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Savvy Telematics signs up with Switzerland’s SBB

Savvy Telematics is to begin fitting Swiss Federal Railways’ (SBB) wagons with its GPS-equipped tracking software. The long-term partnership is aimed at improving the productivity and efficiency of SBB’s rail fleet by using the very latest sensor-based data. 

Life cycle

Savvy was able to meet SBB’s requirements for the successful contractor to be able to provide hardware and software with a minimum life cycle of seven years necessary for SBB’s ‘GPS rail vehicles – HW and portal solution’ project. The contract involves track maintenance trains, switch engines and other freight vehicles.

Aida Kaeser, CEO of Swiss-based Savvy Telematics, said: “It was clear from the requirements that they were looking for a highly flexible and innovative system with which SBB would be able to achieve an excellent position both in the short and long term. We are proud that that we have more than exceeded the expectations and can offer SBB a highly automated future-proof solution which we very much look forward to expanding into a strategic collaboration.”


Savvy will initially fit 250 SBB wagons with its FleetTrac telematics units, followed by a further 500 in the second phase. The data gathered from the hardware is automated and brought together in a central management platform called the Savvy Synergy Portal. It will enable SBB to have around-the-clock access to reliable, consistent operating data and position information. The centralised data is also automatically available for other SBB business applications.

In 2017 Savvy was awarded a contract by ScandFibre Logistics and leasing firm Transwaggon to fit 6,000 freight wagons with digital tracking equipment designed to withstand temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees centigrade. That followed a rigorous trial involving 50 vehicles which confirmed the reliability of the Savvy system batteries.

Author: Simon Weedy

Simon is a journalist for - a dedicated online platform for all the news about the rail freight sector

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