Swedish Transport Gets on Track With RFID

By Samuel Greengard

The government agency developed a preventative-maintenance solution for railway vehicles, based on global standards.

The Swedish Transport Administration, known as Trafikverket, oversees the country's state-owned 13,000-kilometer (8,077-mile) network of trains and track. Keeping its heavily used mechanical equipment from breaking was a formidable challenge. The Swedish railway operates 150 detector stations to monitor wheel damage and other problems on railway vehicles (or wagons), but the system could only issue a general alarm and could not identify individual ve...

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