The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS), a railroad operator based in Missouri, has awarded a new contract to Biarri Rail, an Australian provider of planning and live operations software for railroads and rail shippers.
The contract will see Biarri Rail deliver its cloud-based locomotive master planning software — Boss MP Loco.
The software will enable KCS to quickly plan and optimize locomotives, leading to improved efficiencies and utilization of critical railway assets.
Mike Walczak, KCS vice president strategic operational planning said, “We engaged Biarri Rail to perform a Proof-of-Concept using the Boss MP Loco software and this clearly demonstrated that we could use the software package to identify potential fleet efficiencies and help make strategic decisions on the deployment and positioning of our locomotive fleet.”
“For example, we were able to run multiple scenarios examining how many of our fleet could be equipped for Positive Train Control (-PTC) based on how and where we may choose to assign power on our cross-border trains that operate in both the US and Mexico.Our current locomotive planning tools do not provide optimization or “what if” capabilities to deliver the most efficient plan.”
“The Biarri Rail software has an intuitive user interface and powerful optimization algorithms, which will provide a step change in our planning capability. Based on the successful outcome of the Proof-of-Concept we are now implementing Boss MP Loco into our planning environment.”
Tom Forbes, Biarri Rail CEO said, “We are excited to be working with the team at KCS to drive this innovation with them. Boss is a new concept in railroad planning and scheduling software as it brings man and machine together; excellent algorithms, and simple user interfaces, that deliver real world results.”
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