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Trimble acquires Nexala to boost rail solutions portfolio

Iain Morris
December 3, 2014

Tracking player Trimble has announced its acquisition of Nexala, a specialist in providing remote monitoring services to the rail transport industry.

Trimble (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) did not disclose financial terms of the deal but said Nexala’s business would complement its existing portfolio of rail solutions, allowing it to address opportunities in track alignment planning and in maintaining locomotives in repair depots.

Nexala (Dublin, Ireland) has developed a suite of on-premise and software-as-a-service technologies for large transport operators as well as global train and component makers.

Its products and services include an engineering maintenance management system – allowing customers to manage stock, streamline workshop operations and plan maintenance – as well as a remote diagnostic monitoring system that combines software with on-train equipment to notify operators of faults as they occur.

The monitoring technology can also be used to analyze irregularities in individual components across entire fleets, enabling operators to address related performance issues.

Other features of Nexala’s service are a performance planning and management system that uses vehicle location and real-time diagnostics information to help identify the root cause of delays and plan journeys for “optimum timetable adherence”.

Nexala has also combined trackside and handheld measuring devices with software analytics to proactively monitor wheels and brakes.

"Many of the largest railways in the world rely on Trimble solutions to plan, build and maintain their track and structures,” said Ron Bisio, the general manage of Trimble’s railway solutions business. “With the addition of Nexala, we also offer rail vehicle lifecycle management solutions for passenger and freight train operators.”

“Trimble can now provide innovative solutions for both the track infrastructure and the train assets that ride on it,” he added. “Our fundamental focus is to provide solutions that drive agility, improve efficiency and provide better visibility into railway operations to maximize productivity.”

Nexala says the combination of its technology expertise with that of Trimble will lead to “more powerful and robust rail solutions”.

“In addition, Nexala can leverage Trimble's international footprint to extend our company’s global reach with a team that shares our passion for innovation in the rail transport industry,” said Karl O'Connell, Nexala’s chief executive. “As part of Trimble, our commitment to our customers remains unchanged as we continue to deliver best-in-class solutions and services.”

Nexala’s business is to become a part of Trimble’s engineering and construction segment, said Trimble in a statement.
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