Saudi Arabian Railway Company (SAR) has contracted CAF to install its LeadMind digital train platform on six passenger trains.

The solution will enable real-time remote monitoring and condition-based maintenance (CBM) of these vehicles, which operate between Riyadh and Qurrayat.

Overall, LeadMind will monitor 62 coaches and 12 locomotives.

The selection of this real-time remote monitoring and CBM system is part of SAR’s digitalisation drive in order to provide more reliable services.

CAF designed LeadMind to enable the operator to deploy connected trains, improve decision making and offer a more competitive service. A modular, open and scalable product, LeadMind can be customised according to client requirements.

The system allows for consistent analysis of railway data ecosystem, including trains, operations and maintenance activity.

The CAF-developed solution is already used by several railway operators, including Euskotren (Spain), Trenitalia (Italy), Amsterdam Tramway (GVB) (Netherland) and Metro de Santiago (Chile).

In March, CAF received the contract to install its LeadMind digital platform on Northern UK rail trains. This contract requires the Spanish railway company to install the system on 431 vehicles.

By next year, LeadMind will monitor more than 3,200 cars comprising 834 train units for 23 clients.

In February, SAR awarded a contract to Perpetuum to offer track condition information services for the 1250km-long rail line from Riyadh to Qurrayat.

It will help SAR to procure real-time information on track conditions and accordingly help in increasing operational safety.