Siemens to grow US market with new digital rail services

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ATLANTA — Siemens is launching a new digital rail services business that will use sensors, advanced software, and billions of data points to gather information on rail systems in the United States. The new business will help North American railroads to remotely monitor, analyze, and predict the fluidity of its rail operations and equipment.

Siemens’ system is designed to help railroads reduce unplanned downtime, improve efficiency, and review data that helps managers better plan trains operations, according to Siemens.

The company is already working with two transit agencies on gathering data to improve safety and operations. The company has partnered with the Charlotte Area Transit System on a pilot program for near real-time diagnostics and analysis of light rail system data to help make prescriptive maintenance plans. In Atlanta, Siemens has partnered with the Atlanta Streetcar to analyze data points that help interpret streetcar operations, safety, and passenger comfort.

Digital Rail Services will be based in Midtown Atlanta on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and will also partner with Georgia Tech on software and technology development. Siemens’ Robert Bartels points out that Siemens has an extensive partnership with two universities in the United States – Georgia Tech and the University of California at Berkley.

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