Opengear’s remote management gateways have been selected by TMV Control Systems, a locomotive systems designer and manufacturer, to help rail fleets operate more efficiently.

Designed to improve response times and resolve problems quickly, Opengear’s remote management gateways offer 3G cellular connectivity for immediate engine data reporting to TMV Control Systems’ locomotive monitoring systems.

TMV Control Systems software developer Isaac Sutherland said: "Data that used to take hours to collect is now automatically retrieved every few minutes.

Problems can be identified and analysed as they occur so that remote support staff can provide timely solutions."

"Health supervisors, equipment owners, and maintenance staff now have online access to data that is just minutes old. Problems can be identified and analysed as they occur so that remote support staff can provide timely solutions."

TMV Control Systems’ Traction and Engine Control Unit (TECU) has been equipped with Opengear’s ACM5004-G-I remote management gateway for secure transmission of critical data even while locomotives are travelling.

Developed to provide rail customers of TMV Control Systems with information about their locomotive fleet’s health and location, the integrated TECU can now remotely monitor engine systems using 3G wireless connectivity, GPS capabilities, and VPN gateway.

The data gathered can now be accessed in real-time at anytime and from anywhere, enabling the operational staff to deliver timely maintenance on identifying issues with engine remotely.

Following the integration of Opengear equipment with TECU, TMV Control Systems has already started to realise benefits such as improved operational efficiency and reduced downtime.