Thursday, June 11, 2009

IBM opens Global Rail Innovation Center in Beijing

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Asserting that China is "at the epicenter of revolutionizing rail infrastructure and operations for the 21st Century," IBM has announced the opening of a Global Rail Innovation Center in Beijing.

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The center will bring together of the world's foremost industry leaders, researchers, and universities" in a country the is introducing "new high speed trains and a hugely expanded rail network at an unprecedented pace," said IBM in an announcement released Thursday in Beijing and at IBM headquarters in Armonk, N.Y.

Members of the center's advisory board include: Judge Quentin L.Kopp, chairman of he California High Speed Rail Authority; Professor Joseph Sussman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Tsinghua University; Michigan Technological University; Motorola; Railinc; Sabre; and RMI.

Karl Dierkx, director of the new center, said that "by bringing together leading industry experts and advanced technologies, we can help rail provides increase rail capacity, efficiency, safety, and customer service, resulting in networks of smarter rail systems around the world."