VTG is pilot testing Nexxiot’s Kingpin Monitor, a complete maintenance-free sensor solution for keeping check on the loading of semi-trailers on pocket wagons.
The sensor application, which detects whether the kingpin is properly engaged and whether the hitch is locked or open, was introduced by Nexxiot in response to two accidents involving improperly secured trailers on the Danish network, the first of which resulted in fatalities.
It is currently being tested on 70 double pocket wagons under some of the harshest industrial conditions and for highly-sensitive and demanding cargo requirements.
Provided the results of the test series confirm that the technology creates significant value for these types of assets in the supply chain, a full rollout for all VTG double pocket wagons is planned to start in November 2021 and will be completed by 2022.
Dr Hanno Schell, VTG’s head of Technical Innovation said: “The Kingpin sensor adds to our digital efficiency and safety practices. We believe this will become standard in the market. As an innovation leader, VTG feels that quality and accountability are highly valued by our customers. We therefore take every advance to enable better services and more trust in rail cargo.”
Stefan Kalmund, CEO of Nexxiot, added: “If more goods are to be shifted from road to rail in the future, then it must be ensured that this also happens in a safe manner. With the Kingpin sensor, we are delivering a cutting-edge digital solution for preventing accidents and supporting employees in their processes.
“We provide continuous feedback on the status of the hitch both during loading and throughout the journey, using real-time communication and providing alarm messages in case the locking status changes. I am convinced that this innovation together with VTG will lay the foundation for a significant change in the industry.”