Products for Rail Vehicles

VCU Pro Onboard Unit > Telematics Gateway

Secure connection for the monitoring of your system


Stable & secure

Two independent processors guarantee a stable connection


Variety of interfaces, including Bluetooth, WLAN, GNSS


Secure acquisition and processing of sensor data

What can VCU Pro Onboard Unit > Telematics Gateway provide?

With the series component VCU Pro Onboard Unit, ZF offers operators a new generation of an advanced and robust telematics gateway. With the unit sensor data, metrics such as temperature or acceleration can be recorded and processed. The VCU Pro Onboard Unit supports WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as all common GNSS, and guarantees a secure connection via mobile radio to the ZF IoT Cloud.


Technical Information

Dimensions (l × w × h): 200 mm × 122 mm × 40 mm
Operating temperature: -40 °C to +75 °C
Power Supply: 9 to 36 V DC
CPU: ARM Cortex A8 ® 1 GHz
Internal memory: 4 GB Flash
Sensors: 3D accelerometer
3D gyroscope
GNSS: GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo
Protection class: IP5K5
Certificates: CE
Only available in the Infrastructure and Driveline Monitoring solution


  • Four CAN interfaces, four analog input and four analog output ports
  • Permanent tracking of various parameters of vehicle, rail tracks and driving behavior via ZF IoT Cloud
  • Secure over-the-air-updates for the entire system
  • Together with the Heavy Duty TAG, the VCU Pro Onboard Unit enables an individually tailored condition monitoring system for any application


Predicitive Maintenance Planning with ZF Infrastructure and Driveline Monitoring
In the infrastructure and driveline monitoring system, the VCU Pro Onboard Unit serves as a secure gateway, by triggering measurements and collecting data from the wireless Bluetooth sensors Heavy Duty TAG. The collected measurement and rail track data is processed by the VCU Pro Onboard Unit and securely transferred to the ZF IoT Cloud. Rail operators receive permanent analyses that help in the detection of wear, damage, and potential danger spots at an early stage. Maintenance cycles can thus be planned based on the condition, efficiency can be increased, and unplanned downtime can be avoided.

Additional Information

Press release: ZF and Schunk sign Memorandum of Understanding for condition monitoring of power transmission systems
Press release: And Round it Goes: ZF Expands connect@rail to Include Monitoring Feature for Wheel-tread Wear
Press release: Partnerships With an (Eco)System: ZF Group Strategically Expands connect@rail Cooperation
Press release: Convincing All Along the Tram Line: Successful Start of the ZF Condition Monitoring System in Graz


Technical Datasheet VCU Pro Onboard Unit

CE Declaration of Conformity VCU Pro Onboard Unit

Flyer Infrastructure and Driveline Monitoring

Flyer Infrastructure and Driveline Monitoring (Chinese)

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