March 23, 2017

GE Transportation Completes Implementation within Aurizon’s Network

  • Movement Planner goes live to support Network’s Central Queensland rail network

Chicago and Brisbane, Australia, August 3, 2016 – (NYSE:GE) GE Transportation, a leading provider of rail and transportation related products and offerings, and Aurizon (ASX: AZJ), Australia’s largest rail freight operator, announced today the successful implementation of GE Transportation’s Movement Planner into Aurizon Network’s Control Center. This signifies a milestone along Aurizon’s broader APEX solution implementation plan for rail network and supply chain management.

“Investment in both information and operations technology is an integral part of Aurizon’s strategy to become a world leading rail-based transport business. We’re always trying to improve our network performance, and this digital solution will allow us to optimise the network, improve efficiency, and provide better service for our customers,” said Alex Kummant, Executive Vice President, Aurizon Network.

GE Transportation’s Movement Planner is an advanced software solution that provides real-time rail traffic planning and optimization, enabling freight to move more efficiently using existing rail networks. The solution considers multiple factors including train schedules, traffic-control systems and train movements relative to each other and then develops an optimized traffic plan for the trains throughout the network.

“Aurizon has a clear vision to transform the operational efficiency and effectiveness of its business through the deployment of cutting edge solutions. We are pleased to provide key support to further enable their capabilities,” said Seth Bodnar, Chief Digital Officer of GE Transportation. “Movement Planner will support the efficient flow of rail traffic across approximately 2,700 kilometers of Aurizon’s rail network.”

The roll-out began in April, and implementation across all nine control boards was recently completed. The solution is expected to improve network velocity, capacity, and on-time performance across Aurizon’s Central Queensland Coal Network – which supports more than 85 coal services daily across one of the most complex rail freight networks in the country. Early next year, Aurizon and GE Transportation plan to begin the initial implementation of subsequent planning and scheduling solutions.

About GE Transportation

At GE Transportation, we are in the business of realizing potential. We are a global technology leader and supplier of equipment, services and solutions to the rail, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries. Our innovations help customers deliver goods and services with greater speed and savings using our advanced manufacturing techniques and connected machines. Our digital solutions provide data-driven insights to improve efficiency. Established more than a century ago, GE Transportation is a division of the General Electric Company that began as a pioneer in passenger and freight locomotives. That innovative spirit still drives GE Transportation today and is strengthened by our ability to serve customers more holistically through the GE Store – a global exchange of knowledge, technology and tools across all GE businesses that ultimately provides better outcomes for customers. GE Transportation is headquartered in Chicago, IL, and employs approximately 10,000 employees worldwide.

About Aurizon

(ASX: AZJ) is Australia’s largest rail freight operator and a top 50 ASX company. Each year, Aurizon transports more than 250 million tonnes of Australian commodities — connecting miners, primary producers, and industry with international and domestic markets. Aurizon provides integrated freight and logistics solutions across an extensive national rail and road network, traversing Australia. For more information, visit https://www.aurizon.com.au.

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