NSB train monitoring
The investment was returned in less than three months, including investment costs for control units, assembly and installation.
Before the introduction of the system, NSB used security guards to monitor trains when they were not in traffic. Their task was to check the temperature of the trains so that it did not get too low, check that the trains had power.
NSB wanted to replace this expensive manual monitoring with a system that monitored the same (battery and room temperature). Datek was requested to develop such a system for NSB.
The solution is based on Datek’s M2M platform, but is adapted to a monitoring system that covers NSB’s needs. Control units are mounted in about 250 train sets, and all requirements that NSB originally had is satisfied.
The system is also integrated with many NSB systems, such as Troll, Single Sign-On system, INDB and TIOS (Bane NOR).
The system is used by NSB’s monitoring center DROPS, where status of all trains not in traffic are monitored in real time. For trains in traffic, alarms are forwarded automatically to the Troll system which is used by train personnel.
The system has been profitable for NSB to introduce. The return on investment (ROI) is for the record books. The investment was returned in less than three months, including investment costs for control units, assembly and installation. This is a really good example of effective use of automation and IoT.