March 22, 2018

Greenrail and Indra sign smart sleeper agreement

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GREENRAIL, an Italian company specialising in the production of railway sleepers using recycled materials, has signed a collaboration agreement with Indra, Spain, to jointly develop smart sleepers capable of collecting, processing and transmitting real-time data on the status of infrastructure and rolling stock.

In the coming months, the partnership will explore the technical and economic viability of smart sleepers, which could be used to support predictive maintenance of track and trains.

The two companies say the agreement also extends to the joint development of other products and solutions for the rail industry, as well as pilot projects for customers and research & development centres.

Greenrail sleepers comprise an outer cover made of a blend of End of Life Tyres (ELTs) and recycled plastic encasing a pre-stressed, reinforced concrete inner core. Up to 35 tonnes of ELT and plastics can be reused in 1km of track (1670 sleepers).

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