Monday, September 18, 2017

Progress Rail updates Seeing Machines pact

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A photo of Progress Rail/Seeing Machine's fatigue monitoring technology. A photo of Progress Rail/Seeing Machine's fatigue monitoring technology. Stuart Chirls photo

INDIANAPOLIS: Progress Rail, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., has signed an updated Master Development Agreement with Seeing Machines, a specialist in computer vision technologies. The new exclusive agreement provides the framework to ready the companies’ fatigue monitoring solution for commercial use in rail applications.

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ProgressRailUnder the original agreement, Progress Rail and Seeing Machines conducted multiple, successful field trials with rail customers, enabling both parties to witness the fatigue monitoring technology in real time, as well as to better understand the challenges rail operators face in managing fatigue and distraction.

“Our primary goal is to serve rail customers with valuable rail technologies, products and services to optimize their bottom line,” said Paul Denton, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Analytics for Progress Rail, of Albertville, Ala. “In working with Seeing Machines, we have collectively developed technology to do just that – by monitoring rail operators for alertness, global railways can maximize the efficiency of their rail fleets and help operators arrive home safely.”

“We are delighted to be continuing our work with Progress Rail,” said Paul Angelatos, Senior Vice President & GM Fleet, Rail and Off-Road for Seeing Machines. “Having worked closely over the past few years to develop a robust solution for the rail industry, it’s very pleasing to see that we are now able to move this commercial partnership to the next stage and start to significantly improve safety and productivity across the rail sector.”

Progress Rail and Seeing Machines are demonstrating the technology witha specially equipped locomotive cab simulator at Railway Interchange 2017 in Indianapolis.

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