Tracking a Russian Train: Kayser-Threde's Telematics System
The test runs of a Railtrac-KTÂ® system installed on a cargo wagon of the Russian Railway have been successfully completed last month. During its 30.000 km journey, the Kayser-Threde produced device transmitted its position and the train?s cruising speed on a regular basis. Thus, it was possible to locate the wagon at any time and to track the train?s route using interactive maps in the Internet.
The sensoric equipment of Railtrac-KTÂ® also allows to monitor the temperature in the cargo compartment, the state of the freight and e.g. vibrations. In case of emergency, the device can also be used to transmit an emergency signal activated either manually by the personnel on the train or automatically (in case of unauthorised opening of the wagon?s door).
The device Railtrac-KTÂ® interrupts its sleep mode in regular intervals to determine position and cruising speed by means of a GPS navigation receiver. Via Short Message Service (SMS) the data is sent to the central station at Kayser-Threde in Munich, Germany, where it is stored in a data base. Each customer has access to his individual data using a standard Internet browser. A special feature of Railtrac-KTÂ® is the graphic representation of the wagon?s position on interactive maps.
For the test-runs the GSM-based device was further equipped with a satellite communications system, type INMARSAT-C. This was necessary as in Russia GSM is available only in the cities. In the expanses of Siberia Railtrac-KTÂ® fully relied on satellite communication. The train?s position could thus be tracked both at the wagon control center in Moscow and simultaneously at Kayser-Threde.
Kayser-Threde and the Russian company NIIEM based in Istra, near Moscow conducted the test runs in June and October. The device was installed on a cargo train which carried it from Moscow via the Trans-Siberian rail track almost to the Pacific Ocean and far up North to the swamp areas Northeast of Ural.
Kayser-Threde successfully demonstrated the whole application range of its telematics system Railtrac-KTÂ®. The company now prepares for series production for the Russian market.
Systems Solutions within Transport Telematics
The systems house Kayser-Threde and the company Nusys -Transportdata signed a contract covering cooperation in the field of transport telematics. Thus, Kayser-Threde is offering complete Telematics system solutions all over Europe â for applications in the railway, the road, and the construction sector. A "European Alarm Center" network was initiated by Transportdata to enable police or private security services to act in good time in case of theft.
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