RailTrends 2018 Conference in New York City

New York City, United States – January, 2019 – Biarri Rail was thrilled to be a first-time sponsor for the annual RailTrends Conference at the Marriott Marquis on November 29-30 in New York City. RailTrends is considered by many to be the premier industry event, where most of the Class Is are represented by one or more members of their senior management team. Speakers this year included Lance Fritz, CEO of the Union Pacific, James Foote, CEO of CSX, and Brian Hancock, EVP & Chief Marketing Officer for Kansas City Southern. The conference also honored Ed Hamburger, the retiring President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Biarri opted to be a sponsor for RailTrends 2018, as we recognize that the North American freight rail industry is at the cusp of a new period of intense technological development. We believe that the industry is currently inclined to reduce capital costs, but simultaneously having to deal with the approaching challenges of precision scheduled railroading (PSR) and the introduction of autonomous vehicles on roadways and rails. There is really only one way to bridge this funding gap, and that is through smart technology investment and efficient industry adoption. The presentations, and buzz among the conference attendees, supported this belief.

Presentations were given by all of the Class Is (except BNSF) as well as by shorts lines, Amtrak, Oliver Wyman, and Ann D. Begeman, Chairman, Surface Transportation Board. Tony Hatch, one of the co-founders of RailTrends and CEO of ABH consulting, also gave a presentation on Rail versus truck and wrote an excellent re-cap and analysis of the conference on December 19th in Progressive Railroading. In his piece he summarized the stated challenges of precision scheduled railroading (PSR) implementation, technology adoption by the railroads, and the evolving regulatory climate’s impact on rail planning and operations.

One of the five takeaways Tony highlighted in the article was the presentation by Brian Hancock of KCS and the leadership being taken by them on the technology front. “Kansas City Southern may have jumped to the top of the leader board in terms of technology and innovation, and officials promised that their railway will be fully automated in six to 10 years!”

As a technology partner for KCS, and as a part of the development of their technology roadmap, Biarri Rail could not agree more.

 

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.