Monday, July 26, 2010

Wisconsin & Southern taps RailComm

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Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Monday it has provided the Track Warrant Control (TWC) system for the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co.  RailComm’s state-of-the-art Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) train control system is accessed through a web-enabled Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model.

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RailComm’s SaaS offering provides a “pay-as-you-go” model, thus eliminating capital equipment procurement constraints. Through the SaaS delivery system, trains are remotely dispatched by Milwaukee-based Wisconsin & Southern wherever an internet connection is available. Therefore, it ispossible to relocate the dispatchers to alternative locations as required. Additionally, railroad management can log in from an office, home, or even from a hotel and directly view dispatching activity and management reports.

The DOC® control application resides on servers withinRailComm’s managed data center in Rochester, N.Y., reducing a railroad’s requirement for local IT support.

Wisconsin & Southern has twice been named Railway Age Regional Railroad of the Year, honored in 2001 and in 2009.