Asset Location Reporting in Maintenance Depots

Use Cases

As part of the diversification and expansion of Convert’s IP Portfolio, for the past 2 years we have been working on our Tracking and Communication Technology solution, initially for the Health & Social Care sector, but can be applied equally well across a range of industries, such as Military & Aerospace, Rail, and Healthcare Logistics. Below are three Use Case examples for your consideration. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, don’t hesitate to Contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

Asset Tracking in the Rail Industry

The railway industry in the UK is looking to continuously improve its performance and efficiency at a time when it is facing significant challenges due to unprecedented growth in passenger and freight traffic. Asset tracking technologies provide crucial information such as location and status of key assets during maintenance operations, leading to a reduction in downtime, resulting in fewer service delays, and ultimately improving the passenger’s travelling experience. 

The Problem

An essential ingredient in the successful running of a railway is a well maintained system, which includes infrastructure, signalling, rolling stock, and the all-important digital transformation of key maintenence services. Currently, rail markets are poorly served by existing digital location reporting technologies (e.g., based on Wi-Fi, BLE signaling) lacking flexibility in cost, accuracy, security, and process integration. 

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Automated asset location tracking is no longer a luxury. It is essential to improve business operations, especially when losses are currently being reported of approximately 30% asset-value annually.

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According to The National Infrastructure Commission, the estimated overall cost of rail disruptions, including delays caused by inefficient maintenace processes, could be as much as £600m/year.

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Trains require special facilities for storage & maintenance. The basic design of these facilities has changed little in the last 100 years. This is unconducive to achieving the digital transformation necessary for a thriving and modern rail system.

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Engine/coach location monitoring through engineering maintenance yards would save >£150k p.a. in reduced-labour (wasted time looking for plant and equipment) and increased efficiency. Potential payback in c.10 months.

The Solution

By way of example, asset tracking enables:

More proactive in-service scheduling, and better ability to plan repairs and upgrades. Monitoring the location of crew and equipment will ensure the safe and controlled movement of rail vehicles into and out of train maintenance depots. Monitoring technology provides depot maintenance supervisors with better visibility of the status of the road, who is working in each road, and the status of other maintenance equipment when ‘tagged’ and tracked within the local radio field. 

Track and locate hundreds of asset tags quickly, across many square kilometres, helping to fix faults in a timely manner.

Enabling depot management teams to plan maintenance tasks and train movement operations more effectively throughout the depot.

Tracking of engines, coaches, tools, lifting gear, bogies and components is needed to improve operational efficiency and safety compliance.

A flexible system that works across both indoor and outdoor settings and can be easily scaled.

Client Benefits

Deploying location reporting/monitoring technologies in asset management could contribute significantly in reducing the overall financial and economic cost of rail disruptions by around £600M per year.

Engine/coach location monitoring across a railway yard would save >£150k p.a. in reduced labour and increased efficiency.

Various possible applications of Convert Technologies’ solution in Rail Maintenance Depots can deliver real-world benefits such as:

Improved efficiency for the workforce and administration.

Better visibility of key asset locations across very large areas.

Improved workflow, meaning reduced downtime and fewer service delays.

Improved staff safety levels.

Improved communications between management and maintenance operatives.

TaCT System Specification

Scalable to large deployments with thousands of devices.

Quick and easy to install.

Location: Can achieve <2 Metres accuracy, works across multiple floors (3D) in complex indoor/outdoor environments.

Anchor Density: In general, 1-2 anchors required per room to increase precision, max anchor line of sight range <200m (outdoors), anchors can be operated by battery (rechargeable), solar or Power over Ethernet.

Ease of Use: Easy to install, setup and configure via mobile app, current installations 1 to 2 days, including training personnel.

Low power and long-life battery operation makes installation and management quick and easy.

Offers payback within one year.

Download the ‘SALUS – Technology For The Rail Industry ‘ white paper below

Finding Out More

We want to engage channel partners to help shape the solution to their needs, ready for integration into their systems. As such, we are now able to offer a technology demonstration system available to interested parties, which can be installed quickly and easily in your preferred location or environment, for testing and validation purposes.