DANISH infrastructure manager Banedanmark has ordered tracking equipment to monitor the location and utilisation of around 700 wagons and maintenance machines.

The DKr4m contract for GSM-GPS tracking technology was won by Pivotex Oy, which will begin supplying its PivoTrack package this month. PivoTrack will work across national boundaries regardless of the operator, so equipment which is not in used can be leased to foreign customers while still allowing Banedanmark to monitor its whereabouts in near real-time.

A Nexus server and database is at the heart of the system, storing distances travelled and other data which can be used to plan preventive and scheduled maintenance. Software is being supplied by MSLocation, which along with Pivotex is part of Tamtron Group. Banedanmark employees and customers will be able to locate an individual wagon or machine using the internet or a GSM phone.

’We believe that the system will enable the more efficient use of wagons and track maintenance machines, improving our profitability and, in the long run, reducing the amount of capital invested in rolling stock’, said Erik Girke of Banedanmark’s Contracting, Plant & Equipment department.

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CAPTION: The Pivotex TrackBox was tested on a Banedanmark track maintenance machine during March and April