The Smart Tram: Unique M2M Solution in the Urban Transport Sector
Published on: 16th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
In a joint pilot project Kapsch CarrierCom Bombardier and Linz Linien have shown for the first time how M2M communication can contribute to a significant optimization in the urban transport sector.
The solution developed by Kapsch was installed in a number of Linz Linien trams in collaboration with the manufacturer Bombardier.
Since last September, the smart trams have been continually sending around 50 system parameters to the operations control center. As a result, it is possible to implement both short- and long-term measures that contribute to a more efficient use of energy, and a reduction of the operating costs.
"This solution enables us to reduce our energy requirements during ongoing operation of the 23 second generation Cityrunners by 10.2 percent, primarily by more efficient utilization of the heating systems and improved acceleration and braking performance," emphasizes Erich Haider, CEO of LINZ, adding that the savings potential for the entire vehicle fleet corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of about 300 households
The trams are equipped with numerous sensors. The parameters they measure are collected in a black box and transmitted to the operations control center in real time where the data are continuously analyzed.