BRC locomotives in the US to feature Wi-Tronix’s Violet Edge System

31 March 2021 (Last Updated March 31st, 2021 12:30)

IoT platform provider Wi-Tronix has been selected by US-based Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC) for the installation of Violet Edge IoT Systems on their fleet of locomotives.

BRC locomotives in the US to feature Wi-Tronix’s Violet Edge System
The full fleet deployment of Wi-Tronix Violet Edge technology will include fuel consumption and idle reduction monitoring, incident investigation and mechanical health status, as well as alerts for high coupling forces. Credit: Wi-Tronix.

IoT platform provider Wi-Tronix has been selected by US-based Belt Railway of Chicago (BRC) for the installation of Violet Edge IoT Systems on their fleet of locomotives.

The installation of Wi-Tronix’s Violet Edge technology will cover fuel consumption and idle reduction monitoring, mechanical health status and warnings for high coupling forces, as well as incident investigation.

With a connected solution, these characteristics will help in responding to emergency situations or incident investigations in a quick and efficient manner.

BRC president Mike Grace said: “Using new tools, like the solution we have sourced from Wi-Tronix, allows us to fulfil our mission while making improvements to our use of fuel, our environmental footprint and the overall efficiency of our locomotive assets. At the BRC, we are excited to have a connected solution that will provide actionable information and insights on how our rail networks are performing in real-time.”

Wi-Tronix CEO and CTO Larry Jordan said: “Being a contained switching operation, The Belt Railway of Chicago has some unique operational requirements and the flexibility of the Wi-Tronix solution enables us to deliver on business value. We are honoured to hold a central role in providing essential solutions that railways worldwide rely upon to drive continuous improvement in the safety, reliability, and efficiency of their rail operations.”

BRC’s Clearing Yard switches and despatches more than 3,000 railcars for numerous major railways on a daily basis.

With more than 483km of yard track, the BRC is the largest intermediate switching terminal railway in the US.