Wabtec Advances CN Rail Network Optimization with the Launch of its Precision Dispatch System


PITTSBURGH & MONTREAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wabtec (NYSE: WAB) today launched its new Precision Dispatch System with an order from CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI). The Precision Dispatch agreement marks an important step towards network automation for CN and the rail industry as a whole.

“CN is leading the industry in rail network optimization as a launch customer of the Precision Dispatch System,” said Nalin Jain, President of Wabtec’s Digital Electronics Division. “This system is the first of its kind and acts as a command and control system at the heart of rail operations. CN will be able to increase capacity, improve efficiency and improve safety on its 20,000+ mile network. »

Wabtec’s Precision Dispatch System is designed to move trains safely and efficiently across the rail network in signaled and dark territories, as well as provide complete visibility of network conditions and monitor all devices on the network. Precision Dispatch analyzes data from all rolling stock assets and wayside devices and positive train control (PTC). With this information, the system provides advanced automation through end-to-end electronic delivery of mandatory guidelines and automatic enforcement of authorities in dark territory. Precision Dispatch helps eliminate human error, reduce maintenance and operating costs, and achieve safe and efficient rail operations.

“Our goal is to operate a safe and efficient railroad and to constantly improve our infrastructure,” said Dominique Malenfant, CN’s Chief Information and Technology Officer. “The Precision Dispatch System represents a significant step forward in optimizing our network. This solution is designed to allow us to maximize the potential of our rail network and will protect employee safety.

Wabtec expects its Precision Dispatch System to be operational at CN by the end of 2023. After a phased rollout, there will be a total of 37 offices in CN’s Control Center using this advanced software. This agreement marks an important step in Wabtec’s strategy to optimize the current rail network, further streamline shipment execution and improve safety and service delivery.

About Wabtec

Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) is focused on creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. The company is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for the rail freight and transit industries, as well as the mining, marine and industrial markets. Wabtec has been a leader in the railroad industry for over 150 years and has a vision to achieve a zero-emissions railroad system in the United States and around the world. Visit the Wabtec website at www.wabteccorp.com.

About CN

CN is a global transportation leader and business enabler. Vital to the economy, the customers and the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tonnes of natural resources, manufactured goods and finished goods across North America each year. As the only railroad connecting the east and west coasts of Canada to the southern United States with an 18,600-mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been helping communities prosper and trade sustainably since 1919. CN is committed to implementing programs that support social responsibility and environmental stewardship.


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