Spanish Rail Gets an Infrastructure Boost with switch monitoring from KONUX

A big win for the AI company transforming rail


Signaling a new phase in maintaining Spanish rail infrastructure, ADIF set out to monitor a number of its railway switches and their components with KONUX Switch and KONUX Point Machine Health. The tender that aims to deliver better oversight and maintenance of the infrastructure. Having already proven the KONUX Switch solution in many other European networks, the partnership holds a lot of promise for the future of Spanish rail. For KONUX, the win is the second successful public tender of the AI company and adds to the list of other primary customers from Europe’s major rail networks.

KONUX insights should enable us to decide when and where to deploy our maintenance resources and ensure we are maximising the effectiveness of our workforce

ADIF Employee
Responsible for Maintenance

A Boost for Spanish Rail Infrastructure

Based on improving the strategy and maintenance activities, ADIF created the tender “Services for the Monitoring of Track Devices” with predictive maintenance. Contracting “services for 200 turnouts currently in service,” the tender aims to monitor the assets in such a way that “the behaviour and stresses to which they are subjected can be ascertained”, and to “provide data and tools that enable ADIF to achieve its savings goals.”

One of the primary reasons for train delays is the result of switch failure, including point machine (or point operating equipment) fault or failure. KONUX set out to fulfil the tender’s request to monitor the switches and reduce related delays by as much as 40%. The tender’s aim to mitigate point machine failure represents an important step in alleviating problematic turnouts, as the component contributes to a majority of switch malfunctions. With a holistic view of the switch, KONUX proposed the KONUX Switch and KONUX Point Machine Health solutions to monitor the turnouts and their sensitive equipment, alert infrastructure managers of significant changes in asset health and ensure corrective maintenance effectiveness.


Making the Spanish Rail Switch More Reliable

KONUX Switch is an innovative predictive maintenance technology that uses IIoT devices and artificial intelligence (AI) to extend asset life and reduce costs. The accuracy of both use cases – trackbed health monitoring and prediction, and frog health monitoring and prediction – has been confirmed through many years in the field

The KONUX system supports ADIF in making informed and data-driven decisions on its switch inspections, maintenance and replacement programs. With its innovative trackbed and frog monitoring and prediction capabilities, KONUX Switch offers real-time insights into the current and future condition of its infrastructure. The KONUX Switch frog (crossing) health monitoring and prediction feature will enable ADIF to stay informed about the condition of their frogs, allowing them to schedule timely interventions, such as grinding, welding or even replacement, and avoid costly and disruptive delays. 

KONUX’s new partnership with ADIF and the recent opening of its new Spanish branch is further evidence of the company’s maturation into a stable solution supplier and partner to infrastructure managers. The AI company was a first of its kind in the railway industry and the first to win a public tender.

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We are proud to receive ADIF’s trust and collaboration in improving their railway operations and maintenance of assets as critical as railway switches. We have proven our AI solutions elsewhere and we are excited to take this next step in Spain. We are certain it is the first step of a successful collaboration for the foreseeable future.

Angel Zuil
KONUX Spain Account Director


KONUX is a leading German AI scale-up, transforming railway operations for a sustainable future. The company combines Machine Learning and IIoT to deliver Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for operation, monitoring, and maintenance process automation. KONUX increases capacity, reliability, and cost-efficiency to make railway the mobility choice of tomorrow. Since its founding in 2014, KONUX has expanded to ten countries in Europe and Asia, raised more than $130 million from world-leading investors and was selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of the world’s 30 most innovative start-ups and scale-ups worldwide


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