As the process of digitalization in North American rail freight gathers pace, we discover how connecting freight railcar air brake data to cloud analytics can change the industry. Here’s an example of how it will drive efficiency and deliver rail and cargo applications that industry participants need.
Author: Daniel MacGregor
The rail sector can be a digital leader in supply chain transparency. Deploying the latest analytics now must take center stage.
Americans were horrified last week to see scenes of empty packages from stolen cargo strewn along miles of railroad tracks in Los Angeles, as if we were a third world country.
The most recent big news in freight transportation is President Joe Biden’s Executive Order to boost competition in rail and maritime shipping, possibly setting the industry on course for seismic change.
Are digital railroads now set to fly?
In my most recent Railway Age article entitled “U.S. Railroads Resurgent With Digitization at Just the Right Time,” I described how the railroads were the driver of U.S. growth, expansion and prosperity. They provided the spine for the economy to flourish.
The first plans to build a U.S. transcontinental railroad from East to West were drawn up in 1845. As “Last Spike” ceremonies came to an end during the late 1800s, this vast investment in infrastructure became the core of American culture and economic power.