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RFID Solutions for Railway Industry
Rail Transportation Systems face a complex set of economic and operational challenges such as competitive freight pricing, maximizing asset utilization, competition with trucking, controlling capital expenditure levels, industry consolidation and worker safety issues. RFID technology applications from GAO RFID help the rail transportation industry to improve revenue growth by reducing costs through improved efficiencies in operations, maintenance, asset utilization, and capacity management.
The GAO RFID systems technology provides exact location and status of any individual rail car This enables timely, accurate and integral information and decision assistance for the management of train transportation and the customer. GAO RFID provides end-to-end Railroad / Transit application management services
A GAO RFID Railway system is available in a number of configurations designed to economically meet a full range of service requirements. Reader systems provide automated tracking of railcars via RFID tags, and make railcar location information available to railroads for asset management and other purposes.
In combination with requirements new applications can be rapidly prototyped and deployed. In addition to the standard configuration, our team of experienced engineers can design systems to meet specific application requirements. Some of the customized applications developed to integrate with the system
Features & Benefits
Custom Rail Solutions
GAO has provided a number of rail solutions for use worldwide including solutions for speed detection with emergency breaking, trackside worker safety and location of rail cars within the rail yard.
Speed detection System
GAO RFID is supplying an RFID Speed Detection system for one of the world's largest rail-equipment manufacturers for use in two of its projects in South America and the Middle East.
This system uses a combination of passive UHF tags, Semi-passive tags, and a custom unit containing an RFID reader, Antenna and, Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). In general, the system indicates when a rail car is entering restricted and non-restricted speed areas, and monitors the speed of the rail car to apply emergency braking if it exceeds speed restrictions.
The custom unit, built by GAO RFID, contains the reader and is mounted on the rail car. RFID tags with various IDs are placed near the track. As the train passes different tag sequences it is able to read the tag IDs and depending on that sequence it generates specific IO signals. As well, it is able to monitor the train's speed. These signals are then sent to the train’s logic module which is able to control the train's speed and also apply the train's emergency breaking system if necessary.
Trackside worker safety is one of the leading safety concerns around the world. Workers are constantly exposed to risk when working anywhere along a rail line. This held true for a Midwest public subway system operator who looked to GAO for a solution to identify where and when trackside personnel were working and to reduce the risk to them. Using RFID and a peripheral voice alert device, designed and developed by GAO, train operators are notified in real time where work crews are located giving the train operator ample time to implement slowdown and proceed with caution procedures or stop the train.
GAO RFID has a solution for the unique challenges of your rail or inter-modal operations. To learn more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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