AEI Yard System
Softrail offers four products to help track rail vehicle movements into, out of, and within a rail yard. These products can operate independently from each other or can be combined to create a system. The four products are: a wayside reader, a vehicle-mounted reader, a portable reader and a yard tracking software program.
The AI3000 Network AEI Reader is a low cost wayside AEI reader used primarily to identify rail vehicles entering and leaving a yard. It can send information on rail vehicles' movements directly over a network as a file attached to an email, a file sent to an FTP server and as a data stream sent to Softrail's AEI Rail and Road Manager program. Files can be in the T94 (S-9203A) or comma delimited text format.
The AI3000 Reader is easy to install and maintain. It does not require any equipment on the track. Instead of wheel detectors and presense loops, it uses two radar systems to determine the direction of movement and the presence of a train.
The AI4100-FV and the AI4500-FV Portable AEI Readers are used primarily to collect track inventory. They can send track consist information directly over a network as a file attached to an email, a file sent to an FTP server, and as a data stream sent to Softrail's AEI Rail and Road Manager program. Files can be ether in the T94 (S-9203A) or comma delimited text format. The AI4100-FV and AI4500-FV Portable AEI Readers can communicate with a user's network over 802.11b wireless LAN and a direct USB cable connection to a computer running the Windows operating system. The AI4500-FV can also send data over a cellular system.
AEI Rail and Road Manager is a program that graphically shows the locations of rail vehicles on a map of a yard. The user can draw the yard map using this program.
The AEI Rail and Road Manager program interfaces over a network to both the AI3000 Network AEI Reader and the AI4100 Portable AEI Reader. It will automatically move rail vehicles to the appropriate tracks based on information received from these two types of readers. Users can also manually drag and drop rail vehicles from one track to another.
The AI5000 Vehicle AEI Reader was designed to read railcar AEI tags from a vehicle. The vehicle can either drive beside a track reading AEI tags on parked railcars or be parked next to a track and read tags on a passing train.
The advantage of a vehicle mounted AEI reader is that it has a much farther read range than a portable or handheld reader.
The AI5000 was designed to be easily installed on a vehicle and can interface to any mobile computer, SmartPhone, tablet or other device that can accommodate a serial Bluetooth connection. Our AI4100-FV Portable AEI Reader is designed to receive AEI tag data from this reader.
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