Thinking about some of the trains for tomorrow is always an exciting prospect for us here at SmartRail World ( @SmartRailWorld ). As diesel trains are slowly becoming more redundant, rail operators and transportation companies are experimenting with new ways to power trains. Looking to the future, one company is looking into the ways that trains can be fast, efficient and smart. There is a trend towards having greener, smarter trains across the world and GE Transportation is one multinational company committed to making this change. Advanced digital technologies and analytics are helping to create an efficient, digital rail ecosystem – from the locomotive and rail car, to the train yard and operations centre. With the news of global alliances, software and products powered by Predix, GE Transportation is applying its industrial domain and technology leadership to help extend the life of locomotives, reduce fuel consumption, decrease emissions, boost velocity and improve operations.
At the 2016 InnoTrans, GE Transportation demonstrated and explained two of its latest innovations: GoLINC and the Intelligent Inspection Management system. In the future the company will be commercialising drones to assist with collecting, analysing and fusing data to track railroad lines for greater operational efficiency, speed, and safety.
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