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Nexxiot introduces new Vector sensor for freight wagon monitoring

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Nexxiot, a company providing supply chain technology, is introducing a new Vector sensor to monitor brakes, hatches, and doors on rail freight wagons. “Until now, the only way to monitor railcar brake status, hatch opening or closing events, and door usage, was to make physical inspections and manual reporting”, Nexxiot said.

“Vector sensor is being tested by RailPulse members in the United States”, a spokesperson from Nexxiot told RailPulse includes eight companies: GATX, Watco, Genesee & Wyoming, Trinity Rail, Norfolk Southern, Greenbrier, Union Pacific, and Railroad Development Company. The new devices are part of the Nexxiot Asset Intelligence technology portfolio and will have a guaranteed service lifetime of 15 years. The new Vector sensor can connect to the Nexxiot Globehopper gateway using Bluetooth Low Energy, meaning that the Bluetooth connection remains in sleep mode unless a connection initiates.

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Nexxiot establishing itself in the market

Various companies are relying on Nexxiot’s technology to modernise their rail freight fleet. Innofreight, an Austrian rail logistics company, will collaborate with Nexxiot to digitalise its entire InnoWaggons fleet. In 2022, more than 1,000 InnoWaggons railcars have been equipped with Nexxiot’s Asset Intelligence technology, and the total will be 2,700.

Nexxiot has also collaborated with Chemet, a railway tank manufacturer based in France and Poland. The two companies will work together to apply Nexxiot’s technology to Chemet tanks for LPG transportation. Chemet became the first European manufacturer to commit to fully digitalizing its railway tank car offerings.

Nexxiot’s Globehopper devices

Nexxiot offers three different Globehopper devices for the monitoring and safety of railcars and intermodal containers: Globehopper Crossmodal, Globehopper Edge, and Globehopper LINK. Crossmodal and Edge are the safest, self-powered IoT devices in the industry, allowing customers to track and monitor the journey of any asset that can also ship dangerous goods, providing data concerning live location, total mileage, impact events, and ETAs. LINK’s main purpose is to optimize lifecycle costs of any railcar subsystem through remote diagnostic, allowing for the remote monitoring of brakes, traction, ride comfort, HVAC, and doors.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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