RailPulse has entered into a 10-year agreement with Railinc to develop, maintain, and operate RailPulse’s technology platform for monitoring railcar location, condition, and health characteristics across North American supply chains.
This partnership will enable the RailPulse coalition to deploy its remote monitoring platform on schedule in late 2022.
“Railinc and RailPulse have joined forces to deliver telematics and sensor technology to the North American freight rail industry,” says Mike McClellan, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at Norfolk Southern, one of the coalition’s five founding members. “Railinc has over 20 years of experience managing software and data applications for the industry, with best-in-class security and tools that enable robust data sharing and access policies.”
Railinc’s expertise in managing vast volumes of data across the North American freight rail industry, coupled with its experience providing superior 24-hour customer support, will be key value for RailPulse and its users. Railinc will also help to implement data management protocols, including data security, as well as integrate railcar telematics device data into RailPulse’s backend systems. Lastly, future data sharing arrangements with Railinc for RailPulse access to car location message (‘CLM’), waybill, and Umler data will allow RailPulse to enhance its telematics data, including the ability to map telematics data to all parties in a given waybill route.
Allen West, President and CEO of Railinc Corp, comments, “Railinc is pleased to partner with RailPulse, leveraging our capabilities to quickly scale their platform.”
As the first goal of RailPulse and Railinc’s partnership, Railinc is actively working to develop the initial “pilot” iteration of RailPulse’s platform for demonstration to interested industry parties targeted towards the end of 2022.
RailPulse, formed in 2020 by a diverse group of industry leading stakeholders, includes Norfolk Southern Corporation, GATX, Genesee & Wyoming Inc., Watco Companies LLC, The Greenbrier Companies and TrinityRail. The group aims to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of GPS and other telematics technology across the North American railcar network to significantly increase visibility, efficiency, and safety.