GREENBRIER Europe has awarded Amsted Digital a multi-year contract to supply onboard telematic devices to improve shipment tracking and wagon maintenance.

Amsted Digital says the data collected by its IQ Series gateways will help Greenbrier Europe’s wagon leasing customers “improve safety, better plan and manage shipments, and identify bottlenecks to streamline rail supply chains.”

The devices will also be used to optimise Greenbrier’s maintenance planning. “The platform will provide Load Status in Motion (LSiM) for loaded and empty mileage tracking without an external sensor, and the devices can be configured over the air to incorporate wheel and brake health,” Amsted says.

Amsted Digital says the IQ Series gateway delivers operational and logistics insights without the need for additional sensors, adding that it features a “proprietary hybrid power design that utilises both solar and rechargeable batteries, extending the performance life up to 10 years.”

Amsted Digital says the IQ series gateway provides:

  • accurate GPS location data to manage inbound empty and outbound high-priority loaded wagons
  • up-to-the-minute updates on actual wagon arrival and departure, even within depots
  • accurate and reliable mileage data for loaded and empty wagon utilisation, and
  • real-time alerts for last-mile delivery, excessive dwell time, delays in transit and estimated arrival time.

Additionally, the device can be installed on the body of virtually any wagon type using self-tapping screws, through-bolts, or an optional magnetic mount, Amsted Digital says.

“We’re proud to provide a solution for Greenbrier and their customers that not only provides invaluable wagon data, but also minimises system costs,” says Amsted Digital Solutions executive vice-president and COO, Mr Brad Myers. “Our IQ Series gateway delivers advanced functionality that would typically demand two, three, or even four onboard devices when compared with competing systems.”