Levallois-Perret, France – Amsted Digital Solutions SAS (Amsted Digital), a global supplier of railcar fleet management software and onboard telematics solutions, announces a multi-year contract to supply 7,000 IQ Series™ gateways to Ermewa SA, a major European lessor of freight and intermodal railcars.
The IQ Series gateway is the newest telematics platform from Amsted Digital and provides a maintenance-free, solar-powered, rechargeable device that delivers real-time onboard health monitoring of key running components without the need for wireless sensors. Designed to meet the most demanding requirements of freight rail applications, the IQ Series gateway is intrinsically-safe certified to the highest North American, European and global standards.
Data collected from the IQ Series device is synthesized into actionable intelligence that customers access through Amsted Digital’s Supply Chain Visibility™ software platform, a cloud-based technology stack built on Microsoft Azure for maximum scalability, flexibility and security. Insights from the IQ Series help managers optimize maintenance planning, enhance safe operations, improve shipment planning events and identify bottlenecks to streamline rail supply chains.
“This new platform is a game changer due to its flexibility to address many of our most important use cases without additional costs,” says Charles-Antoine Riviere, Digital Manager of Ermewa SA.
Key to Ermewa’s efforts to improve wagon safety and services to customers while managing maintenance costs, the platform will provide Load Status from Motion (LSM) for loaded and empty mileage tracking without an external sensor. Ermewa is already working with Amsted Digital to upgrade existing Amsted Digital systems with this feature over-the-air. Future projects for the IQ Series will focus on monitoring component health including brakes and wheelsets.
“We are proud to build our platform around our strategic customers and their value-added use cases. Our IQ Series platform provides 80% more value at 20% of the cost when compared to competing platforms,” says Brad Myers, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Amsted Digital. “Through a simple FOTA, IQ Series can activate our Bogie IQ features which include real time monitoring of wheel flats and the ability to identify operational issues related to brake systems without the need for multiple sensors.”
About Ermewa SA
Ermewa SA is a European leader in railcars leasing. The company also provides maintenance, repairs, and operations through its European network of certified workshops and partners. Its addresses all segments thanks to its 45,000 railcars, dedicated to transport hazardous and non-hazardous liquids, gaseous, bulk and diversified general cargoes including food and non-food products.
With a network of 18 offices in Europe, Ermewa SA provides industrial companies, railway undertakings and freight forwarders with a range of more than 120 different types of railcars.
The company is an ECM (Entity in Charge of Maintenance) certified company since 2010. It is certified EcoVadis (Gold medal) for its CSR performances. Ermewa SA is part of the Ermewa Group, European leader in asset management. www.ermewa.com
About Amsted Digital Solutions
Amsted Digital Solutions Inc. is an affiliate of Amsted Rail Company, Inc., a leading global provider of undercarriage and end-of-car railcar components, with manufacturing facilities spanning over 50 locations across six continents. Together, we combine over 120 years of excellence in rail component design and manufacturing with today’s leading-edge telematics technology and software capabilities.