So that customers always have an overview of where their goods are at any given time, RCG, in cooperation with A1 and A1 Digital, has been equipping its freight wagons with SmartCargo, a position, movement and impact sensor, since 2019. State-of-the-art telematics solution for GPS monitoring enables new services for customers as well as significantly improved and even more efficient maintenance coordination. The 11,000 mark has now been reached for freight wagons equipped with "SmartCargo” and the target is around 12,000.
Big step in the direction of “intelligent” and “smart” freight trains
SmartCargo is equipped with position detection, motion sensing and shock detection. RCG, together with A1, is gradually putting intelligent freight trains on track throughout Europe thanks to the additional development of an IT platform. Live data such as location, movement data and temperature are delivered in real time to the Cumolocity platform, where all information about the freight wagons or assets can be accessed digitally in a clear and compact manner.
The position data obtained from the SmartCargo devices particularly helps to optimise maintenance and a move towards mileage-dependent maintenance intervals. In addition, damage to the freight wagon can be detected quickly and improvements regarding equipment handling can be proactively discussed with the involved parties. If there is no network coverage, the data is temporarily stored and is then sent when signal is next available.