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Hamid, Sharif-Kashani, Computer & Electronics Engineering Professor, is working on Wireless Sensor Networks for railcars and UP is one of the funding agencies. The project is about monitoring different railcars’ components such wheels, brakes, temperature, cargo, security elements, etc., in a moving freight train in real time. The monitoring is through wireless sensors which collect all types of data and send them to the locomotive engineer and railroad data centers in real-time (live) wirelessly. So the technology applies to the entire train while is moving. The technology also works while train is in the yard, but most of these problems develop when the train is moving and locomotive engineer doesn’t have access to all railcars. July 12, 2013. Photo by Craig Chandler / University Communications