Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Indiana Harbor Belt taps RailComm

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RailComm, Inc. has been selected to provide a wireless remote control derail system at Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad's RIP Track Facility. A customized Local Control Panel located within the shop will provide wireless remote control to the derails.

The panel includes a keypad for advanced security and logging. The user is required to input a unique pass-code (PIN #) to operate the derail machines. All control panel operations are recorded and stored on a wirelessly linked PC workstation. The data entries contain the name and trade of the operator, the nature of the operation, and the date and time. The workstation allows supervisors, managers, and other authorized personnelto review the operation logs and manage the system security.

Hammond, Ind.-based Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad claims the title of largest switch carrier in the U.S., with 54 miles of mainline track and 266 miles of yard and siding track.