27 February 2020
In the next five years, Vodafone Business will provide Dual Inventive with a complete Internet of Things (IoT) network. Dual Inventive will use the IoT network of Vodafone Business for making railways in the Netherlands and abroad safer, more efficient and more reliable. For example by monitoring the temperature of the tracks and other parameters for predictive maintenance, workplace safety during work and tracking trains and wagons. This will lead to less delay and fewer problems on railway lines.
Disruptions and delays in the railway network can have a huge economic impact and cause enormous frustration for travellers. It is expected that passenger and freight railway transport will double in the next 30 years. Smart railway maintenance is therefore essential to ensure the network runs as smoothly as possible.
Dual Inventive, a company that develops technological systems for optimal and safe usage of the railway system, uses IoT technology for better monitoring and – where necessary – preventive maintenance of the track. To this end, the company will use the two special IoT networks of Vodafone Business: Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) and Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M). Dual Inventive operates on an international scale. Therefore the IoT and partner networks of Vodafone Business in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, America and Australia will be used for monitoring and maintenance of the railway network.
One SIM for all IoT networks
LTE-M and NB-IoT are so-called low power wide area technologies. These networks boast supreme coverage and can connect IoT sensors without using much energy. In case the IoT network is not powerful enough at a certain spot along the railway track, it will, without any intervention, switch to other available networks like 2G and 4G, thanks to a special multi-bearer SIM.
Lex van der Poel, CEO of Dual Inventive
“Dual Inventive has found a partner in Vodafone Business with whom we can realise our future ambitions. We believe that the railway system is the transportation mode of the future. We are convinced that it can be used more efficiently and effectively by using wireless technology. Since 2008 we have been providing IoT technology that makes working on the railway infrastructure up to 40% more efficient, resulting in valuable railway capacity for the Netherlands and abroad. Due to this cooperation we can continue and enhance the increase in railway efficiency”.
Joost Wijermars, director B2B products at VodafoneZiggo:
“IoT is more than devices talking to each other and exchanging data. IoT offers smart solutions that make our daily life easier, safer and more valuable. And this is exactly what we will be doing with Dual Inventive. Worldwide we have realized 99 million IoT connections and in the Netherlands we offer nationwide coverage with our IoT network. This makes us the right partner for realising the ambitions of Dual Inventive”.