New York Air Brake, Nexxiot Partner on Digitalization

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.

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Supply Side: Alstom, Nexxiot/Knorr-Bremse

Alstom is among the founding partners of McGill University’s new Sustainable Growth Initiative (SGI). Also, Knorr-Bremse is a now customer of and strategic investor in Swiss firm Nexxiot.

Thales is supplying Société de transport de Montréal (STM) with eight additional computer-based interlocking systems.

Supply Side: Nexxiot, Thales

Nexxiot has launched a cargo monitoring device to provide real-time shipment location, status and condition data via the cloud. Also, Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has exercised a contract option with Thales for eight additional computer-based interlocking systems.


Moving Closer to Rail Maintenance Truth

The rail sector can be a digital leader in supply chain transparency. Deploying the latest analytics now must take center stage.

FTS Tools LLC, a new company based in Lynchburg, Va., will sell and market the battery-operated, maintenance-of-way tool line for Focused Technology Solutions.

Supply Side: Focused Technology Solutions; Nexxiot

Focused Technology Solutions Inc., a Marmon/Berkshire Hathaway company, has agreed to a sales licensing deal with FTS Tools LLC. And Nexxiot has introduced the Kingpin Monitor Remote System to help speed the loading of semitrailers onto railcars.


U.S. Rail Cargo Thefts Don’t Need to Happen

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.

In January, Metra’s Board of Directors approved a $1.8 billion purchase of up to 500 Alstom multilevels to replace aging bi-level gallery cars.

Supply Side: Alstom, Grignard Pure, Nexxiot

Alstom will receive a $3.4 million federal grant to expand its Hornell, N.Y., manufacturing facility. In addition, Grignard Pure LLC’s antimicrobial air treatment solution has received EPA approval for use in intrastate transit and transportation applications, and Nexxiot has teamed with TransRail Innovation Group (TRIG) to provide freight car monitoring.


Will Biden’s EO Drive the Digital Supply Chain?

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.


The Race Is On

Are digital railroads now set to fly?


U.S. Railroads Resurgent With Digitization at Just the Right Time

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.