Periodic Reporting for period 2 - Andromeda (Predictive Maintenance for railway switches. Smart sensor networks on a machine learninganalytics platform)
Reporting period: 2018-12-01 to 2019-11-30
of each switch and re-active – not preventive – maintenance, with financial losses due to delays or additional investment in infrastructure maintenance. European spending on railway switches is currently over 4B€ (30B€ worldwide). Furthermore, passenger and freight volumes are expected to increase respectively by 34% and 40% by 2030, which means shorter infrastructure access time for maintenance and monitoring. KONUX has developed a system, which promises to revolutionize the maintenance procedures for rail infrastructure. The system pulls data from sensors deployed
permanently at the rail switch, which means no more expensive and manual data acquisition. Through smart sensors and machine learning analytics, the result is a holistic overview of the whole rail switch network, with current - and predicted - State-of-Health for each switch.
On the hardware side, the sensor housing was upgraded for industrial application and production. Electronics and PCB were optimized. The release of hardware 1.5 led to a dramatically improved system in terms of battery lifetime, sensing range and over-the-air update capability.
Both, process and product, were certified according to ISO 9001 and applicable product directives.
First pilot customers in Europe have been acquired and pilot implementation of the sensors could be realised. It can be observed that several tenders, which fit the description of KONUX solution, have either been published or scheduled for publishing in the coming months. In addition, it can be observed that competition is increasing, which is a sign for a growing and promising market.
Project results have been disseminated through various marketing measures and the KONUX system has been presented to potential customers and partners at several trade fairs.
From a technical perspective, rail switch maintenance is based on rule-based periodical manual on-site inspections. The ground-breaking KONUX system will allow constant monitoring of the rail switches with accurate state-of health prediction. This enables significant decreases in infrastructure management costs, rail operation costs and delays minutes.