Revolutionary remote condition
monitoring equipment for rail

Remote data access2018-03-26T15:04:17+00:00

Collect data from your rolling stock automatically and continuously

Get a full overview of your entire fleet

Connect your assets and know exactly what’s happening with them at any time on one central platform, no matter what type of assets or components you have to manage.

Help your team whenever they need it

Avoid delays with real-time data and give your drivers, control center and teams on the ground the information they need to solve any issues they come across.

Prevent possible inline failures

Detect abnormalities and set up notification rules to be alerted about abnormal or defective behaviour in time. Confirm alerts in real time and put your teams to action.

Connect assets at your own speed

Start with the most relevant use-cases and expand to others over time: monitor the components that are most prone to disrupt your services first and add more later.

Connect all assets and components with one system

Railster telematics device

The Railster is a powerful remote monitoring device that enables you to view data from all your railway assets and components (the Railster is a multi-asset and multi-component system). Compute your own rules, receive fault codes and alerts in real-time and give your teams the information they need to prevent certain failures from happening, and to react faster to others. To ensure maximum fleet availability the Railster is easy to install and upgradable over the air.

Remotely access rolling stock data with the Railster

High precision GPS

Whether you need real-time tracking every 10 seconds or just want to know where the locomotive is parked in the field at a given moment, the Railster will always tell you the exact position of your asset, even when the asset is shut down.

The intelligent tracking provides a 99.5% accuracy on KM readings, making it a reliable source of information for billing, maintenance planning and ECM management.

Revolutionary connectivity

The Railster is compatible with major train manufacturers, diesel engine brands and sub-component manufacturers such as doors, HVAC, converters and juridical recorders. With a 40 pin flexible connectivity, it can read out data from CAN bus, RS232, MVB, Profibus, and J1939 or any other specific bus as well as Analogue I/O and Digital I/O.

Engine hours can be transmitted automatically and used for maintenance planning. Fuel consumption can be measured and matched to train schedules to manage costs and pricing. Component fault codes can be transmitted to prevent inline failures.

Continuous performance

The internal rechargeable battery of the Railster enables gapless tracking and monitoring of performance, even when the train loses power-supply (change of catenary, engine shutdown, towing).

Parameters such as position, speed, fuel level, main battery voltage can be measured without the need of an external power supply and therefore preserve crucial locomotive battery.

Easy to install

The small footprint of the Railster enables it to be mounted under the driver’s desk, in the electrical compartment or in the engine compartment. Unlike electronic racks, it is very easy to retrofit existing assets with the RCM system. There is no asset re-homologation required and the installation can usually be performed under 3 hours.

Because of its portability, the Railster can also be easily replaced by unskilled technicians for maintenance purposes or removed from a leased asset that needs to be returned to the owner.

Future-proof, upgradable equipment

Both the hardware and software of the Railster can be upgraded over time as new needs are discovered. Extension cards can be added after installation to connect to new component buses, sensors, or monitor additional parameters.

The embedded software can be upgraded over the air to continuously improve the device performance and to add new features.

View the Railster technical specifications

Our IoT remote condition monitoring equipment is developed in-house. Check out the tech specs to find out more about the Railster.

Safely access data from your assets with the Railster

Railway compliant technology

Railnova’s remote condition monitoring system is fully compliant with railway standards: the Railster has been thoroughly tested and is both EN 50155 (temperature, humidity, shock vibration etc.) and NFF 16 101 (Fire and smoke) compliant.

Non-intrusive connectivity

All software installed on the Railster is read-only and non intrusive. You can safely use our Ethernet, Can, Serial, CDL, USB, J1939, J1708 bus adapters to transmit the critical information you need. We read all buses and ports in a passive way.

Easy and fast installation

  • Minimum cabling required

  • To get the sub-components data you need, we plug into existing connectors and sensors and reuse existing cable-ways. We find clever ways to minimize the installation time for a cost-effective and fast series deployment and provide you with updated electrical schematics and a pre-crimped cable kit.


  • Easily powered up

  • The ultra wide range of input voltages makes it easy to power-up the Railster on any train. Plug it to the 220V AC socket in the driver desk, the 24V DC battery, or the 72V DC circuit with no external converter. The Railster accepts anything within 12 – 110 V DC and 110 V AC – 220 V AC range. We have also included the possibility to limit the input power consumption to 5W in case there is limited auxiliary power left on your train.


  • No external antenna required

  • The Railster does not need an external roof antenna and works perfectly from inside the train. We have tested our GPS receiver behind windshields of many trains: Bombardier Traxx Locomotives, Alstom Prima, Vossloh, Ansaldobreda V250. No expensive antennae, no drilling, and no re-homologation needed.

  • Minimum cabling required


  • To get the sub-components data you need, we plug into existing connectors and sensors and reuse existing cable-ways. We find clever ways to minimize the installation time for a cost-effective and fast series deployment and provide you with updated electrical schematics and a pre-crimped cable kit.


  • Easily powered up


  • The ultra wide range of input voltages makes it easy to power-up the Railster on any train. Plug it to the 220V AC socket in the driver desk, the 24V DC battery, or the 72V DC circuit with no external converter. The Railster accepts anything within 12 – 110 V DC and 110 V AC – 220 V AC range. We have also included the possibility to limit the input power consumption to 5W in case there is limited auxiliary power left on your train.


  • No external antenna required


  • The Railster does not need an external roof antenna and works perfectly from inside the train. We have tested our GPS receiver behind windshields of many trains: Bombardier Traxx Locomotives, Alstom Prima, Vossloh, Ansaldobreda V250. No expensive antennae, no drilling, and no re-homologation needed.

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How CargoNet is using the Railster to remotely access train data

CargoNet reached out to us because they were looking for opportunities that would enable them to better interact with drivers in case of problems, to plan usage-based maintenance based on counters and to receive automatic alerts about abnormal behavior on their assets.

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