GB Railfreight Successfully Trials Brake Monitoring System

Posted: 1 November 2023 | | No comments yet

GB Railfreight have successfully trialled a new brake monitoring system, developed in collaboration with Icomera, DG8 and SENSEi.

GB Railfreight (GBRf) announced a successful four-week test of an innovative new solution for monitoring wheel and brake issues. Developed in collaboration with Icomera, DG8 and SENSEi, this world-first system enables battery-powered sensors to remotely share status and out-of-tolerance alerts with drivers and operational control centres, whilst they perform vehicle pre-checks.

GBRf is really proud to be leading the freight industry by developing these innovative solutions to reduce incidents relating to wheel and brake issues,” David Golding, Asset Director, GB Railfreight, said.

This IoT (Internet of Things) technology can help to create a safer and more efficient rail network by reducing the number of incidents relating to wheel and brake faults. No known method has previously existed for delivering freight wagon brake sensor data to the driver in the locomotive wirelessly, via a closed system. When using the system, train drivers receive sensor data directly to an application on a tablet in their cabin. This allows them to take immediate action to mitigate potential wheel or brake-related risk factors as well as respond to real-time feedback on the results of their actions.

“The utilisation of low-power sensors, long range, wireless networking and edge intelligence is enabling long sought ambitions for autonomous monitoring and real-time alerting to be realised in the freight rail sector, fulfilling the potential for significant improvements to operational efficiency, cost and safety,” Damon Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, SENSEi Networks Limited, said.

Following this successful test, GB Railfreight are developing the next set of solutions, scheduling further trials.

“Connecting drivers and the engineering teams that support them to real-time trainborne sensor data is a natural step towards a safer and more efficient rail network for all users,” Peter Kingsland, SVP, Icomera UK, said.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *