Monday, September 19, 2016

GE and Intel unveil "superbrain" for locomotives

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GE Transportation, in collaboration with Intel Corp., introduced a “superbrain” platform solution for locomotives that transforms them into mobile data headquarters, “helping make trains smarter and faster.”

GE says its “best-in-class embedded solution,” unveiled Sept. 19, “improves operations, fuel efficiency, horsepower and emissions, and enhances a locomotive’s tractive effort.”

The GoLINC™ system, which GE describes as “network, communication and application management platform capable of turning any locomotive into a mobile data center,” features the 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor.

GoLINC interfaces with both on-board and off-board GE and third-party systems to create a Predix™-edge-enabled device. “It’s the brain of the train on more than 6,000 locomotives today,” GE said. The new offering aims to improve data management and video analytics on the locomotive, and enables the creation and deployment of future technologies into the GoLINC platform.

“Our partnership delivers the most advanced connectivity across the rail industry to create a smarter rail ecosystem,” said GE Transportation President and CEO Jamie Miller. “It enables operators to transfer data, host applications and interface with third-party systems, and can boost operational productivity.”

“This platform enhancement to the GoLINC mobile data center saves time and lowers costs by reducing the amount of data transferred over cellular connections, and will enable the rail industry to perform at its best,” said Intel General Manager, Global Transportation Val Stoyanov. “We look forward to continued collaboration with GE Transportation.”

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