Russia plans to equip rails with RFID tags

Rails produced by EVRAZ, source: EVRAZ

Russian Railways (RZD) will equip rails with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. The relevant technology will be developed by RST-Invent, a subsidiary of state-owned holding Rusnano. RZD plans to use RFID tags to digitise the monitoring of its infrastructure.

RST-Invent has won the procurement of Russian Railways for the development of tagging technology for the rail sector. The railway company intends to equip rails with RFID tags within its digitalisation programme. It is planned that RFID tags will contain the main features of every rail including the name of the manufacturer, month and year of manufacture, the designation of the type. RZD will use this innovation to digitise and monitor its rail assets.


New tagging technology will also simplify the manufacturing process of the rails. Currently, all the tags are made on rails manually with paint or by special stamps. Accounting for products labelled in this way is available only on paper – in specialised rail books. Sometimes the information in those books is not actual. As a result, this makes impossible or quite difficult to identify a critical problem in case of an emergency.


RST-Invent is a subsidiary of state-owned technology holding Rusnano. It was established together with Systematic Group, a private Russian IT company. RST-Invent is focused on the development, manufacture, supply of RFID tags and technology to various industries. RST-Invent has already implemented the RFID technology for the postal service. It equipped 35 logistics centres and offices of Russian Post with RFID tags. This year the technology has been expanded to the postal containers.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko was editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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