Tuesday, July 28, 2015

IPH chooses RailComm to dispatch main line

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Iowa Pacific Holdings (IPH), which owns eight railroads across the U.S. and the U.K., has selected RailComm’s computer-aided dispatch system to operate its six railroads located in U.S. territory that run under the GCOR and NORAC rule sets, RailComm announced July 28, 2015.

Dispatch is being provided to more than 400 miles of non-signaled territory main line track. Dispatching operations will be performed using RailComm’s Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) platform. IPH will benefit from RailComm’s hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model that “provides tremendous operation flexibility and cost savings to the railroads,” the company says.

RailComm says its technology “will help provide multiple benefits to the railroad including increased velocity of trains through the network, a computer-aided dispatch system that removes the risk of human error by strictly enforcing rule sets while issuing train movement authorities, and an active log of all actions performed by dispatcher for reporting and investigation purposes.”

RailComm says IPH will benefit from DOC’s Graphical User Interface’s full functionality, which includes conflict checking, automatic completion and validation of track warrants, electronic train sheets, track bulletins, temporary speed restrictions, and track out-of-service alert capabilities, as well as a seamless integration with DOC’s Railroad Manager, which provides management and tracking of  train resources. RailComm’s DOC system “provides the highest level of computer-aided dispatch functionality available in the industry today,” the company adds.

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