Example railway transport monitoring: Full monitoring of freight cars at LogServ bring sustainable benefits!

The VOEST Alpine Steel Group monitors the Europe wide transport of steel coils with the CargoObserver system over its logistics company LogServ.


  • delivery of flat steel-coil by rail amounts to several million tons
  • for this shipping tens of thousands of wagons per annum loaded and circulated
  • the average wagon turnaround time is about a week or much longer, there are intricate triangular traffics
  • monitoring of these transports is only very limited ,as information is only available from dedicated point of some tracks

    Emerging problems:

    • difficult loading planning, there is little transparency about the overall situation, the arrival date at the customer can only be predicted when running full trains
    • damage are usually covered by manufacturer as undetectable
    • => A comprehensive delivery monitoring was therefore required

    CargoObserver as a solution:
    Full monitoring of Shimms wagons with the energy-self-sufficient CargoObserver solution.
    By the simultaneous monitoring of position, vibration, humidity and temperature, as the only supplier CargoMon could offer a comprehensive monitoring solution to the customer.

    Achieved long-term benefits:

    • reducing wagon turnaround times
    • improvement of processes
    • Faster intervention in delays
    • lowering the damage costs

      Artikel: Business + Logistic, Nov. 2011 - Best Practice


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