Vilant to Provide RFID System for Finnish Transport Agency

Vilant-rail-network-rfid-blogVilant was selected by Finnish Transport Agency, and an agreement was made for Vilant to provide an RFID system for the transport agency, which allows RFID to be implemented in the whole of Finnish state rail network. Vilant will install 120 specialized RFID Reader Units, integrating them with the existing detector network.

The aim of the new system is to improve overall service and safety measures. All speeds up to 250km/h will be monitored in real-time in all areas including remote areas that the trains travel through.

Liikennevirasto takes charge of the management, development and maintenance of the Finnish railway network to ensure that it’s safe enough. A network of detectors is constantly monitored by Liikennevirasto via RFID technology.

The new RFID system will adopt a standard based solution, which will enable interoperability to allow information to easily flow between train operators and others. This makes preventive measures possible, for wagons can be more easily located in order to get quick fixes.

Passive GEN2 RFID technology will be used for the new system where detectors will be located in various areas. The detectors will then collect information from passing rail cars on the tracks at any given time.

“The results of the pilot were most satisfactory,” says Seppo Mäkitupa, Senior Officer at Liikennevirasto. “Vilant was able to show that the RFID System is reliable and working with almost 100% accuracy. This convinced us that passive GEN2 RFID technology works and we can start to take advantage of the benefits it offers.”