3200+ Sensors in the UAE

Lat-Lon Sends 3200+ Sensors to the UAE.  Sensing Hatch Status, Bearing Temperature, Door Position, and Vibration for Derailment.


Lat-Lon, LLC. in partnership with NYAB, has executed a large contract for Smart Car & Locomotive Monitoring for Etihad Rail in the UAE. 

The project equips 240 sulfur wagons with 13 individual wireless sensors per car reporting to a newly developed Receiver Logic Unit (RLU).  Over 3200 sensors report hatch status, door position, bearing temperature, and vibrations for derailment.  The specs for this project required new development which broke ground in February of 2012, with final delivery from Lat-Lon in August of 2012.  Last delivery of the partnered system to the UAE was completed in September of 2013 with full execution scheduled this month.

The data produced from the Lat-Lon system is routed through NYAB's Smart Car Sensor Hub and into the Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brake communications/power cable for presentation at the locomotive.  "Etihad Rail is pushing the state-of-the-art in rail technology with this project," notes Lat-Lon's President and CEO, David Baker.  "Now a unit train can load and unload automatically, much like a commuter train opens and closes its doors at a station."

Safety is enhanced with the new system, through the monitoring of bearing temperature and derailment detection.  And environmental issues are minimized with the ability to detect the potential for sulfur release due to misconfigured hatches of dump gates.  Reading exact degrees of tilt for derailment possibility on each wheel set, along with bearing temperature, 8 of the wireless RF Sensors are affixed to bearing brackets.  The upper hatch is monitored for open/closed status by 2 more RF devices, and the remaining 3 sensors check the status of lower dump gates.  A single bi-directional hardwire to the collaborative hub system permits frequent data transmission from this new Lat-Lon Receiver Logic Unit (RLU).

About Lat-Lon: Lat-Lon, LLC was founded in 1999 in Denver, Colorado to provide GPS based management tools for transportation industries.  It is a member of the Tegra Corp group of companies (Established in 1918) and is privately held.  For further information, contact Lat-Lon at 877-300-6566 or visit