Bombardier Launches New Digital Service for Predictive Maintenance

Bombardier has launched a new digital service, called EBI Sense, that delivers predictive maintenance for railway signalling.

The service uses the IoT, cloud and machine learning to turn asset performance data into data that can be applied to their maintenance. Bombardier is running this new service as a subscription service, meaning that customers would pay a regular fee, rather than for costs as they are incurred. This gives customers – infrastructure managers – predictable costs, while Bombardier is guaranteed return business.

Bombardier EBI Sense
Bombardier EBI Sense

The wireless sensors installed on railway assets gather data to monitor their condition and over time the machine-learning element hones its predictions to increase accuracy. This should increase the reliability and availability of the railway network.

Bombardier says EBI Sense is “ideally suited” to widely distributed rail systems that have a large amount of trackside assets like point machines and track circuits.

The system has been developed the the services team at Bombardier Rail Control Solutions in Sweden. It is a further development of Bombardier’s OPTIFLO rail control service solution.


Richard Hunter, President, Rail Control Solutions, Bombardier Transportation, said:

“The launch of our innovative, cloud-native, predictive maintenance service for signalling is a transformative step towards realising the benefits of digitalisation for railway performance. Developed through a combination of technology and expertise combined with the latest exciting digital enablers, EBI Sense is a true reflection of our commitment to continuously innovate and add value for our customers across their system’s entire lifecycle.”

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