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 train yards is essentially the same as rush-hour traffic in a big city. Operators of railroads 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:
Our data management solutions
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
UICScan—scanner gates for determining the location of passenger cars
Economically minded railroad companies can save the cost of developing their own identification system for passenger cars by using the legally prescribed UIC numbers. These are located in the center of each car 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. The trains driving past do not need to reduce speed and, thanks to an additional axle counter, the speed of the car can be captured reliably along with its number.
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 installation of UICScan devices likewise generally poses no problems and can be done without making changes to the vehicles; all they require is electricity. In terms of location, however, exposure to sunlight should be considered alongside any strategic considerations, in order to prevent dazzling of the cameras in the UICScan device.
VEBSyS—online monitoring of facility data in the train yard
In order to be able to sensibly coordinate the many movements and applications in a rail yard and to be able to respond immediately to any problems that arise, the operator of a train yard first needs to have them all in full view. The digital monitoring system plays the same role for the efficient operation of railroad facilities that the signal towers play for the actual rail traffic itself. Whether it's the signaling system, the brake testing facilities, washing facilities, or water supply and effluent 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 rail service yard. Vogelsang's highly compatible VEBSys features high data quality. It doesn't just transmit the data of all the Vogelsang installations in the train yard, such as double pump stations with vacuum disposal or T-systems; the user-friendly VEBSys fault annunciator system's documentation 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 yard's facilities is doubly protected.