Wabtec’s EdgeLINC™: Driving the next stage for connected trains

Adebayo Onigbanjo, Principal IoT Platforms and Application Leader for Wabtec Corporation’s Core Electronics and Data Analytics group, explains the next stage for connected trains and how rail operators can truly drive transformation.

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To help level set, what do you consider as a connected train?

In its simplest form, a connected train is a train that is constantly visible and reporting its condition, status and location to a back office or remote system. While this is not new because machine-to-machine (m2m) systems have offered a variation of this, the difference today is this connectivity is enabled by the Internet. The Internet of Things (IoT) platform is a broader system that moves away from the monolithic architecture common to m2m systems to a more microservices architecture that truly enables true connectedness and collaboration.

So how is Wabtec enabling this connectivity?

Wabtec is proud to be one of the leading global providers of equipment and technical solutions for the rail industry. Over the past few years, we have combined forces with several prominent leaders in this space and we have a portfolio that supports both transit and freight customers. Together, we are propelling the rail industry forward with technical innovation, unique digital solutions, and world-class manufacturing and services. It is our intention to not only provide solutions that integrate, but also to promote cross collaboration and visibility.

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