Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Virginia short line to add to RailComm DOC® system

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Suffolk, Va.-based Commonwealth Railway says it will be incorporating RailComm’s Track Warrant Control functionality into its existing Domain Operations Controller System (DOC®).

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Commonwealth Railway has dispatched trains within CTC territory by accessing RailComm’s web-enabled Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model.  RailComm’s SaaS offering provides a “pay-as-you-go” model, eliminating capital equipment procurement constraints. Through the SaaS delivery model, Commonwealth Railway is remotely dispatched by parent Genesee and Wyoming’s Portland & Western Railroad, located in Salem, Ore.  The addition of the Track Warrant Control module allows Commonwealth Railway to seamlessly dispatch both its CTC and its dark territory from the same control desk.

The DOC® SaaS provides built-in disaster recovery capability. Because the application is accessed over the Internet, in the case of evacuation of the dispatch building, the dispatcher’s can be relocated to any Internet-connected location to continue moving trains. Additionally, since the DOC® control application resides on servers within RailComm’s managed data center in Rochester, N.Y., the requirement for local IT support at each railroad is greatly reduced.