TagMaster, the leading producer of advanced radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions for rail applications, has received a new major order from its Italian partner Generale Sistemi.

The order, worth over SEK3 million ($425,000) will be supplied over the coming months to TagItalia, a division of Generale Sistemi based in Prato, Italy. The RFID equipment will be used to automatically identify rail vehicles on a mainline vehicle condition monitoring system.

Through its division TagItalia, Generale Sistemi has for many years been engaged in providing TagMaster RFID identification systems to the rail sector, particularly for use in onboard solutions and in the field of dynamic diagnostic monitoring stations.

“In Italy, the technologies and diagnostic systems are very advanced,” says Adolfo Deltodesco, GM of TagItalia, “and major companies such as MERMEC, Tecnogamma, Sirti, Ansaldo, Delta Sistemi and others are now heavily engaged in the development of multifunctional train condition monitoring portals. These portals are capable of measuring the essential diagnostic parameters needed to ensure rail safety. The parameters include wagon structure and weight, dimensional profile, wheels profile, bearing temperature and others. Portal systems measure these conditions at high speeds through fully automatic portals placed along the line.”

Real-time analysis at 300km/h

The TagMaster heavy-duty RFID system is an indispensable component of the portal systems. The RFID system allows a real-time analysis of the measured conditions to be directly associated with the precise identity of each carriage or wagon examined. An ID-Tag is installed on each car or wagon and the TagMaster reader is installed on the side of the track, which is able to read the tag at speeds of over 300km/h.

“This is a well-deserved order for Generale Sistemi,” says Richard Holt, director of transportation at TagMaster. “They have been promoting our products in the rail sector for some time and with continuing success. With these new condition monitoring technologies, railway operators can identify not only every single carriage or wagon, but also detect the transit and dynamic composition of individual convoys along the rail network.”

TagMaster is a Swedish technology company founded in 1994 with headquarters in Kista, Sweden. TagMaster designs and markets advanced RFID systems and information services associated with automatic vehicle identification, rail bound transportations and people access in order to increase efficiency, security, convenience and to decrease environmental impact. TagMaster exports mainly to Europe, Asia and North America via a global network of partners, systems integrators and distributors. TagMaster shares are traded on First North in Stockholm, Sweden. TagMaster’s Certified Adviser is Remium AB.