GE Transportation has signed an agreement to install its Trip Optimizer solution on-board KTZ-Freight Transportation’s fleet of TE33A Evolution-series locomotives.

The new agreement builds on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that was originally signed between the two parties in June, which aimed to explore the use of digital technologies to optimise operational safety, as well as improve power distribution and reduce fuel consumption.

"Rolling out Trip Optimizer will help increase the efficiency of KTZ freight locomotives, reducing fuel consumption by at least 5% and lowering harmful atmospheric emissions."

GE Transportation Russia / CIS, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa general manager Gokhan Bayhan said: “We are happy to expand our cooperation with KTZ-Freight Transportation and pleased to have the opportunity to apply GE Transportation’s digital solutions in Central Asia.

“Rolling out Trip Optimizer will help increase the efficiency of KTZ freight locomotives, reducing fuel consumption by at least 5% and lowering harmful atmospheric emissions.”

Trip Optimizer is an intelligent train control system that is able to calculate optimum speed and fuel consumption profiles in real-time by analysing the data related to the train’s routing and cargo load.

More than 700 new and modernised locomotives across Kazakhstan are currently powered by GE engines.

The solution’s installation is expected to improve the fleet’s productivity with regards to freight transportation.

In addition, GE Transportation was contracted by Brazilian rail-based logistics operator Rumo in October to install the Trip Optimizer on-board its locomotive fleet that currently runs on the North and São Paulo Lines, spanning almost 2,000km of track.