POSS reduces maintenance and malfunctions

POSS is an easily deployable tool for monitoring the railway. It combines condition data recording with the use of smart algorithms.
Increasingly more people depend on rail transport. This increases pressure on the public transport system. As a result, increasingly higher demands are placed on the availability of modern railway systems. Because the railway network is being used at an increasingly higher frequency, it also requires more maintenance. At the same time, due to the availability requirement, there is increasingly less time for performing the maintenance.

As a smart maintenance specialist in high capacity railway systems, we guarantee continuous improvement in network performance and safe conditions in the related sphere of activity and for the involved stakeholders.

"We develop advanced digital maintenance technologies and apply these ourselves to safeguard the availability and safety of railway systems."

We are an asset owner, as well as one of the larger European contractors in the field of performance-oriented railway maintenance. Our maintenance process serves as the basis for many applied technologies (big data, IoT and machine learning) in our data-driven 24/7 railway maintenance operation. A key component in the application of this smart maintenance approach is the capacity for converting condition data into predictive values and to use this to set up smart maintenance actions.

Data-driven maintenance

We develop advanced digital maintenance technologies and apply these ourselves to safeguard the availability and safety of railway systems. This unique combination assures clients of proven and robust technologies. One example is condition monitoring combined with smart algorithms.

POSS, Strukton’s monitoring system, makes use of big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning technology. The hardware consists of data loggers and non-intrusive sensors (no galvanised connection) linked to an advanced software system that provides users with 24/7 insight into the performance of critical assets. Smart algorithms analyse and interpret all collected data and report on the root causes of failure modes. This makes it possible for railway operators to intervene at the right time and at the right place.

POSS in 1 minute

Signalling and predicting

The predictive strength of POSS means that users and technicians only receive a notification, by SMS, email, WhatsApp or Skype, when this is really necessary. As a result, technicians immediately know where they need to be, what the problem is and how to solve it. Thanks to real-time insight into the performance behaviour of all assets, POSS users are able to carry out maintenance activities far more efficiently. This in turn provides for the higher availability of their railway system.

POSS as virtual assistant

We supply the system with feedback from technicians and users to make POSS increasingly smarter and to improve its ability to predict potential maintenance needs. Depending on the subscription selected by the customer (basic, plus or advanced), he/she can make use of smarter tooling and services linked to POSS, which further enhances its impact.

We can help companies adjust the maintenance process, so as to realise the maximum potential of POSS, as well as the network. POSS is the virtual assistant in monitoring the required performance of assets. It translates condition data into valuable information with the help of increasingly smarter algorithms. Furthermore, the system complies with all relevant European railway standards, in the areas of EMC, safety and ICT security.

Non-intrusive monitoring

POSS monitors the parameters that affect the performance of essential assets along railways, such as switches, positioning, track circuits, level crossings and access detection to railway complexes. The parameters monitored by POSS, for example, include temperature, current, impact, movement, humidity and hydraulic pressure. All of the collected data is transmitted to the online analysis environment. Here smart algorithms analyse the data under the watchful eye of maintenance experts. The latest acquired information is available online 24/7. As a result, all relevant information is always accessible to our users. POSS is a 'Software as a Service' (SaaS) product.

Pooling resources

We use customer and user feedback to constantly improve the functionality. In addition, the user input is also valuable for the continued development of algorithms. This way, on the basis of a smart standard, we anticipate specific situations and our users always have access to the most recent advanced technologies and functionalities.
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