Siemens RailFusion to turn Big Data into Intelligence

Siemens launches RailFusion Big Data Asset Monitoring Software that monitors and analyses Data Points across an entire RailRoad Infra

Siemens RailFusionSiemens, at Railway Interchange-2015 held at Minneapolis between October 4-7, introduced RailFusion, a 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.

“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.”

The Siemens RailFusion platform is the next generation of remote monitoring and intelligent asset management. Our platform is designed with the railroad in mind, and is backed by a dedicated team that is there to support the railroads with custom solutions – said a senior executive present at the event. Designed to remotely monitor and analyse data from a wide range of Siemens and third-party assets including level crossing equipment and end-of-train devices, the technology is currently being piloted in North America.

Railway Interchange 2015Siemens said RailFusion would provide rail operators with ‘unprecedented insight’, including predictive capabilities to help identify trends so that preventative maintenance can be undertaken before problems occur.

Using RailFusion, monitoring devices can communicate with each other to remotely determine the status and effectiveness of maintenance activities. Level crossing data can be used to identify malfunctions, with occupation data available to help the emergency services identify the quickest route when responding to an incident.

‘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.’

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