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How many freight trucks did you share the highway with during your road trip this summer?  According to Forbes.com, it was less than last year and even fewer than the year before. A trend that is expected to continue in the coming years.

Why? There are several factors, but topping the list are advancements in rail yard technology, the fluctuating price of diesel, and improved delivery speeds. More and more freight traffic has shifted from roads to rails, where trains can move one ton of goods about 500 miles on a single gallon of fuel.

How telematics connect the rail yard

Telematic monitoring solutions do so much more for rail operators than merely ensuring their cargo gets delivered on time and in the right condition. Solutions such as Connected Rail Yard from Lat-Lon provide real-time reporting on location, temperature, and weight. This information is displayed on a simplified dashboard. Along with usage data to help rail fleets and operators improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of network operations.

More than dollars

As if running a tighter rail operation and saving money wasn’t enough, telematics offers huge safety benefits for the people working for you. Connecting your rail yard enables you to institute the appropriate safety protocols required at regional and federal levels. It also provides a way for your rail operators to more efficiently meet compliance and safety requirements. Railroad Technology helps with HOS logs and inspections, with sensors to measure acceleration, temperature, and impact, as well as hazardous material tracking.

You CAN have it all

There are many companies in the telematics field that can monitor and report on usage and other metrics, and there’s another handful that use solar energy to monitor powerless assets (i.e., rail cars). The difference with BSM and Lat-Lon lies in the power of leveraging both technologies to bring a truly integrated monitoring and reporting experience to our customers.

Now that we have your attention

We dove deep into the ins and outs of the 21st-century rail yard and the benefits of connecting it in our whitepaper: 5 Keys to Improving Rail Yard Visibility. We encourage you to read it and then reach out to us so we can discuss how BSM and Lat-Lon can customize the Connected Rail Yard for your organization.

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The BSM Technology Innovation Award 2018 Winner

To publicly recognize how individuals and companies are working to raise the status of the rail industry, we unveil the annual BSM Technology Innovation Award.  This year, we focused our selection on the utilization of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the rail sector.  Specifically, we have chosen to honor an individual who continues to guide far-reaching changes, using the IoT, to advance the industry.

After careful deliberation, we have selected Don Loftis, Principle Software Engineer and Rail Security Coordinator of Olin Corporation.  Don is a frequent speaker and has helped shaped industry regulation with data-driven statistics on car coupling damage.  He has been leveraging the IoT by merging data from diverse sources, free and vendor generated, for over a decade under the simple methodology that more data leads to better decisions.

“We, at BSM, are impressed with how the adoption of technology in the rail industry consistently translates into significant tangible business results, ultimately advancing the industry as a whole as well as the communities in which we all operate.  Now, more than ever, we’re seeing our industry leaders set themselves apart with creative implementations designed to address immediate and longer-term growth strategies.  With our 20+ years partnering in rail we believe we’re uniquely positioned to recognize exceptional contributions via our Innovation Award,” comments Aly Rahemtulla, BSM President & CEO.

We will be announcing the award winner, and details of their work shortly, so stay tuned for more information. The award will be presented on April 8, 2018 at the ASLRRA 2018 Connections.

The American Short and Regional Railroad Show brings together railroad officials, rail suppliers and government officials that have vested interests in the short line sector. This year’s annual convention will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. BSM and Lat-Lon, who together deliver best-in-class IoT solutions for rail, will be present at booth number 1229.  We hope to see you there and tell you more about how our solutions are integrated into databases, business practices and customer facing applications, enabling our customers, and their customers, to better manage their business.

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