Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) on Feb. 1 announced that it has joined the RailPulse™ Coalition, becoming the third Class I railroad and the tenth member of the coalition, which was established in late 2020 to “to develop, broaden and accelerate the use of GPS and other telematics technologies on railcars that increase safety, efficiency, and visibility across North America's freight rail industry."
CPKC joins members Bunge North America, GATX, Genesee & Wyoming Inc., Norfolk Southern (NS), Railroad Development Corporation, The Greenbrier Companies, TrinityRail, Union Pacific (UP) and Watco Companies LLC.
“We are pleased to be a part of RailPulse and to contribute to accelerating adoption of railcar telemetry in North America,” said CPKC Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer John Brooks. “This collaboration aligns with our commitment to innovation and will play an important role in modernizing our customer experience and provide benefits to the entire supply chain by advancing safety and improving operations.”
According to the coalition, the key objectives of RailPulse include:
- “Industry Wide Telematics Infrastructure: The initiative facilitates collaboration among industry players by creating a secure, trusted, standardized, and vendor neutral railcar telematics infrastructure that spans the entire North American freight rail industry.
- “Data-Driven Transformation: By building an information infrastructure that harnesses data from GPS and railcar-mounted sensors and prioritizing data standardization and storage in the cloud, RailPulse focuses on delivering actionable insights enabling enhance service levels, visibility, safety, sustainability, and productivity.
- “Enhanced Service through Visibility: Through RailPulse, the integration of telematic sensors on railcars enables the generation of valuable data, empowering shippers with real-time visibility of railcar and goods movements to make informed decisions and optimize their operations.”
“We welcome CPKC to the RailPulse Coalition. Together, we will drive transformative change in the rail sector by combining our strengths and fostering a culture of innovation,” said RailPulse General Manager David Shannon. “This partnership underscores our commitment to shaping the future of rail transportation.”
“The Board of RailPulse is very excited to welcome CPKC,” said Mike McClellan, RailPulse Board Chair and NS Sr. VP & Chief Strategy Officer. “CPKC brings a breadth of railroading knowledge to the table, and the insights that CPKC will be able to contribute from operating in three countries will be invaluable as we drive RailPulse to serve all of North America.”