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  • Asset

    RailConnect 360 is a connected suite of solutions that provides railroads and their customers with data driven insights to address key customer pain points like velocity, fuel, asset utilization, productivity and dwell.  

    Asset Optimization solutions provide smarter ways to connect and monitor the locomotive and other assets to improve train performance. It all starts with the GoLINC™ platform a product of GE’s investment in the Industrial Internet and Predix™. GoLINC™ is a network communication and application management platform that turns any locomotive into a Mobile Data Center. GoLINC™ interfaces with both onboard and offboard to create a powerful edge to cloud enabled device and drives better outcomes.

Solutions

GoLINC™ is an industry-tested network, communication and application management platform for the railroad environment. It’s been referred to as the “brain of the train” and turns a locomotive into a mobile data center that provides robust processing, wireless communication, networking, and video and data storage. GoLINCTM, which is PredixTM enabled, interfaces with both on-board and off-board to create a powerful edge-to-cloud enabled device and drives better outcomes.

LOCOTROL® Distributed Power system allows a single operator to control multiple sets of locomotives in the same train using a radio data link to relay commands from the lead locomotive to remote locomotives. It is a multi-locomotive control and communication system that enables coordinated power distribution within an entire train.

This proven system, with an installed base of over 17,000 systems worldwide, increases train hauling capacity by enabling longer and heavier trains and provides significant advantages over conventional trains without distributed power.

The Trip Optimizer system is an intelligent, fuel-saving cruise control for locomotive that optimizes fuel consumption based on a specific train’s make up and the route traveled. Trip Optimizer calculates optimal speeds by considering train make-up and route topography and automatically controls the throttle and dynamic brake to achieve those speeds. An EPA-certified Energy Management System, Trip Optimizer is proved to provide 3-17% fuel savings and corresponding emissions reductions. Trip Optimizer provides a variety of features like automatic throttle, dynamic brake control and auto-independent distributed power control.

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The Expert-on-Alert system enables condition based maintenance of locomotives through centralized monitoring of locomotive health status and performance in real time. Locomotives transmit data to the Monitoring & Diagnostic center, where a team of experts analyze control system status and performance data. Diagnostics determine the root cause of in transit failures and provide timely maintenance and repair recommendations thus reducing mission failures and train delays.

 

LocoVISION is a high definition digital video recording system built to survive the harsh locomotive environment. The system reduces litigation cost by providing clear, actionable images of incidents. It also serves as a digital track condition monitoring system by detecting flaws like sun kinks. Video analytics enabled by LocoVISION can improve railroad operation and reduce costs.

The Rail Integrity Monitor system employs innovative technology with mounted sensors under the locomotive, continuously testing rail integrity through electrical continuity under the train in real time at revenue speed and helps reduce service interruptions caused by broken rails and shorted track circuits.

Car Integrity Monitor system employs rail car based wheel monitoring sensors providing assets GPS location and alerting for potential risks caused by a broken wheel, hot bearing, or handbrake application, which results in improved efficiency and reduced costs. 

Power Advisor System is a real-time locomotive decision support tool that enables railroad’s Power Planners to match available locomotives to a train’s consist requirements. With Power Advisor, railroads can make smarter, faster assignment decisions by always selecting the right locomotives for the mission. Weighted ranking compares asset condition across the fleet to find the highest performing locomotives.

Ethernet over MU cable (eMU) is a high bandwidth inter-locomotive data pipe that can connect multiple locomotives in a consist through the existing MU cable.

The Locomotive Interface Gateway (LIG) is a network device that provides real time data from the locomotive control system, such as the consolidated control architecture (CCA) on GE’s Evolution Series locomotives. The LIG also serves as a firewall to provide isolation of the control system from external networks to prevent potential disruption to the locomotive operation

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TurboHealth brings people, data and machines together to provide effective maintenance and enhance turbo life cycle.

Asset Manager gives detailed and accurate component configuration data to enable cost effective asset maintenance.

Combo Health monitors critical factors like gear case oil level, temperature and vibration to ensure asset reliability. 

Engine Health keeps vital assets running because, in the rail business, success rides on the health of locomotive assets.

  • Network

    RailConnect 360 is a connected suite of solutions that provides railroads and their customers with data-driven insights to address key customer pain points like velocity, fuel, asset utilization, productivity and dwell. 

    Rail Network Optimization solutions are focused on unlocking network and yard efficiencies, resulting in increased capacity and velocity. Movement Planner is an advanced software solution that provides real-time traffic planning and optimization. Yard Planner System optimizes the operation of a rail yard, resulting in reduced car dwell time and improvement in on-time departures.  

Solutions

Movement Planner is an advanced software solution that provides real-time traffic planning and optimization. It detects meet/pass conflicts and optimizes routes. Movement Planner considers multiple factors such as 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.

Installed at a major Class 1 railroad, the system has resulted in a 10% increase in velocity, 50% reduction in expired crews and significant improvement in on-time performance in a key subdivision.

Movement Planner DS (Decision Support) brings planning to a whole new level. This advanced software solution uses real-time network data to help dispatchers manage trains across the network—from identifying potential scheduling conflicts to increasing the capacity and fluidity of your entire network. 

It provides support for quick and easy “meet-pass” decisions for all trains on the network, with train conflicts detection up to 24 hours in advance and ETA estimation accuracy of ±5 min, 2 hours in advance. Customers can move freight faster, at lower cost, using existing rails networks. 

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Yard Planner System is an advanced software solution designed to optimize the operation of a rail classification yard. It helps train masters and yardmasters visualize yard state and plan yard activities and make optimal decisions on asset utilization and resource allocation leading to reduced car dwell and improvement in terminal productivity.

Yard Planner maximizes car connection performance (right car on right train) and reduces car dwell by planning & optimizing terminal operation activities without compromising outbound on-time departure performance.

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  • Supply Chain

    RailConnect 360 is a connected suite of solutions that provides railroads and their customers with data-driven insights to address key customer pain points like velocity, fuel, asset utilization, productivity and dwell. Part of RailConnect 360 is a holistic suite of shipper products that solve challenges when shipping by rail, ShipperConnect™, a cloud-based supply chain optimization suite designed for rail shippers, terminal operators, railcar owners and 3PLs.  

Solutions

ShipperConnect helps industrial rail shippers automate rail operations, obtain shipment visibility and manage transportation assets and inventory. Shipment movements are visible at the plant, in-transit and at railroad yard and transload facilities to help customers make better shipment planning, scheduling and forecasting decisions.

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  • Operations

    RailConnect 360 is a connected suite of solutions that provides railroads and their customers with data-driven insights to address key customer pain points like velocity, fuel, asset utilization, productivity and dwell. 

    Operations Optimization solutions bring sophisticated technologies and software applications to help the rail industry optimize operations and reduce energy use resulting in increased productivity, reduced operational expenses and reduction in fuel costs and emissions.

Solutions

The RailConnect™ system delivers mission-critical software to support daily railroad operations including train and car management, revenue settlement and car hire accounting.  

More than 450 railroads across North America rely on RailConnect every day to manage their operations, eliminate manual processing, increase productivity and reduce costs. The system is delivered as Software as a Service providing a reliable and secure system thus avoiding costly investment in technology and infrastructure.

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RailDOCS System is an integrated suite of business systems that provides for an innovative paperless asset management platform for signal, track and wayside assets. The system features several key modules like Test & Inspection, Configuration Management, Productivity tools and several other utilities.

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ExpresYard system is a software solution targeted at railcar repair organizations to manage freight car repair billing parts inventory, employee labor hours, early warnings, and maintenance advisories for railcars. It also features a Maintenance Management System (MMS) targeted for car owners (lessors, railroads, shippers) to perform freight car repair auditing and responsibility management 

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