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Japan's train car makers turn to connected rail line services

Kawasaki Heavy and Hitachi eye 'internet of things' as manufacturing margins dip

Hitachi's system on the Copenhagen Metro tracks congestion at individual stations and adjusts train service accordingly. (Photo courtesy of Hitachi)

TOKYO -- Japanese rolling stock makers are tapping the "internet of things" to offer maintenance and management solutions to rail system operators suffering from chronic staffing shortages.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries looks to offer a service that uses cameras and sensors mounted on freight trains to detect problems such as track warping. The monitoring service also analyzes operating data to determine the least disruptive time to make repairs. The system is slated to launch as early as next year.

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