Railnova product update: renewed Data Inspector, new platform filters, live monitoring views per company

Post by Nikita Marchant, Data engineer at Railnova
June 22, 2020

We’re happy to share with you a couple of updates we’ve been working on for the last few weeks:

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Renewed Data inspector – first iteration

1. Sidebar for easier filtering

We listened to you and renewed the Data Inspector to improve its usability and to simplify the access to data, so you can focus on actions and decisions, and democratise the usage of data throughout your company.

We’ve looked mainly at simplifying and speeding up data selection by adding the possibility to select fields from a configurable list of frequently used data. To put in place a more intuitive selection workflow we moved the filters to the left of the page.


2.Default list of fields

A selection of relevant fault codes and symbols will be shown in the sidebar.

The list of frequently used fields makes it easier and faster to select and display data: viewing the data that is relevant or important to your work or use case is now just one click away. Depending on the asset that you select, a different set of default and/or selected symbols will be displayed in the sidebar. The default list of fields can be edited in the Railgenius section of the Admin.

If you need access to data or fault codes that are not in the default list, or want to explore data to build on a use case, you can of course use the search box to go through the available symbols just like before. The symbols and fault codes are automatically limited to those available for the selected asset.


3. Fault codes graphs

The data inspector now also displays fault codes on its graphs. The newly introduced step graphs show the exact moment a fault code was opened (graph goes up) and closed (graph goes back down).

A search field for fault code searches has been added to the filtering options of the data inspector. The search field lets you search and select the relevant fault codes from those available for the selected asset and date range. Each fault code you select will appear on a different graph.

Discover the Data Inspector updates now on the platform.

New filtering on the Railnova software platform

With Raiflleet and Railgenius we aim to provide you an action-oriented platform that does not solely focus on data discovery and data visualisation. To make it clear that your actions, and not the data, are at the center of our software platform, we’ve reworked the filtering experience on our software platform.

The new filtering

  • Provides a more consistent experience across all Railnova software products
  • Makes a clear distinction between filtering and actions
  • Addresses a couple of past pain points for a more user friendly experience



1. Consistency across the Railnova platform

With the new filtering we provide the same workflow and look everywhere on our software platform, making the experience across the different Railnova features and products more consistent. This consistency makes that you’ll be able to easily identify the filtering and configuration area in all Railnova features.

The filters will be displayed at the top of the page, or in a sidebar, depending on the structure of the page, but will always maintain the same workflow.


2. Visual zones for better focus on actions

As the filtering is now in a fixed place and in a dark theme, visually separated from the work area, you can keep a clear mind to make decisions.

The new visual structure makes workflows more intuitive and makes sure that user actions are at the centre of everything. You’ll spend more time making the right decisions and less time searching for data.


3. User friendly filtering

We listened to the pain-points identified by our Railfleet and Railgenius users, and made the following changes to further improve filtering on both products:

  • A clear and consistent indication whether a page reloads by itself or not, and if the page is loading new data
  • The option to hide the filters
  • A clear main action button, in the same place on each pop-up form

Log in to see the new filters in action, and let us know what you think!

Live monitoring views per company

This highly requested feature will give our clients and their stakeholders much more freedom in the kind of data they see in the Live Monitoring dashboard*.

*Live Monitoring displays all the relevant real-time telematics data from all assets in your fleet. It’s the perfect tool to keep an eye out for irregularities or anomalies and to take action before any real issues arise.

Companies were already able to access data of assets shared with them on the Live Monitoring dashboard. However, they weren’t able to limit what they saw to the messages that were relevant to their work or use cases, which didn’t give them the focus they needed. So, we listened to you and are now introducing Live Monitoring views per company!

Each company, whether it’s the asset owner, ECM or operator, will now be able to determine the type of data they see on their company’s live monitoring dashboard, even for shared assets. This eliminates any noise and enables companies to focus on the use cases relevant to them.

As Live Monitoring now displays data privately to each company, they are also able to use the Rule Engine to create their own private rules, and to display a specific set of messages (only visible to them) for their (shared) assets on Live Monitoring.

If you already have access to Live Monitoring, your current views will be duplicated for all companies with access to your assets so they all have their own live monitoring view, and ownership over what is on that view.

The Live Monitoring view can be configured in the platform’s admin: live data configuration.

Want to try it out? Get in touch with our support team so we can show you how to customise your Live Monitoring view to your needs. We’re happy to help!

Corrective events with multiple restrictions

For some time now, you have been able to add restrictions to a corrective event when creating the defect report. This is useful when you want the restrictions to be automatically lifted when the defect is solved and the corrective event is closed.

In this new release we are making some progress on this feature:

  • You can now also add restrictions to corrective events after the event has been created
  • You can now link more than one restriction to a single corrective event

What’s next?


  • A visual, functional and performance upgrade of the “Fleet availability” module
  • A new module to report Hotline calls


  • A Live monitoring view customized to companies, as companies may share asset data but have different interests.


  • Railster health status, which will show your owned and/or shared Railsters and their state) and the Railster QoS dashboard, which will enable you to monitor the performance of each interface.

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