The first series of 1000 general freight wagons will be fitted with two RFID tags each by the end of this year; in all about 5000 wagons will be equipped by the end of 2017.

With this move SBB Cargo is responding to customer demand. The new technology will enable customers to follow the progress of their wagons on the railway network and check their position in the train, as well as sending information about the time of arrival or departure as required. The aim is to generate new potential for improved logistics concepts and services.

This is just one of the projects launched by SBB Cargo, which is currently focusing on developments in three areas. Its Asset Intelligence project is exploring ways of applying new technology to railfreight wagons, with 150 wagons already in trial operation. A second project is devoted to modernising shunting and train formation operations to improve efficiency. Lastly, its Wayside Intelligence scheme is designed to identify and check the status of wagons passing certain points.

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