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RFID Helps Greek Provider Track Freight Cars on Nation's Railway

TrainOSE, Greece's rail service provider, is employing a radio frequency identification-based solution to track freight cars. While the company is still reviewing the results since the system was taken live last year, it has already determined that the technology is reducing rental costs for cars that should be returned to third-party owners.

Trinity Systems provided the passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags that were attached to railcars, as well as the RFID readers that were installed at key locations along the tracks. The company also installed and integrated the system with TrainOSE's software and trained TrainOSE's personnel in its use. The solution employs RFID to identify passing cars, determine dwell times at each station and calculate transit times between stations. The agency hopes that knowing this information will help it to better manage logistics scheduling.

TrainOSE is the sole provider of passenger rail service in Greece and the major operator for freight trains throughout that country. The company operates its own domestic railcars (known as wagons), as well as those that it rents from providers in other nations that move freight around or through Greece. The Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE), TrainOSE's former parent company, owns the tracks, rail stations and domestic rolling stock.

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Trinity Systems provided the passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags that were attached to railcars, as well as the RFID readers that were installed at key locations along the tracks. The company also installed and integrated the system with TrainOSE's software and trained TrainOSE's personnel in its use. The solution employs RFID to identify passing cars, determine dwell times at each station and calculate transit times between stations. The agency hopes that knowing this information will help it to better manage logistics scheduling.

TrainOSE is the sole provider of passenger rail service in Greece and the major operator for freight trains throughout that country. The company operates its own domestic railcars (known as wagons), as well as those that it rents from providers in other nations that move freight around or through Greece. The Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE), TrainOSE's former parent company, owns the tracks, rail stations and domestic rolling stock.

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