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Thursday, March 16, 2017

GE Transportation signs 'smart' loco deal with DB Cargo

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Europe’s largest rail freight carrier, DB Cargo, and GE Transportation have signed an agreement to digitize 250 locomotives across Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Poland over the next five years.

The deal is GE Transportation’s first European digital contract and a milestone in the company’s efforts to create self-aware locomotives and digitize the entire rail operation value chain. The partnership also marks the first time non-GE locomotives have been equipped with GE digital solutions.

The deal follows a three-month pilot of GE Transportation’s RailConnect 360 Asset Performance Management Solution, which provided locomotive performance status updates that increased efficiency and delivered a 25% reduction in service failures.

The deal covers 250 locomotives in DB Cargo’s fleet.

“We are committed to helping engineers and rail operators, like DB Cargo, make the most of their assets by delivering game-changing productivity and efficiency gains,” said GE Transportation CEO Jamie Miller, in a release.

Built on the Predix Industrial Internet platform, GE’s Asset Performance Management applications give industrial businesses like DB Cargo a complete, integrated view of their equipment, helping operators make more informed decisions and improve the performance of their assets.