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Railconnect@railSmart Identification
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Railconnect@railSmart Identification

Efficient Fleet Management with ZF Smart Identification

Intelligent system for component identification in rail vehicles

The ZF Smart Identification system

The ZF Smart Identification system enables a smart, wireless identification of components in rail vehicles. Therefore, the original type plate of the product is extended by a RFID chip with a unique identification number. Product data (type designation, material number and technical details) are retrieved from this RFID chip when the train is driven into the depot. The data is transferred via an antenna gate to a secure server where customers can access it through a user-friendly dashboard.

Operators can then view an overview of their entire fleet at any time and from any location. Within the entire system connect@rail, the ZF Smart Identification system enables rail operators to implement digital maintenance planning and efficient fleet management for rail vehicles.


At a glance

The Smart Typeplate offers these functions compared to the original type plate

Scope of system

Hardware Software
Digital typeplate ( Smart Typeplate )
  • Digital typeplate with integrated RFID chip
ID link
  • Linking of RFID number with the product data
Antenna gate
  • Unique identification of incoming and outgoing assets via gateway function
  • Automatic reading out of product data
ZF IoT Cloud
  • Data storage and further processing of the data in the ZF IoT cloud
  • Access to product and service documentation
  • Processing of outstanding repair projects


Workshop managers Technician
Information and pre-planning on maintenance and repair needs are always available Seamless, unequivocal detection of the components
Determination of the actual operating hours for the components Automated, flawless identification without direct visual contact to the vehicle and components
Faster processing of claims (warranty periods, etc.) Fast access to service information
Increased vehicle availability due to improved predictability Paperless online documentation is accessible from anywhere
Easy communication between operator & ZF service team Processing and documentation of outstanding maintenance work via the digital dashboard
Efficient spare parts management thanks to connected webshop


Your key to efficient fleet management

The Smart Typeplate is already installed on all newly build gearboxes. Activate it and maximize the benefits of the whole Smart Identification system now.