Siemens Mobility and VTG Rail Europe Test Automated Brake Testing for Freight Trains

The system lets train staff see status data on the side of the wagon. It also provides automated reporting of complete wagon status and live updates of all wagon settings, shown on a display inside the locomotive. The Brake Monitoring System should increase safety as incorrect settings are visualised. The data can then help prevent wagons from being taken out of circulation unexpectedly because it can deliver early warnings about wear and tear and impending faults. This will reduce the overall maintenance costs as well.

The initial BMS concept was developed in 2016. A year of field testing followed. After some improvements, which continued until 2019, the current trial results will feed into the development of a series product manufactured by Siemens Mobility.