Transwaggon digitalises 13.5k fleet with SAVVY® Telematik

The Transwaggon Group, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland is continuing to press ahead with its fleet digitalisation, equipping its entire fleet of 13,500 freight wagons with SAVVY® Telematic Systems devices.

During the next three years, another 7,000 SAVVY® CargoTrac ExR MI telematics units will be installed, so that the entire fleet is equipped with the devices. Along the entire route, the devices provide data such as precise GPS/GNSS position data in real-time. Thanks to this, Transwaggon and its customers gain full transparency concerning the position of the wagons – from loading to unloading. This makes it possible to plan and process goods transports more efficiently. Transwaggon has been developing customised innovative, climate-neutral and reliable shipping solutions for its customers since 1965.

Transwaggon leases out part of its fleet to a logistics provider that specialises in rail transport for the Scandinavian lumber industry and to be used in northern Europe, the telematics units must withstand harsh climatic conditions. The batteries in SAVVY® devices work reliably, even in temperatures up to -40 degrees Celsius.

As well as being robust, the telematic units determine the position with an accuracy of up to two meters. At more than 1,000 points of interest (POI), such as loading and unloading stations or shunting yards, the software automatically calculates the distance to the next ten POIs. This makes it possible for transport planners to maintain an overview of all their shipments and the exact position of each individual wagon.

This tracking & tracing enables Transwaggon’s customers to organise their processes more efficiently. In addition, they benefit from increased shipping safety, with SAVVY® CargoTrac-ExR MI devices built-in sensors detecting vibrations for which threshold values can be defined in x-, y-, and z- directions. If a threshold value is exceeded, the engine driver and the planner can immediately receive a notification.

“After our very good experiences so far, we are looking forward to the second large project phase”, says Daniel Schmid, head business development and procurement at Transwaggon. “The goal is to have all of our freight wagons digitalised with SAVVY® devices by 2023. This means that we can provide our customers with a state-of-the-art telematics solution that helps them to continuously improve their logistics processes. SAVVY® Telematic Systems has proven itself to be an excellent partner, one that works with us proactively and constructively to obtain best-possible solutions.”

Aida Kaeser, CEO of SAVVY® Telematic Systems adds: “We highly value the loyal and cooperative partnership with Transwaggon. We are delighted that, after five years, Transwaggon has once again chosen SAVVY. This strengthens our conviction to develop top quality telematics devices that work reliably and very accurately even in extremely cold conditions. Our innovative products generate important competitive advantages for companies in the chemical, transportation and logistics sectors.”