Interview with Dettmer Rail

Interview with Dettmer Rail

NIC-place is establishing itself in the rail industry


Kempten - February 22 2019


Hello Mr. Sieksmeyer. Please tell us a bit about the sector in which your company operates.

Dettmer Rail GmbH is a medium-sized logistics company with it's core competence in European rail freight transport. As a rail freight forwarding company, we take care of the procurement, organization and processing of especially sensitive, liquid goods. We form part of the Dettmer Group.


What are the biggest challenges in your industry regarding the use of telematics and the intelligent use of data?

One of the biggest challenges posed by telematics in rail transport is the bundling of messages from individual telematics devices. Data from individual wagons must be unified in a way that allows them to be identified as the movement of a wagon set, the so-called train combination.

A second important point is the timely electronic transmission of loading data from the refineries and fuel depots to Dettmer Rail GmbH, as well as the possibility of transferring relevant data in our forwarding system and linking them with the telematics data.

The purpose of telematics is to convert the information content gained into appropriate measures or, in the case of certain events, to be able to react proactively, correctly and quickly for the good of all transport stakeholders.

Another important factor of railway telematics is the intelligent use of geofencing.


What made you choose NIC-place? What was particularly decisive for you with regard to its use in rail freight transport?

The open design of the NIC-place platform is just right.  We can use this tool to bundle the data of several wagon owners.

Furthermore, the innovative customizable dashboard interface makes it easy, time-saving and effective to work with.

Another point that we found convincing is the option our clients have of setting up user access for the portal, so that they can view their own data and client-specific tour-related data.


What NIC-place "life hack" has proven itself for you personally? Which NIC-place functions do you use and what are your favorite uses for them?

The interface between NIC-place and our freight forwarding system has definitely proven itself. Our dispatchers have all the data in one system and thus don't have to go back and forth between individual systems when tracking the assets.


Looking to the future: What telematics issues do you think the industry will be dealing with in the future and which functionality is therefore a must? 

I think that a lot of companies still have to work on linking telematics data with the operational data in a meaningful way.

In-depth interpretability of the collected reports and the derived results should lead to dispatchers receiving more targeted recommendations for action.

This includes the use of data for proactive maintenance.

Another important point is the enhancement of safety-related issues. The evaluations of detected impacts, possible leak detection, brake wear and wheel set temperature is significant for our industry.

In my opinion, the detected running performance and the service life of the batteries will increasingly become an issue in the future.

And let’s not forget the availability of telematics data on our train movements for "other data owners", such as telematics data of client wagons that are currently being transported by Dettmer Rail GmbH and which another company may be commissioned  to transport in the future. 


Thank you, Mr. Sieksmeyer, for an informative and friendly interview!


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