Rail car tracking device selection and power consumption

Robert Gray, Richard Grisier

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Since its introduction, consumer GPS has made the tracking of critical items in the transportation chain more popular. Shipment of items via rail car is one link in the chain that serves to benefit from GPS technology. This paper discusses a wireless communications system suitable for tracking rail cars. In particular, the power source selection and system testing are described. The system was limited to one device and one power source, a battery. Findings show that the lithium battery selected will power the device for one to three years, depending on transmission activity. Recommended areas of additional research include: battery recharging techniques, effects of connecting sensors to the device, and investigating other communications devices as they become available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME/IEEE/ASCE Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2008
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0791848124, 9780791848128
StatePublished - 2008
EventASME/IEEE/ASCE Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2008 - Wilmington, DE, United States
Duration: Apr 22 2008Apr 24 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME/IEEE/ASCE Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2008


OtherASME/IEEE/ASCE Joint Rail Conference, JRC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWilmington, DE

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Transportation


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