Railway M2M system moves onto cloud-based PaaS
OEM Technology Solutions, a railway technology specialist has inked a deal with M2M specialist Digi International this week that will see the two partner on deploying an M2M platform as a service in the cloud to link railway condition monitoring information on one global platform.
Like most “just in time” assets, passenger or freight rail downtime means lost revenue in the billions cumulatively according to GE Transportation; preventative condition monitoring can often be both costly and inefficient.
To that end OEM Technology Solutions are working with Digi and major railway operators to deploy a PaaS platform that provides two-way communication between any IP-connected condition monitoring device and the cloud, allowing technical issues to be communicated directly to the platform without any human intervention.
The companies claim that railway operators will be able to analyse asset information more easily to improve responsiveness and enhance maintenance regimes.
“In order for us to offer preventative service, or conditioned-based monitoring technology, we needed a way to connect our controllers to the Internet. Digi’s products provided that wireless connectivity,” said Richard Gobee, managing director of OEM Technology Solutions. “Rail systems are expected to be one of the fastest and most efficient means of transportation, and the Internet of Things makes that a reality.”