RFID for Railways

In the US, some 40 % of all intercity freight goes by rail, including 67 % of the coal used by electric utilities to produce power. According to the American Association of Railways, in the US, railroads transport 1.7 million carloads of hazmat each year.
A RFID Railway system is available from FALKEN Secure Networks in a number of configurations designed to economically meet a full range of service requirements. Reader systems provide automated tracking of railcars via RFID tags, Readers and integrated Middleware, and make railcar and locomotive identification and location information available to railroads for asset management and other purposes.
• Traffic and Passenger Information: The system provides accurate and reliable information about where a train is located. This real-time information is forwarded to IT systems and used to
update the passenger information displays at stations and terminals.
• Operation and Maintenance: Precise information about the configuration of wagons within a train can be provided automatically by the system. This information can be integrated with other
systems such as track inspection systems, so that the recorded information can be automatically matched to the actual wagon, thus eliminating errors.
• Location of the Train: The System with the help of the reader determines the location of the train by reading the tag identity as the train passes over the tag at speed. This location data is
transferred to the onboard system and can be used to update passenger information automatically
• Controlling and Positioning of Trains: Some onboard systems require a precise position of the train, for example to control stopping positions. The reader accurately reports
the position when the train passes over an ID-tag. An alternative configuration would be positioning readers on poles at trackside and reading the tagged wagons as they pass. If tags are consistently positioned, for example, at the mid-point of the train, the identification of the tag would be correlated with the length of the wagon and exact speed could be determined in the software application.
In combination with requirements, new applications and various report formats can be rapidly prototyped and deployed. In addition to the standard configuration, our team of experienced engineers can design systems to meet specific application requirements. Some of the customized applications developed to integrate with the system include:
• Track Inspection System
• Signal Asset Tracking System
• Safety Audit
• Inventory and Maintenance
• Equipment Distribution and Management
• Car Accounting Systems
• Rail Yard Information Management

• The System stores tag data including time, date, train direction and speed.
• It also responds to inquiries via modem and interfaces to scales, video systems and diagnostic and monitoring devices.
• Timely data to increase capacity, speed, automation and operational flexibility
• Arrival and departure data for signal and control operations

Products are now available for demanding RAIL RFID Applications
A range of readers and ID-tags that fulfill the tough requirements of the rail industry are now available.These products are used worldwide in railway applications which require identification and positioning at high speed, with high precision and in demanding environments.
We propose IPICO Inc. iRAIL technology for such Rail applications. Its patented IP-X Air Interface protocol enables the highest read rates involving multiple simultaneous tag reads in dynamic
environments, and in motion at high speed exceeding 260 km/hr. which regular UHF RFID tags and readers cannot achieve. This mission critical railway application is a perfect fit for the key differentiating strengths of IPICO.
For those operating a railway, information is the engine of efficiency as well as safety. The vastness of railways – cars, cargo, track, countries and conditions – presents a massive challenge
for management of rolling stock and rail operations. IPICO’s low cost, passive RF technology enables consistently accurate identification and control of assets in virtually any operating environment:
* At speeds of up to 260 KPH
* In challenging weather or extreme electromagnetic conditions
* In crowded rail yards
* In both online and off line modes of operation

Because IPICO overcomes limitations of conventional RFID, it opens a wide range of management solutions including:
Train Configuration and Capacity Management: Simply and accurately, identifying the location and status of every piece of rolling stock, making and breaking trains, and routing cars – saving huge amounts of time and labour.
Safety: Preventing trains from heading onto the wrong track at the wrong time, even in remote, offline environments. And preventing the wrong cargo from being loaded onto the wrong car – for example,loading coal onto a car that formerly held fuel.
Maintenance: Management of repairs and cleaning of each engine or car, with the history housed on the RFID tag as well as on a central database.

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