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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 two products are: a wayside reader and a yard tracking software program.

The Spartan AEI Reader System was designed to be a low cost alternative to the much higher priced AEI reader systems used on railroads’ mainlines.  It was developed for industrial rail shippers and short line railroads looking for economical ways to automatically identify rail cars on low speed tracks (less than 40 miles per hour) or as they enter their yards.


The Spartan AEI Reader consists of only an AEI RF reader with two antennas, a cellular modem and a presence detector.  All processing of data is performed by a central AEI Reader Server which rcreates a train consist and distributes this data to multiple FTP servers and email addresses in various file formats including the Association of American Railroads S-9203 (T94).

With the solar option the Spartan AEI Reader System can be completely wireless.

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.


Tel. 724 942-1473 Ext 9


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