Bane NOR launches digital track monitoring system
Norway’s Bane NOR will be utilising sensor monitoring to improve maintenance predictability and thereby reduce stoppages and increase punctuality. To that end, it has launched a digital track monitoring system and accompanying app, which will communicate sensor data insights and signal the need for measures.
The app utilises data from track components and other systems that interact with the trains. This data offers insight into track conditions and the possible need for maintenance or other work. As a result, Bane NOR says it will be able to remedy a situation when required, not during the time when maintenance is scheduled to take place. Because of the wealth of data, railway managers should also be in a better position going forward to analyse the root causes of a particular problem.
Although Bane NOR collaborated with Microsoft in studying how to utilise data for smart maintenance, the track monitoring app is not an off-the-shelf solution but an in-house development.
“We can stay one step ahead and prevent faults before they arise. This offers us a new way of working and helps us to avoid train stoppages and delays in the future. We call it Smart maintenance,” according to Sverre Kjenne, executive vice president of operations and technology at Bane NOR. He added that the system will be rolled out across the country step by step.
“The development work is progressing smoothly, with the ICT department receiving feedback on needs. We
develop both the design and the solution in collaboration with the railway organisations, among others,” Kristine Tveit, Bane NOR’s ICT lead for the project.