GE Transportation has signed an agreement to install its ‘Trip Optimizer’ system on-board Brazilian rail operator Rumo’s locomotive fleet that runs on the North and São Paulo Lines, covering nearly 2,000km of track.
Trip Optimizer is a software-based energy management system that enables trains to operate in the most fuel-efficient manner possible by gathering information regarding its route and current load.
Operations using the system are expected to begin next year.
GE Transportation Latin America commercial director Danilo Miyasato said: “The installation of Trip Optimizer is an important first step in transitioning from manual trains to fully automated ones.
“It will not only increase rail productivity, but also radically change logistics for the better.”
The solution is integrated with GE Transportation’s onboard computing platform GoLINC, which transforms a locomotive into a mobile data centre and enables the implementation of the company’s complete suite of digital solutions.
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Trip Optimizer’s algorithms customise a locomotive’s work plan according to its specific rail route in order to optimise fuel usage and overall operational efficiency.
It can also synchronise with other onboard systems to adapt to potential changes that may impact the route.
Rumo technology director Roberto Rubio Potzmann said: “When integrated with our global technology strategy, it will bring considerable precision in the movement of freight, generating greater efficiency for our operation.
“Beyond that, the benefits of reducing fuel consumption extend beyond our own operations to the broader society as well.”
In addition, Rumo and GE are holding discussions regarding the possible implementation of additional digital solutions to help the operator further reduce operating costs and achieve other business goals.