The DOC system will have functionality for Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) through the company's web-enabled software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery method. RailComm SaaS provides a "pay-as-you-go" model by hosting the applications in the Cloud, thus eliminating capital equipment procurement constraints.
Railroads can be remotely dispatched by Northshore Mining wherever an Internet connection is available. Therefore, it is possible to relocate the dispatchers to alternative locations as required. Additionally, railroad management will be able to log in from any location and directly view dispatching activity and management reports.
Since the DOC control application resides on servers within the RailComm-managed data center in Rochester, N.Y., the requirement for local IT support at each railroad is greatly reduced, RailComm says.