Boss Locomotive Planner Deployed at Kansas City Southern (KCS)

Biarri Rail Colour LogoBiarri Rail has announced that The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) has completed the implementation of its Boss Locomotive Planner, and begun the production use of the system for its US and Mexican operations.

At the start of the project, KCS asked Biarri to deliver a cloud-based system that would improve the utilization of, and lower costs for, their more than 1,000 locomotives. Additionally, KCS wanted to establish a measurable basis for new locomotive purchases and to determine optimal fleet distribution. The Boss Loco Planner is now in place to support these goals.

Brian Hancock, EVP and Chief Innovation Officer, expressed his support of the Boss Locomotive Optimizer in stating “We are pleased to have significantly enhanced our locomotive planning capability and now be able to set consist allocations and changes at a detailed segment-by-segment level, to ensure results can be operationally validated.”

The system is also being used by KCS to provide transparency to terminal inventories and to support powering strategies on the USA-Mexico border. In using the new Boss Loco tool, KCS has the added benefit of being able to model and analyse PTC deployment at the border. With this sort of analysis, the PTC-enabled locos can be accurately phased in for the appropriate network segments and cross-border trains.

Tom Forbes, the CEO of Biarri Rail, said “Our working relationship with KCS has been excellent as we have had Biarri Development and Product Managers on the ground for each phase of the project. In fact, KCS contracted with us to extend the tool set with further automation of train data imports and custom upgrades to the user interface.”  The Boss Loco upgrades for KCS are to be deployed in the first quarter of 2019.

Following up on the successful roll-out of the Boss Loco Planning and after hearing from multiple Class 1 railroads, Biarri is also developing Boss Loco Ops. The Loco Ops module will provide dynamic support for the allocation and dispatch of locomotives at the unit level. This Boss tactical tool will also give locomotive dispatchers situational awareness of their locomotive fleet and provide decision support so that they can make informed and efficient locomotive assignment decisions. More information on Boss Loco Ops will be available in the first quarter of 2019.

Optimization to deliver efficient locomotive planning at KCS

Chicago, United States – February, 2018Biarri Rail, a global provider of planning and scheduling software for freight railroads is pleased to announce a new contract with The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS). 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.

“This contract with KCS combined with the recently announced contract with TasRail in Australia really speaks to the flexibility of the Boss platform to provide value for railroads of differing sizes and types.”

About Biarri Rail:

Biarri Rail is a global leader in planning and scheduling software for Railroads and Rail Shippers. Through automation and optimization technologies Biarri Rail works to improve service delivery and reduce costs through the smarter utilization of critical resources.

Boss is a cloud-based platform for scalable Railroad and Rail Shipper planning, scheduling and operations software. Boss provides integrated planning across resources including train services, locomotives, railcars, yards and crew.

About Kansas City Southern:

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. Kansas City Southern’s North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a railway network linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.