Data-driven maintenance: A major leap in rail fleet maintenance – VR FleetCare and EKE-Electronics to launch cooperation
Data-driven maintenance will, in addition to creating significant cost savings for the rail fleet owners, increase safety and enhance the usability of the rolling stock. Trains keep on moving and serving the customers when they are directed to maintenance only when necessary. Furthermore, train traffic will operate more reliably when it is possible to predict rolling stock malfunctions before they cause disruptions in traffic.
A technical solution that is innovative even on a global scale
The cooperation is based on VR FleetCare’s technical rail fleet expertise as well as fleet maintenance optimisation and EKE-Electronics’ experience in train automation systems and remote condition monitoring.
EKE’s SmartVision™ remote monitoring system and data analytics of the British company Humaware that was acquired by EKE in early 2019 are utilised in this solution. The aim is to develop a system providing data that predicts the maintenance need of bogies by using sensor technology and a smart combination of cloud and edge computing.
Sensors and data transmission systems will be installed in VR Group’s locomotives and electric trains during this year. More extensive results of the development work can be expected next year.
Media Contact Information:
VR Group Communications, media desk, Tel +358 (0)307 0123
Mikko Alanko, Director, Digital Services, VR FleetCare
Karl Lönngren, Director, Digital Services EKE Electronics
A multiple-brand rail fleet service-provider, VR FleetCare is a subsidiary of the Finnish railway operator VR Group. We provide our customers with quality railway traffic equipment repair, maintenance and lifecycle services as well as technical fleet expert services in the Nordic and Baltic countries. With an annual turnover of approximately EUR 200 million, VR FleetCare employs more than 1,000 employees.
EKE-Electronics is a division of the EKE Group, a privately held Finnish company with diversified international operations. EKE-Electronics Ltd. is a leading global supplier of intelligent train automation and management systems. Based in Finland, the company has operated in the railway business for over 30 years, executing complex projects across the world and currently focusing on Australia, Europe and China.