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New device to track temperatures in carriages and the impact of air conditioning on engine performance

British company Barnbrook Systems has won a new contract to monitor temperatures in passenger carriages on trains in a move which could result in more reliable and punctual services. Barnbrook Systems said its BlueCube devices are being used in a trial to track temperatures in carriages as well as the impact of air conditioning on engine performance.

The ground-breaking initiative – the first of its kind in the country – is part of a renewed initiative to improve passenger comfort by ensuring saloon climate is operating effectively.

The ‘smart’ technology will also probe the impact of air conditioning units when they draw power from the engine – potentially improving performance – and help to improve the reliability and punctuality of services.

Staff at the company’s headquarters will monitor live data beamed back remotely by sensors to identify any issues and record temperatures for later diagnosis.

Barnbrook chief technology officer Andrew Barnett said: “This is an industry first for our award-winning BlueCube technology. It will help pave the way to a more comfortable and punctual travelling experience. It will also have a potentially significant impact in terms of preventative maintenance, continuous service and reliability. It demonstrates ongoing investment by the rail industry as it embraces new technology and change for the public and business alike.”

Other potential uses for the BlueCube include monitoring water levels in cisterns, brakes and doors on trains as well as GPS tracking.

In September, Barnbrook was awarded a contract to provide 250 brake controllers to Angel Trains.

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