Willow Rail Highlighted at Microsoft Innovate 2019

Willow’s digital twin solution featured in Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote address at Innovate Conference in Sydney

You may have noted that Willow was featured last week in Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote address at the Innovate Conference in Sydney. This is the second time this month that Willow has been presented at a major Microsoft event, with Nadella also including Willow in his keynote address at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando a few weeks ago. Press reports of Satya Nadella mentioning Willow favourably in the Australian, the AFR and SMH/ Age today are also attached below.

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Nadella specifically outlined Willow’s product offering for the rail industry, WillowRail. He noted that ‘Willow is building out a quintessential new workload for distributed computing, to see what is happening in a railroad… Just imagine, all the tracks, all the sensors – everything that is happening as an operation – is in fact being mirrored as a digital twin and then that digital twin is being used to streamline the entire operation.’ As succinctly explained by Nadella, WillowRail is a rail asset management solution that integrates existing disparate and isolated datasets from multiple operational systems into one interface. This provides rail operators, managers and maintenance work groups with holistic oversight over their rail network, thereby improving the performance, management and experience of rail networks.”


October 3, 2019 | Bethesda, MD – Strukton Rail completed its first catenary inspection in the North American market utilizing its state-of-the-art Strukton Wire Scan system. A full overhead wire survey of Utah Transit Authority’s (UTA) Transit Express (TRAX), a 103-mile light rail system in Salt Lake City, was completed within 6 days. The system provides an automated solution for live contact-wire inspection. The new technology is based on non-contact measurement principles.

“The Strukton Wire Scan is based on an innovative technology specifically developed to incorporate the challenges and demands of a modern and dynamic rail market where reliable and readily available information is essential,” said Mark Lentini, Reliability Engineer of Strukton Rail North America. “The high accuracy of our system in detecting weak spots is where our customers truly benefit from a maintenance optimization standpoint.” And to this point, UTA received the results quickly to be able to make the specific changes recommended by our POSS platform data for safe travel on there lines.


Sept 25, 2019 | Minneapolis, MN – Strukton Rail North America exhibited at the Railway Interchange show in Minneapolis from Sept 22-25, 2019. As the largest rail show in North America, the event was attended by close to 9,000 rail enthusiasts and industry peers. Many of our peers in the rail industry stopped by the Strukton Rail booth to check out our platform offerings for asset management, wire scans, and network scan abilities that Strukton continues to lead the way in technological advancements for rail safety and maintenance infrastructures in the US market.


August 23, 2019 | Mark Lentini, Reliability Engineer, presented to a group of engineers at Global Engineering & Consulting firm HDR.

Mark discussed data gathering and analysis, specifically, Strukton Rail’s asset monitoring system, POSS. How SRNA effectively uses data to help lower operating costs and prevent failures of critical equipment, such as switches? He then went into details on how the POSS platform performs constant oversight and reporting to gauge potential risks and what the transit maintenance team can do to service the system prior to a threat of disruption of rail service. This platform can be used with other platforms to ensure service disruption does not occur and maintenance services receive the data in a reasonable amount of time as Mark expressed is the essential piece to transit safety and management.  

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Strukton Rail is proud to announce the release of a completely renewed cloud based POSSOnline R7 platform, taking remote condition monitoring to a new level in the rail market. POSS, Strukton Rail’s monitoring system, uses big data, IoT and machine learning technology to provide rail asset owners with 24/7 insight into the performance of critical assets. Smart algorithms analyze and interpret the collected data and report on the root causes of failure modes. This enables asset owners, managers and contractors to intervene at the right time and at the right place.

One of the many challenges faced by railway asset managers is the obligation to achieve strict network performance objectives while the infrastructure is subjected to higher loads due to a higher frequency of train services. The ascending number of passenger miles implies increased degeneration of network performance, while less time is available for inspection and maintenance activities. This calls for a targeted maintenance approach.

As a smart rail maintenance specialist, Strukton Rail strives for continuous improvement of maintenance processes, resulting in optimized network availability. A key component of its approach is the transfer of condition data into predictive values and actionable information.

From time-based maintenance to predictive maintenance

The POSSOnline platform R7 improves insight into the condition of assets, enabling asset managers to better manage and control maintenance processes. POSSOnline R7 converts asset condition data into information that adds predictive value to maintenance strategies. It simply facilitates a way to look back, to view current and to forecast asset-performance by identifying improvement potential. It does so through advanced analytical tools and by deploying smart algorithms coupled to domain knowledge in order to automate the root cause analysis and provide actionable information. This supports the transition from a time-based maintenance regime to a predictive maintenance regime.

Virtual maintenance assistant

The new POSSOnline R7 platform acts as a virtual maintenance assistant supporting the development of maintenance strategies. The Strukton Rail Control Center and its team of reliability engineers evaluate actionable information to assist rail asset managers during their transition capturing the potential of a predictive maintenance strategy.

The POSSOnline R7 platform enables the use of smartphones, laptops and other devices to obtain and exchange performance information. The platform allows for multiple users to connect to multiple existing and upcoming application platforms. The open architecture makes the platform and analysis tooling future-proof for integration with, for example, IoT sensing technology. This provides uniformity and standardization in the journey to the next step(s) in predictive maintenance to achieve optimized availability and safety against lower total cost of ownership (TCO).