- October 12, 2020
Lineas, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, is digitalizing its wagon fleet with Nexeed Track and Trace from Bosch Connected Industry.
Oct. 12, 2020 - Stuttgart/Germany, Brussels/Belgium - Lineas, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, is digitalizing its wagon fleet with Nexeed Track and Trace from Bosch Connected Industry. “Our mission is to offer highquality rail products and services that inspire companies to choose rail cargo as the most sustainable mode of transport,” said Suzy Verachten, project leader asset management at Lineas. “To do so, we need intelligent connectivity solutions with a high value-add for our customers. This is exactly what Nexeed Track and Trace offers us."
A project with future potential
Lineas, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, and with locations in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, sends it trains and wagons with customer goods from the steel, chemistry, automotive and many other industries across Europe. In 2017, the rail freight operator equipped 1,100 wagons with AMRA boxes from Bosch. The generated data was mainly used to optimize maintenance work on the wagons. “Knowing exactly where which wagon is located within our depots is very helpful for planning maintenance times and intervals,” Verachten explained.
When Bosch Connected Industry took over the project and presented their Nexeed Track and Trace solution with new solarbased gateways, Lineas decided to expand the cooperation.
2,600 wagons to be digitalized with Nexeed Track and Trace
Bosch Connected Industry provides the IoT solution for cross-border online tracking and tracing of wagons. It consists of the Nexeed Track and Trace software, IoT devices and an ITSS interface. “Since the beginning of the cooperation we were able to increase capacity utilization of our fleet by more than 40 percent,” Verachten said. “With their data analysis, Bosch Connected Industry showed us what else Nexeed Track and Trace was capable of. Now we are implementing further use cases with the new generation of IoT devices.” In total, another 1,500 wagons are currently being equipped with gateways and connected to the Nexeed Track and Trace software until the end of this year.
Data analytics are the key
Thanks to the combination of historical and current data, Lineas now knows exactly where longer standstill times occur. They are displayed in a so-called heat map. Starting at Lineas' own depot in Antwerp, Bosch and Lineas have successively extended the analysis to numerous routes and junctions. "Now we know virtually in real time where our wagons are located, which routes we can optimize and where there is potential for savings for our customers," Verachten said. "The new solar-based gateways help us, as we no longer need to worry about their maintenance and the data is transmitted to the software at even shorter intervals."
Cross-border customer communication
Lineas can now communicate the estimated time of arrival (ETA) and any delays directly to customers within minutes, which makes collaboration much easier. "By planning their loading and unloading times more precisely, our customers are also able to improve their processes," Verachten explains. "In addition to greater transparency about the whereabouts of our wagons, we hope that this digitalization will intensify the cross-border communication with our customers.” Once this second project is finalized, Lineas sees further potential to equip more of its 6,000 wagons with Nexeed Track and Trace.
About the Bosch Group
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help.
Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.
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