RailPulse, Nexxiot Team on Telemetry

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
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Nexxiot has signed an agreement allowing RailPulse™—the coalition established in late 2020 to “facilitate and accelerate the adoption of GPS and other telematics technology across the North American railcar network”—to act as a non-exclusive reseller of its hardware devices, software and services.

Railpulse on March 7 reported that the goal of the agreement, effective as of Jan. 5, 2024, is to “simplify the process of procuring telemetry solutions for railcar owners who want to be part of the RailPulse community, not to generate profit for RailPulse.”

The RailPulse coalition comprises founding members Norfolk Southern (NS), GATX Corporation, Genesee & Wyoming Inc., TrinityRail, and Watco, which cumulatively own nearly 20% of the North American railcar fleet; plus The Greenbrier Companies, Union Pacific (UP) and Railroad Development Corporation (RDC). CPKC is the latest member, joining last month, and agribusiness company Bunge signed on as the first railcar-owning shipper in January.

“Nexxiot is the first telemetry vendor that RailPulse is offering through this type of reseller program, as it aims to create a vendor-neutral and open-architecture railcar telematics infrastructure that spans the entire North American freight rail industry,” the coalition said. “The reseller program is entirely optional for both the telemetry vendor community and the railcar owners who wish to join RailPulse.”

Now, stakeholders who own, lease, or operate railcars in North America can purchase Nexxiot technology through RailPulse to equip their assets and access the RailPulse platform “to improve operational efficiency and fleet utilization,” reported RailPulse, which noted that “[a]longside location-based services, the technology offers data around conditions like load status (empty/full), door or hatch opening events, hand brake position, and the condition-based maintenance of assets.”

According to the coalition, the decision to select Nexxiot as a reseller partner was based on its “successful participation in the RailPulse pilot program, in which its telematics solutions were tested and validated for use in the North American rail industry.” The coalition reported that the “accuracy and reliability of Nexxiot’s sensors and gateways, as well as its seamless integration with the RailPulse platform, were impressive. Nexxiot has proven to be a valuable and trusted partner, and the agreement further enables them to deliver products and services to the RailPulse customers.”

“We are excited to partner with RailPulse and to support their vision of creating a data-driven rail ecosystem that enhances service levels, visibility, safety, and efficiency,” said Kenneth Mannka, EVP of Operations North America at Nexxiot. “Our telematics solutions are designed to provide railcar owners with real-time insights into their assets’ location, condition, and behavior, and to enable them to optimize their operations and performance. By joining the RailPulse in this strategic program, we are making it easier for our customers to access our products and services and to leverage the RailPulse platform.”

“We are delighted to welcome Nexxiot as the first telemetry vendor to join our reseller program,” said David Shannon, General Manager of RailPulse. “Nexxiot is a leader in railcar telematics and has a proven track record of delivering high-quality products and services to the rail industry. By offering Nexxiot’s solutions through our reseller program, we are simplifying the purchasing process for railcar owners and providing them with more options and flexibility to join the RailPulse platform. This agreement is a win-win for both parties and for the North American rail industry as a whole.”

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