Brazil's largest railroad company modernizes its operations

Brazil's largest railroad company modernizes its operations

Rumo Logística deploys new TXROIP dispatch console system from Remotatec



Rumo Logística, the largest rail transportation company in Brazil, comprising 12,000 km of railroads, 1,000 locomotives, 27,000 wagons and 13,300 employees, has made an investment to modernize its radio communication management and dispatch system. Communication, previously analog, is now digital between repeater sites and the data server, over the TCP/IP network, resulting in a considerable improvement and security of communications and data passing over the network. In addition, communications and server logs can be audited through a simple and efficient search filter.


The old system included a totally analog radio network with old and obsolete interfaces, which made maintenance and operation of the system itself difficult. The change to a new IP solution, technically more advanced, was a matter of guaranteeing the control, management, and integration of the railroad to avoid accidents and losses in the operation. Another necessity was to integrate the information to the client's Oracle database and produce reports dedicated to the operation mode with exclusive filters for audits.


The system was implemented at the client with TXRoIP Remotatec IP Dispatch Consoles, integrating the railroad sites. The customer's system is divided into two different grids: southern grid and northern grid; independent systems, but controlled by the CCO (Operational Control Center) located in Curitiba-PR. The southern loop project was conceived in two stages, with the first phase using gateways to connect the stations to the controller servers at the CCO. In the second phase the repeaters will be connected via IP directly to the controller servers. The northern loop in its original design already contemplates direct connection between the repeaters at their sites and the controller servers. Another key point of the solution was the integration of the derailment alarm system. In the first implementation phase, the derailment alarm is decoded by means of the MDC1200 protocol in analog mode or emergency protocol in digital mode, to be displayed on the console so that the operator can take some action, this record is saved on the HUB server to be audited in the future by the system managers. Along the southern loop 125 derailment alarms were installed, identified by ID, alias, coordinates, distance, km and location, being possible for the dispatcher at the CCO to view the map in the TXRoIP Dispatch Console. The features available in the TXRoIP Dispatch Console for the NXDN digital radio system are: group call, individual call, emergency call, stun / revive, text message and radio check. Besides the system installed in the CCO, a DR - Disaster Recovery was built, consisting of a set of consoles and servers as a redundant structure to maintain the system's operation. The reports dedicated to the client's operational model were customized in the management software, including data availability and event records in the Oracle database, to quickly identify any occurrence and execute actions quickly and effectively.


Traffic controllers, dispatchers, mechanics and maintenance teams are the main agents of any operation and count on the security and reliability that their communications will be duly received, processed and stored through a device that integrates, controls and streamlines operations. The increase in operation security was considerable, because in addition to the audio recordings, events, emergencies and ID's registered in the server, the TXRoIP Dispatch Console offers a list of the last 100 recordings for a quick consultation by the traffic controllers, in case the message was not fully understood in the first contact. The modernization of the system decreased the corrective maintenance events, consequently generating savings due to the reduction of service downtime.

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