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1 December 2006

Chinese Railways Automate using TagMaster RFID

The TagMaster RFID system will play a key role in the automation of power switching on locomotives on Chinese railways. The first volume order for an RFID system to be installed on 100 locomotives in China has been placed by the Guangdong Railway Bureau through TagMaster’s local partner, FTRD Industry in Shenzhen.

Chinese railways are to be improved and modernised in order to allow higher speed and improved safety. The TagMaster RFID system will be a central part in a new automatic power switching system on locomotives. The system will ensure that the locomotive automatically switches between different feeder stations in each sector of the track, allowing the driver to focus on driving the train in a more relaxed and secure manner.

Today the transition between zones is handled manually several times along the track. This is regarded as a critical moment, where a mistake can cause such fatal damage to the engines that the train has to stop along the track. This can lead to safety risks, costly repairs and loss of time. “This is an important milestone for TagMaster. Selling our equipment to the railway industry will have a positive impact on all ongoing business projects in China. TagMaster now strengthens its general market position in China and especially within the railway sector”, says Anders Holmlund of TagMaster.

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