MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–Siemens has introduced its RailFusion software solution that monitors and analyzes data points across an entire railroad’s infrastructure including onboard and wayside assets like road crossings and end-of-train devices. The software can remotely monitor and capture data from both Siemens and third-party devices located on the infrastructure, the company said. By inserting intelligence behind the captured data, the software can evolve to include predictive capabilities that will help railroads identify trends to better plan their operations and fix issues before they become a problem, resulting in greater time and cost savings, Siemense added during the release at Railway Interchange 2015,
“On any given railroad there are trillions of data points being created by train systems and devices along a line, but this data is simply not being put into action,” said John Paljug, head of Siemens Rail Automation. “RailFusion brings all of these disparate data points together in one system and puts intelligence behind them, allowing railroads to make more informed, efficient decisions about how to operate and maintain their systems specific to their needs.”
RailFusion can interact with any devices or systems located on rail infrastructure including Positive Train Control (PTC). The software will offer operators the ability to monitor the health of a PTC network and the equipment providing services for the control system, the company said.
The information gathered by the RailFusion system is securely transmitted in real-time and stored in a Siemens data center where the analytics and reporting will be performed. The software is currently being piloted in North America.