New technology is changing how trains are maintained across the globe. Pedro Conceicao, CBM Technical Sales Consultant at Nomad Digital talks about how remote monitoring changes the fundamentals of rolling stock care and rail maintenance.
Remote monitoring is creating a seismic technological shift in rail, which has flipped the paradigm for many who share the responsibility of maintaining and repairing trains worldwide.
The technology has developed widespread approval among its adopters in the industry. Now, slowly but surely, remote monitoring is set to be used by all leading train operators, rolling stock companies and manufacturers.
Why? Because they can see from afar what is happening to their trains in real-time as they serve customers.
The result is that trains will last longer. Components will be used to their fullest extent, and there will be no need to take a train off the network just for basic checks. Meanwhile, if there is a fault, engineers using remote monitoring know about it as early as possible – before the vehicle even gets back to the depot.
And it doesn’t just make a difference to the trains. The businesses harnessing this technology have seen their teams evolve. Staff have taken on new skills that help leverage the huge potential of remote monitoring data broadcast by trains as they travel along the network. Departmental silos within companies have been shattered, with experts using the technology to ensure a free flow of information from team to team.