Greater safety and reliability through online monitoring and control
Vogelsang systems for online monitoring and data acquisition for rail transportation

As the experts know, what goes on in railway depots is essentially the same as rush-hour traffic in a big city. Operators of railway tracks just can't afford to have traffic jams, accidents, or breakdowns. It is therefore of tremendous economic importance to directly monitor the location of passenger cars and any malfunctions in service and maintenance stations by means of central data acquisition. This can then also be used as the basis for inspections.

Vogelsang provides its customers with technical systems to meet this need:

UICScan: Vogelsang's highly developed scanning system for automatic detection of the UIC number of passenger cars—which works even during the night.
VEBSys: The web-based system for monitoring the facilities required in a smoothly functioning railway operation.

Our data management solutions

UICScan by Vogelsang – the system for identification in rail transport applications


Identification for railway

  • Ready for immediate use, vehicles require no extra equipment
  • Reliable thanks to use of video technology
  • For high drive-through speeds
  • Documentation of additional parameters, such as speed
  • Can be combined with additional service systems


Online monitoring system

  • Real-time monitoring thanks to web-based control applications
  • Possibility to control third party systems (if they are interface-compatible)
  • Safety operation thanks to an early intervention
  • Extra modules available for authorization and control
  • User friendly interface

Data management and online monitoring for economical operation

Running a railway track company efficiently means knowing where the company's cars is located at all times. The status of maintenance, service, and supply stations in railway depots needs to be monitored and displayed centrally in order to be able to respond to any anomalies. The Vogelsang data management systems UICScan and VEBSys allows passenger cars to be identified at important inspection points, and the cars' data to be captured live together with the data from railway depot facilities of all kinds and reported centrally.

UICScan—Scanner gates for identifying passenger cars

Economically minded railway track companies can save the cost of developing their own identification system for passenger cars by using the legally prescribed UIC numbers. These are located at the car body and can be detected by a scanner set up next to the track. Identification devices with powerful camera systems and computers, like Vogelsang's UICScan gates, are naturally also designed for nighttime operation. 

This not only tells the company where each of its cars is located, it also allows it to distinguish its cars from those of other companies at the train station entrance or before entering washing facilities. This is because the system records other relevant data apart from the vehicle number, such as date and time, speed, and the customer rail company. The results are processed as soon as the train passes the scanning station and are transmitted to the central data management system, such as Vogelsang's VEBSys. The services utilized can then be billed easily to the relevant customer.

The deployment of UICScan systems generally poses no problems and requires no conversion work on vehicles. 

VEBSys—online monitoring of facility data in the railway depot

In order to be able to sensibly coordinate the many activities and applications in a railway depot and to be able to respond immediately to any problems that arise, the operator of a railway depot first needs to have them all in full view. The digital monitoring system plays the same role for the efficient operation of railway facilities that the signal towers play for the actual railway traffic itself. Whether it's the signaling system, the brake testing facilities, washing facilities, or water supply and wastewater disposal  —everything has to work according to plan.

Advanced web-based systems for data management collect the relevant information and document the real-time operating status of the facilities in a railway service depot. Vogelsang's highly compatible VEBSys features high data quality. It doesn't just transmit the data of all the Vogelsang installations in the railway depot, such as the VacUnit vacuum pump stations or TUnit. the user-friendly VEBSys fault indication system also allows the user to view the status of compressors, heaters, and washing facilities supplied by third parties. Different modules are available for inspection and control, depending on the facility connected. They act as early warning systems or fault indicators, preventing incorrect operation of the connected facilities, while at the same time restricting access to the system itself when necessary. The group of authorized users is defined in advance, so the smooth operation of the depot's facilities is doubly protected.

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