Wednesday, April 04, 2012

RailComm aids Michigan short line dispatching

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Marquette, Mich.-based Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad (LS&I) has been using RailComm's state-of-the-art Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system to dispatch its railroad since 2007, but the DOC® System at LS&I will soon be able to be accessed through web-enabled software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery.

Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm says SaaS provides a "pay-as-you-go" model, thus eliminating capital equipment procurement constraints. Through this delivery method, railroads can be remotely dispatched by LS&I wherever an Internet connection is available. It is now possible to relocate dispatchers to alternate locations, if the need arises. LS&I management members can log in remotely to view dispatching activities and obtain 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 the railroad is greatly reduced, RailComm says.