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DB Cargo, GE Transportation partner to digitize 250 locomotives

Published 16 March 2017

Rail freight operator DB Cargo and GE Transportation have partnered to digitize 250 locomotives across Germany, U.K., France and Poland over the next five years.

The agreement has been announced after a three-month pilot of GE Transportation’s RailConnect 360 asset performance management solution for DB Cargo locomotives.

GE’s solution offered locomotive health status updates that resulted in increasing efficiency and reducing service failures by 25%.

DB Cargo European asset management & technology senior vice president Steffen Bobsien said: “Our pilot with GE Transportation delivered significant improvement in fleet availability and reduced the number of service failures – factors critical to our operations and delivering goods across the global supply chain.

“We look forward to extending GE’s solutions for these 250 locos – and the positive outcomes they deliver – across our fleet.”

The deal marks GE Transportation’s first digital contract in Europe.  It will also see the deployment of GE digital solutions for non-GE locomotives for the first time.

GE Transportation CEO Jamie Miller said: “The digital industrial future is here and the need to turn information into insights and insights into outcomes has never been more important to our customers. With this performance-based contract for remote monitoring and diagnostics of non-GE locomotives, we are completely changing the business model.”

GE’s asset performance management applications, which are build on the company’s Predix Industrial Internet platform, are claimed to offer integrated view of equipment for industrial businesses.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, GE Transportation employs nearly 10,000 employees worldwide.

In January, GE and Transnet, a major rail and ports operator in Africa, announced a digital partnership to connect shippers and transport operators. For the partnership, GE’s solutions included offering real-time, data-driven insights on the status of shipments.   

Image: The deal marks GE Transportation’s first digital contract in Europe.  Photo courtesy of Deutsche Bahn AG/Uwe Miethe.