In today’s article, we are going to explore the case of using Wialon and telematics for railway transportation control. It is a significant matter for any country let alone the one trying to overcome the war consequences.
In Iraq, in 2003, the railway service stopped functioning due to the damage it got in the result of military activities. After 2007, when the security situation improved, some railway lines were back in service again (both passenger and goods) including the Baghdad-Basra line.
As Basra is the second-largest city and the largest port in the country from where the raw oil is exported to other countries, it is super important to have a stable railway connection between Basra and the Iraqi capital. The distance between these two cities is 545 km or 339 miles.
After the railways were open again for passengers and goods transportation, a number of serious problems appeared:
All these issues, of course, were not just damaging the train fleet, the railway network, and the people, but the business and civil scenery in the region.
The Iraqi Republic Railways addressed all the above-mentioned concerns to Integrated Solutions (IS). The Gurtam partner offered a complex solution to meet the entire set of requirements. Let’s dive into the details.
Right off the bat, everything looked quite easy: install GPS trackers and fuel level sensors in each train, and the job is done! The IS experts chose Galileosky Base Block and Escort Bluetooth fuel level sensor for this. But then things got rough:
But how to install the FLS when the fuel tank is fully covered by either the thick train body or the giant engine, and there is no free space for the sensor? Read on to discover how Integrated Solutions solved this challenge.
The train’s fuel tank
After trying numerous ways to install the device (unsuccessfully), the technicians found the spot at the bottom of the train’s fuel tank that was not very thick and could be opened to clean the tank.
So, they decided to weld on a pipe for the FLS to this spot (vertically, with a diameter larger than that of the sensor, and higher than the tank). A tap on the pipe was used to control the fuel flow inside.
And the finishing touch – to seal both the tap and the sensor. Now, they were ready to go with the software.
So, after all the hardships met, the equipment was installed, and Wialon started receiving and processing its data. As a result, fuel fillings, thefts, and the total fuel amount consumed during the trip are now automatically sent to the administration by email.
The Wialon notification module was used for timing control. The alert is triggered every time when:
The system also displays a notification when the train arrives at a particular station.
The IS team created a customized interface for the IRR (Iraqi Republic Railways) administration with the help of Wialon SDK. It was intended to visualize the data received from each train. The idea was to monitor online the trains’ arrivals and departures from/to the stations using the timeline chart. The X-axis in the chart displays the time from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. while the Y-axis features the stations’ names of the selected train route.
The application draws a colored line on the chart showing the movement of each train and its arrival time at a certain station. The chart can be exported as a pdf or png file. The solution works in two modes: the first (default) mode draws the chart continuously for the current day and in real-time; the other mode allows the user to draw the chart manually for a particular day.
A short while ago, we published the NimBus use case for public transport in Ukraine.
Here, the partner used this app as well. The solution was applied to organize and schedule train rides between stations. The app also helps the client to analyze data through reports and as a result optimize the work. Dispatchers can know now when the train is late or early as NimBus gives the opportunity to monitor the units' hurry and delay.
This is a massive project, and its implementation impacted the number of problems we stated at the beginning of the article. In particular, the complex solution for the Iraqi Republic Railways allows:
If you took part in TelematiX, you probably saw Integrated Solutions during the Wialon TOP 50 Global award ceremony. Their position in the rating this year was #11! This particular project is a fine example of their hard work.
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