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NSB chooses Nomad to reduce costs and improve fleet

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(Newcastle upon Tyne, 3 December 2013) NSB, Norway’s primary passenger rail company, has chosen Nomad Digital to deploy its Telemanagement solution on over 140 of its trains. The solution will help NSB efficiently monitor the condition of its entire fleet – in a bid to reduce maintenance costs and increase fleet availability.

The Telemanagement technology has been developed by Nomad Tech,Nomad Digital’s recently announced joint venture with EMEF, who is recognised as a pioneer in this market. Telemanagement, which incorporates condition based monitoring, reliability centred maintenance and energy efficiency solutions, enables fleet owners to proactively manage the operational performance of their trains remotely, generating efficient and fast decision making – resulting in reduced costs and improvements in operational management and the overall performance of fleets.

Nomad Digital’s latest contract with NSB, represents part of an estimated £5bn market for potential operational savings that Telemanagement could deliver. NSB is one of a growing number of rail operators that have acknowledged the significant benefits that Telemanagement solutions can bring. With plans to have the real-time maintenance and monitoring solutions on all of its trains, NSB also claim that the operator will automatically deploy Telemanagement solutions on all new trains joining its fleet.

A spokesman for NSB said:

“Telemagement will help determine when parts actually need replacing, instead of changing perfectly adequate parts capable of doing thousands of more miles. In addition, it will inform us when to perform preventive maintenance tasks for the best results in regards to availability.”

Other benefits cited include improved safety, significant cost savings and increased availability of trains, thanks mainly to only having to replace parts when necessary, with fewer trains routinely being taken out of service.

It is common practice to regularly take trains out of service to conduct routine maintenance based on the distance of service, and not based on the actual condition of equipment. With the help of Nomad’s technology, operators can now adopt Telemanagement processes to focus maintenance on replacing only genuinely end-of-life equipment. This, in turn, extends the average life of train components, reducing downtime of affected units and hence realising significant cost savings.

“Secure high bandwidth wireless systems enable real-time remote diagnostics and real-time monitoring on trains, trams and buses,” says chief executive at Nomad Digital. “Our technology allows an operator to understand in real-time the location and condition of every asset within the entire network, enabling them to focus on improving both the cost and operational management of their business.”

“Early detection of potential failures of on-board equipment, together with a full condition based monitoring system, allows for better predictive maintenance schemes, ultimately leading to improved reliability and availability of the rolling stock.”

About Nomad Digital

Nomad Digital is the world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet connectivity solutions to the railway industry. It offers a broad solutions portfolio to transport operators and builders that significantly enhance passenger experience and increase fleet operational efficiency.

Its integrated and scalable solutions include the multi-award winning and patent-protected Passenger WiFi, enabling seamless connectivity with the internet and on-board infotainment. In addition, its Passenger Information System for live journey, multi-media information and Passenger Portal Framework simplifies the creation of custom portals for on-board services and entertainment. And Nomad’s Remote Online Condition Monitoring, Driver Assist and Power Train products are targeted at identifying efficient fleet maintenance operations and improving fuel economy.

Nomad is the pioneer of the Intelligent journey – a shared and secure network infrastructure to which all authorised on-board systems and passenger devices may connect.

For more information on Nomad Digital please contact:
Vicki Sloan, Global Marketing and Events Manager
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