With installations in more than 24 countries, TransCore is the leader in Automatic Equipment Identification (AEI) for the rail industry. We set the standards by which all AEI is measured. On all five continents, TransCore has installed more than 8.9 million tags and 30,350 readers throughout the rail and intermodal industry.
Wireless radio frequency identification systems
In 1991 the North American rail industry adopted a mandatory standard based on TransCore's Amtech wireless Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. TransCore's RFID rail tags (available in 902MHz to 928MHz, 865MHz to 870MHz, and 2,450MHz bands) are designed for years of continued, reliable use in the harshest operating environments. All railcars in interchange service in North America are required to be equipped with our radio frequency tags, allowing railroads to manage cars and locomotives nationwide. TransCore's tags are also encoded per the ATA standard for trucking applications.
Rail and intermodal equipment tracking and monitoring
TransCore's products electronically identify and monitor rail and intermodal equipment. This allows rail, port, marine and trucking companies to track and monitor equipment effectively, resulting in increased equipment utilization and reduced re-handles, dwell time and overhead.
Transportation tag and reader system
Our transportation tag and reader system provides an easy and inexpensive way to improve productivity and reduce costs. Transportation tags are mounted on railcars, locomotives, trailers, chassis, containers, and truck cabs with readers installed at strategic points, such as railroad interchange points and yards, gates, fuel tracks lanes, and maintenance facilities.
As tagged equipment passes a reader, the tag identifies the equipment and the reader relays the time, date, or other programmed information to a host computer. Intermodal and trucking companies also use TransCore readers and tags to track chassis, containers and other equipment as soon as it enters the terminal gates: for example, the serial number, time and date of transaction is sent to the host computer the moment the tagged equipment passes a reader.
Our system also helps ensure timeliness and accuracy and improve scheduling. Hands-free and wireless, these systems improve equipment and inventory accuracy, eliminate paperwork and increase employee productivity by automating equipment tracking procedures at the terminal.
RFID rail tags
RFID tags are attached to locomotives and wagons and encoded with equipment-specific information. Readers are placed at strategic junction points along each line, and as tagged equipment passes a reader, asset data stored in the tag is recorded in real time.
The data is then transmitted to your host computer, automating and simplifying system management functions while providing perpetual inventory control.
Railcar RFID rail tags
TransCore's RFID rail tags (available in 902MHz to 928MHz, and 2,450MHz, bands) are designed for years of continued, reliable use in the harshest operating environments.
RFID tags affixed to railcars are subjected to every imaginable harsh environmental exposure (heat, cold, snow, ice, dirt, rain, oil and – in certain cases – temperatures over 350°F), yet they are required to be installed once and operate indefinitely with 99%+ reliability.
Our new tag technology features high-speed reading and writing capability, greatly enhanced data rate, memory capacity, and on-the-fly programming with security.
TransCore provides two general classes of readers depending on application requirements – single and multi-protocol, and fixed mount or portable (i.e. handheld). Performance and selection of an individual TransCore reader is wholly dependent on the application environment in which the reader is to be deployed.
TransCore also manufactures and distributes a variety of antennas to support rail and intermodal applications, and a satellite GPS (GlobalWave®) system which complements the RFID solution.
Full-distribution chain-management solutions
We provide logistics management and integrated supply-chain tracking systems to customers on five continents. From rail to truck, we offer full-distribution chain-management solutions.
Reliable AEI solutions
TransCore offers reliable AEI solutions for automating electronic data capture and transmission.
TransCore's Global Absolute Positioning System (GAPS) transponders and interrogators are also used by trainborne systems to identify a train's absolute position.
This reference location information is used by other train control and information systems such as Computer Based Train Control (CBTC), Automatic Train Protection (ATP), Automatic Train Location (ATL), and Automatic Train Separation (ATS) systems, door control systems, and audio and visual annunciation systems.