Vilant to install RFID system on Finnish rail network

19 June 2012 (Last Updated June 19th, 2012 18:30)

Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto has selected Vilant to install a radio-frequency identification (RFID) system on the whole of Finland state's rail network.

Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto has selected Vilant to install a radio-frequency identification (RFID) system on the whole of Finland state's rail network.

Under the deal, Vilant will install 120 specialised RFID reader units and integrate them into Liikennevirasto's detector network.

The new railway tracking system will allow real-time monitoring of trains running at different speeds up to 250km/h as well as track trains in the remote areas using the GPRS network to improve safety and service.

Liikennevirasto maintains record of the rolling stock condition on Finnish rails via a network of detectors installed along the track, to make sure that traffic and safety needs are met.

According to the company, complete utilisation of the registered data by the fault-detection system will allow preventive maintenance for improved safety of railway operations.

Vilant had already worked together with Liikennevirasto over a one-year pilot to provide a solution based on passive GEN2 RFID technology.

During the trial, four Vilant RFID reader units were installed in different locations by the Finnish railroad, which were used to collect information from the rail cars passing on the tracks and also combine it with information from the detector system.

Vilant provides a new turnkey solution for railroad infrastructure providers and train operators based on passive GEN2 RFID technology, which comprises of embedded control software that improves the functionality of off-the-shelf RFID readers.

Additionally, the company's train analyser software collects the information from RFID reader units to verify whether all train cars are passing through the read points, their type, location, direction, speed and detected damage.

In 2011, the company had installed GEN2 RFID and an RFID information system on over 10,000 wagons and locomotives for VR Transpoint.