Press release: Symeo and ÖBB continue successful cooperation

Symeo delivers new energy measurement and positioning system "railpower box mini"

Neubiberg (Germany), September 08, 2016 –
Smaller, more compact, lighter: the new energy measurement system "railpower box mini", which Symeo jointly developed with and for ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, can now capture rail vehicle energy usage and positioning data with even less space. Measuring only 280x210x102.7 mm, the volume of the innovative power meter and telemetry system is twice as small as of its predecessor "railpower box", which has already been sold more than 1.200 times across Europe. ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG received the first railpower box mini systems in a total of 8 units. The railpower box and the railpower box mini are marketed through ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG.

With the railpower box mini, Symeo GmbH, specialist for radar and GNSS positioning and wireless data management, and Austrian National Railway's ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, the country's largest mobility provider, are continuing their successful cooperation. The new positioning and telemetry system for regional and long-distance rail systems represents an even more compact version of the railpower box, which has been on the market since 2013.

"Several of our customers have been asking for a slimmer version of the power meter system that will take up even less space in the trains," explains Harald Jony, head of energy management at ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG. As a Power Partner of ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG and successful co-developer of the initial railpower box, Symeo GmbH was handed responsibility for the development, certification and production of the new railpower box mini.

More functionality in a smaller package

Like the first version, the railpower box mini complies with Europe's rail technology homologation requirements, including EN 45545, EN 50121, EN 50155 and EN 50463. Not only smaller and lighter, the new platform also comes with additional interfaces such as a second LAN port, making it even easier to integrate into existing rail vehicle systems. A USB interface also allows the data to be displayed externally with a USB Bluetooth converter.

As in the previous version, a key component of the railpower box mini is DATROS, Symeo's data handling system that monitors power consumption while reliably and precisely tracking the position of cross-border rail vehicles using GNSS (short for Global Navigation Satellite Systems GPS, Glonass and Galileo). The measurement data can be stored for up to one year.

railpower box mini at InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin, Germany

The new power management and telemetry system will be presented during the InnoTrans trade fair in Germany (Berlin, September 20-23) and can be viewed at both the ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG exhibit booth (City Cube) and the Symeo GmbH exhibit booth (hall 2.1, booth 104). The railpower box mini is marketed through ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG.

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About ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG is a modern company whose responsibility is to ensure that all requirements for safe, environmental-friendly, sustainable and affordable mobility on a state-of-the-art railway network in Austria are met.

The core business comprises the provision of a reliable railway infrastructure in line with demand as well as the safe and punctual operation of railway services. ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG stands for an attractive and sustainable railway system. A decisive factor in this respect is an infrastructure suitable for the market in the required quality and at reasonable costs.

The tasks include the provision of non-discriminating customer-oriented network access and assistance to the customers before, during and after their travel by train. The company inspects and maintains ÖBB infrastructure facilities and eliminates respective interferences and provides professional railway-specific construction services on an internal as well as external basis. Another important field of activity is the planning and realisation of rail infrastructure projects.


About Symeo GmbH

Symeo GmbH develops and markets products and solutions for precise, contact-free and maintenance-free position detection, distance measurement and collision avoidance of road/rail vehicles and cranes. Furthermore, the company develops certified, customer-specific telemetry solutions with mobile data transmission. Products from Symeo are designed to be especially robust for applications in rough environments.

With its LPR® products, Symeo offers a wireless-based, real-time-capable measurement system that is ideally suited for industrial applications. Symeo has several years of experience in the development of cost-effective, customer-specific industrial solutions on the basis of LPR® and GNSS positioning technology (GNSS = Global Navigation Satellite Systems GPS, Glonass and Galileo).

The company delivers standardized products and complete solutions to system integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end customers worldwide.

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Image source: ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Today, rail operators must be able to track the position and energy usage of regional and long-distance cross-border rail vehicles.

Image source: ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG and Symeo GmbH

The energy measurement and telemetry system "railpower box mini" is even more compact than its predecessor and takes up even less space in the train. Symeo, expert for radar, sensor and GNSS solutions, developed the system for and with ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG.

Press contact
Sabrina Kaspar
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