Spartan AEI Reader System


plus annual processing service and cellular fees

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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 an economical mean to automatically identify rail cars on low speed tracks (less than 40 miles per hour) or at a yard entrance.


The Spartan AEI Reader System greatly reduces the amount of equipment needed in the field, thereby decreasing overall costs and making it easier to install and maintain.  Further saving can be achieved if co-located with a railroad crossing warning system.


The Spartan AEI Reader consists of a Sargas 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 located in Softrail’s office, which retrieves the raw AEI tag and sensor data, creates 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.

  • Annual Processing Service Fee is US$1,200

  • Annual Cellular Service Fee is US$600 when not used to connect with any other equipment at the site such as wayside systems or cameras.

  • The Solar Power Option starts at US$4,000 and depends on its location.

  • You can connect the Spartan Reader to your network or cellular service.  This will reduce the price of the Spartan Reader by $400 and eliminate the cellular service fee.

  • Many wayside systems such crossing warning systems detect train presence.  If the Spartan Reader can obtain train presence from the local detector the price of the Spartan Reader will be reduced by $400.


1098 Venetia Road, Eighty-Four, PA  15330

Tel. 888 872-4612 or 724 942-1473   Fax 724 942-1480