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SEEIZE, Germany: August 27, 2019. DB Cargo is mid-way through digitising its freight fleet as the 34,000th wagon with state-of-the-art telematics and smart sensors rolled out of the refitting facility in Seelze near Hanover this week. The company expects to complete the programme by 2020.

Deutsche Bahn telematicsDB Cargo says the new wagons use mobile telephony to transmit signals during the journey, such as when the wagon starts and stops or sensors detect an impact. This data can help to produce useful information about the load condition, temperature and humidity and about the movement of sensitive cargo inside the wagon.

"The smart freight wagons are modernising rail freight transport and making it fit for the future. Our customers are benefiting from more manageable logistics chains, higher-quality transport and predictable arrival times,” said Marek Staszek, member of the Management Board for Production at DB Cargo.

"The value chain at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH relies heavily on efficient logistics processes. The digitalisation of our business processes, which is focusing on connectivity, real-time capability, high quality and excellent service, is becoming ever more important,” explained Jürgen Harland, head of Logistics and SCM at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH. “The 'smart freight wagon' is the final piece in the puzzle. The new data will refine and improve forecasts and assumptions as it provides information not just on the consignment but on quality, too."

Pictured left to right: Marek Staszek, member of the Management Board for Production at DB Cargo and Jürgen Harland, head of Logistics and SCM at Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH.

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