Wireless solutions provider Nomad Digital and Portugese rail maintenance firm Empresa de Manutenção de Equipamento Ferroviário (EMEF) have formed a joint venture (JV). Called Nomad Tech, it aims to meet the growing demand for tele-management solutions in the rail sector.
It will offer remote connectivity to earlier off-line digital and analogue legacy systems through Nomad’s high-availability communication solution. In addition, it will combine condition based monitoring (CBM) tools with a reliability centred maintenance (RCM) strategy to help operators build new business-oriented maintenance processes.
In addition to a suite of energy efficiency tools, Nomad Tech will also provide the knowledge and tools to extract critical operational data, perform real-time analysis on-board, automatically issue alerts and feed the relevant information in real-time to rail operators.
Nomad CEO Andrew Taylor said: "The combination of Nomad’s market leading position, channel and technology expertise, together with EMEF’s in-depth technical know-how, hardware and software is highly complementary.
"We are seeing significant demands for condition based monitoring and energy efficiency solutions across our customers, driven by the industry’s continuing demand for improved efficiency and see this area as the industry’s next major evolution."
Comboios de Portugal (CP), Northern Rail, Southeastern, Siemens, Alstom and Hitachi have already adopted tele-management solutions that provide rail operators with a real-time fleet-wide view.
EMEF CEO Alberto Castanho Ribeiro said: "Over the last decade EMEF has become a global pioneer in developing and applying the most modern maintenance strategies and condition based maintenance solutions, as well as eco-friendly solutions, which provide significant cost saving solutions for the railway market."