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Intelligent Databases Help Build a Safer Rail Network
Freight railroads are harnessing the power of data — lots of it — to improve the health of the nation’s rail network. Working with North Carolina-based Railinc, railroads are collaborating in an unprecedented way to identify equipment-related problems before they occur, improve the efficiency of repairs and enhance safety across the nation’s rail network.
America’s freight railroads collect enormous amounts of data about equipment performance, rail car usage, repairs and fleet health. Together with industry partners, railroads are finding innovative new ways to use Big Data to ensure safety. Collecting and analyzing data throughout the entirety of the nation’s rail network allows railroads to track the health of rail equipment and find patterns that can predict when repairs are needed. By predicting problems before they happen, the industry can better manage its equipment and infrastructure and create new standards meant to make America’s safe rail network even safer.