Product News & Announcements

Monday 07/17/2017
Global Re-Fuel to Impact Poultry Industry with Biomass Furnace

MCKINNEY, Texas -- Global Re-Fuel is an energy technology company that is poised to make a significant impact on poultry farming. Its PLF-500 biomass furnace offers a pioneering farm technology that addresses financial, health and environmental issues facing the agriculture industry.

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Blue Bird Introduces All-New Electric School Bus Solutions

RENO, Nev. -- Blue Bird unveiled two new electric-powered school buses at the STN Tradeshow to nearly 1,000 live attendees and hundreds more on their live news feeds. Blue Bird introduced its all-new Type A Micro Bird G5 electric-powered school bus and then revealed its all-new electric powered Type D chassis which will power its Type D All American rear engine school bus.

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GenZe and Postmates Join Forces to Build Electric Vehicle Fleet

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Recently, at the FIA Formula E electric vehicle racing event, NYC ePrix, Silicon Valley-based GenZe and innovative community logistics platform Postmates announced a groundbreaking partnership to bring zero-emission transportation solutions to New York City and San Francisco.

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Monday 07/10/2017
Solar Farm Brings New Use to Abandoned Nuclear Power Site

SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn. -- The site of an unfinished nuclear power plant has been newly energized, with solar power. Birdseye Renewable Energy recently partnered with United Renewable Energy to design and construct a solar farm bringing energy generation to Hawkins County.

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Georgia Power Introduces Surveillance and Security Service

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia Power introduces SiteView, a powerful new video surveillance and security tool, offered as part of the company's growing menu of optional services. With SiteView, commercial, industrial and governmental customers have the option to obtain a high-definition camera system, owned, installed and maintained by Georgia Power with no upfront cost. The service will also be available to homeowner associations and multi-family residential developments.

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Kapsch TrafficCom to Provide Mobile Ticketing for Transit System

MCLEAN, Va. -- The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has awarded Kapsch TrafficCom a contract to design, develop, implement, support and maintain a turnkey regional Mobile Ticketing System. The new MTS will allow MARTA riders to order, pay and electronically validate tickets using their mobile smart devices via a mobile application, as well as directly through the mobile ticketing website. The system enables users to access MARTA’s transit system within Atlanta, Ga., and surrounding communities. MARTA is the ninth-largest rapid transit system in the United States, spanning almost 50 miles of rail and more than 1,400 miles of bus routes. Every weekday, more than 500,000 people rely on MARTA for transportation.

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Skylar Completes Battery Energy Storage System for Glendale

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Skylar Resources L.P., announced that it has successfully completed the commissioning of a 2 MW Battery Energy Storage System on behalf of municipal utility client Glendale Water & Power in Glendale, Calif. Construction and testing was recently completed at Glendale’s Grandview Substation. The battery can now instantaneously respond to shifts in systemic load, providing GWP with an unprecedented capacity to regulate its transmission system. Beyond renewable integration, the BESS may serve as an emergency source of energy to start up other units, mitigating the impact of potential unplanned disruptions in service. It will also reduce costs by delaying the need for infrastructure upgrades.

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Tuesday 07/04/2017
Peoria Embarks on Energy Efficiency Partnership with Ameresco

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced it has contracted with the city of Peoria to implement efficiency measures that are expected to result in significant energy savings over time. Earlier this month, the Peoria City Council unanimously approved the energy efficiency and renewable energy project that will enhance sustainability initiatives and provide solar covered parking canopies at multiple city facilities.

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San Antonio Approves Ordinance Authorizing SolarHost Program

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The San Antonio City Council recently unanimously approved an ordinance that allows the city of San Antonio to participate in SolarHost, a rooftop solar program operated by PowerFin Partners and CPS Energy.

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Cistern Uses Condensate From Air Conditioning to Flush Toilets

LEEDS, England -- The world's first cistern to use condensate from air conditioning units to flush the toilet has been launched and could save 4.7 billion liters of water a year for the 1,477 U.S. hotels currently being built.

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Monday 06/26/2017
UC Merced Selects SunPower for 5 MW Solar Energy System

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The University of California, Merced's precedent-setting Triple Zero Commitment aims for zero net energy use, the creation of zero net landfill waste and climate neutrality on campus by 2020, a goal that coincides with the university's expansion project to nearly double the campus's physical capacity by that same year.

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SAS Pioneers 'Smart Campus' Technology at HQ

CARY, N.C. -- Building on its corporate sustainability leadership and Internet of Things technology prowess, SAS is taking steps to establish a "smart campus" at its Cary, N.C., headquarters. Through SAS' advanced, real-time analytics, the smart campus project will improve energy usage while proactively monitoring equipment performance to boost operational longevity. Starting with a handful of buildings, two on-site solar farms and select waste containers, the project will eventually span across most of the 24 buildings on campus.

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Proterra Tapped for Utah's First Battery-Electric Transit Fleet

PARK CITY, Utah -- Proterra, a provider of heavy-duty electric transportation, announced that Park City Transit has deployed Utah's first zero-emission, battery-electric mass transit fleet, which will include six Proterra Catalyst FC+ buses. Selected to serve the region's renowned ski resort community, the Proterra fleet supports Park City's and Summit County's transition toward renewable energy and the reduction of its overall carbon footprint. With one of the nation's most ambitious climate targets, Park City is laying a path for a net-zero carbon footprint for its municipal operations by 2022 and a Summit County area-wide net-zero carbon footprint by 2032 by implementing Proterra's proven transit technology.

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Tuesday 06/20/2017
Fēnix Energy Turning Buildings into Sustainable Assets

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Vancouver-based Fēnix Energy Solutions Ltd., has taken another step towards its vision of creating the greenest cities across North America, one building at a time, by launching an Operations and Maintenance solution focused on harnessing the thermal energy of buildings.

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Partners Enhance Energy Management for Commercial Buildings

NEWPORT BEACH Calif. -- Zen Ecosystems and Encycle announced a partnership to bring Encycle’s Swarm Logic offering to the Zen HQ intelligent energy management platform. Zen HQ’s smart thermostats will leverage Swarm Logic energy optimization technology, which will further reduce customers’ electricity and maintenance costs by synchronizing and streamlining the operation of rooftop air handling units and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment.

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Taft Union High School District to Install Solar

TAFT, Calif. -- Taft Union High School District will break ground this summer on a solar project that will generate renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gases and save millions of dollars.

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Cartegraph Battles Crumbling U.S. Infrastructure

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- In response to America’s near-failing infrastructure, Cartegraph has announced its dedication to transform cities, counties and states across the country into high-performance governments. Through this commitment, Cartegraph will devote its software and services to individuals in government operations striving to be more effective, efficient and productive for the benefit of their citizens.

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Tuesday 06/13/2017
PennDOT Awards Jacobs Active Traffic Management Project

DALLAS, Texas -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., was awarded a ten-year, multi-million dollar contract from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to design a long-range, comprehensive, multi-modal transportation management solution to improve travel along the Interstate 76 Corridor in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

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EarthTronics Introduces Adjustable LED for Wide-Area Illumination

MUSKEGON, Mich. -- EarthTronics, dedicated to developing innovative energy efficient lighting products that provide a positive economic and environmental impact for its customers, introduced a 4000K color temperature addition to the LED Direction Adjustable Wall Pack series to provide exterior, wide-flood area illumination for commercial, industrial and municipal facilities.

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SageGlass Installs Dynamic Glass at New Academic Center

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- SageGlass, manufacturer of smart electrochromic glass, announced the completed installation of 25,000 sq. ft. of dynamic glass at the new Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing at Bowie State University on portions of the curtain wall façade and throughout "The Beacon," a three-story multipurpose space. SageGlass dynamically controls sunlight to provide students and faculty with a comfortable learning environment and collaborative event space. The project is aiming to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Mayor Launches EV Car Share Program for Disadvantaged

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A groundbreaking new car share program will help Los Angeles meet its clean air goals, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide residents of some of its most disadvantaged communities with self-service access to electric vehicles.

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Monday 06/05/2017
DOE to Improve Energy Efficiency at Federal Facilities

DALLAS, Texas -- Lockheed Martin has been selected for a U.S. Department of Energy contract to improve energy and water efficiency at federal facilities.

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Applied Medical Installs Nearly Three Megawatts of Solar

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. -- Applied Medical, a developer and provider of minimally invasive surgical devices, announced the completion of a 2.94 MW solar installation at their multi-facility corporate headquarters and a local distribution center. The system was designed and built by REC Solar, a provider of commercial, public sector and utility-scale solar solutions.

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Econolite Introduces EOS Traffic Control Software

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Econolite recently introduced EOS traffic controller software. EOS is a next-generation, easy-to-use, web-based user interface traffic control software that is built on a completely new and more robust dynamic core framework. EOS is designed to expand traffic control capabilities, preparing agencies for the upcoming demands of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle and Smart City traffic control systems. EOS is developed for Econolite Cobalt ATC, Safetran 2070C, and other properly configured ATC controllers.

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Orion Lighting to Upgrade VA Hospitals to LED Lighting

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- Orion Energy Systems, a designer and manufacturer of high performance, energy-efficient LED retrofit lighting products, announced i u.s. department of ve t has secured $0.8M in contracts to supply its LED lighting retrofit solutions to two U.S. Veteran's Health Administration hospitals in Florida and Washington. Installations are underway and expected to be completed by the end of the 2017 calendar year.

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Tuesday 05/30/2017
Nova Bus Equips Montreal with Its First Fully Electric Buses

MONTREAL -- Nova Bus has announced that Montreal is the first city in North America to put Nova Bus 100 percent electric buses in service. These buses were delivered by Nova Bus factories in Saint-Eustache and Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec. It is within the framework of the Montreal City Mobility project that three buses will circulate in order to continue the observations on this new electric bus operating in the city. These vehicles were acquired by the Société de transport de Montréal in accordance with a financial support from the Green Fund of the Government of Quebec. This project is a result of the Quebec Transport Electrification Action Plan 2015-2020.

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Republic Services Reduces Emissions by Using More Natural Gas

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Republic Services, Inc., announced that the company will increase its usage of renewable natural gas by three times what it used in 2016 through an expanded agreement with Clean Energy. This enables Republic to reduce its fleet emissions by approximately 110,000 metric tons of CO2e over a three-year period.

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YVR Completes Largest Canadian Install of Apron LED Lighting

RICHMOND, B.C. -- Vancouver International Airport continues to be a leader in airport sustainability with the installation of a new state-of-the-art LED lighting system to its airfield leveraging incentives from BC Hydro. The new lighting system by Musco Lighting significantly reduces YVR’s power consumption, expands lighting coverage, and increases safety for pilots, air traffic controllers and ground crews. This marks the first time an airport in North America is using an adaptive dimming system based upon gate usage.

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Tuesday 05/23/2017
SunPower Breaks Ground on Solar System at Air Force Base

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- SunPower Corp., has broken ground on a 28 MW solar photovoltaic system at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif., a project expected to create about 150 jobs at peak of construction. Upon operation, it's anticipated to be the largest behind-the-meter solar power system in the Air Force where 100 percent of the energy generated will be consumed onsite.

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Campbell Announces 4.4 MW Solar Array at World Headquarters

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Campbell Soup Company, in partnership with BNB Renewable Energy Holdings, SunPower Corp., and ORIX USA Corp., broke ground on a 4.4 MW solar power project at the company’s World Headquarters in Camden, N.J. Scheduled to come online in fall 2017, the system will provide energy to Campbell through a 20-year power purchase agreement and generate more than 5 million kWh of electricity per year. Upon completion, the solar array will become the largest in the city of Camden.

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PG&E’s Solar Choice Program: Clean Energy at Lower Cost

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced the cost to participate in its 100 percent solar energy program has dropped by 30 percent for residential customers and by nearly 50 percent for some business customers. This significant cost reduction in the company’s Solar Choice program is thanks in part to PG&E’s continued investment in clean energy infrastructure throughout its service area, including eight new solar sites being built for the program by renewable developers in Northern and Central California.

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Spireon Fleet Management Solution Connected by OnStar

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Spireon Inc., a provider of telematics, risk management and location-based business intelligence solutions with more than 3.75 million active subscribers, released its FleetLocate Connected by OnStar fleet management solution for properly equipped GM vehicles.

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DFHV Launches New Taxi Payment Platform Powered by Square

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the latest move to bring innovation to the taxi industry and riders of Washington, D.C., The Department of For-Hire Vehicles has announced new digital meter solutions within taxis with payments powered by Square. Square’s technology will support the shift to an all-digital platform on a smartphone or tablet, eliminating outdated traditional meters, streamlining the taxi experience and ensuring equitable rates for consumers and drivers.

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Tuesday 05/16/2017
Cities Use Siemens' Virtual Infrastructure Planning Tool

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In conjunction with this year’s Infrastructure Week, Siemens is announcing the results of studies conducted to help Charlotte, N.C., identify the technologies that will provide the greatest impact for its respective growth, infrastructure, sustainability and economic priorities.

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Nationwide Energy Partners Adds Solar to Condo Microgrid

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nationwide Energy Partners announced that it has partnered with the New Albany Park Condominium Association on a project to help develop a 25 kW solar energ"y system within their condo community.

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University Taps Standard Solar to Develop Solar Parking Canopies

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Standard Solar is partnering with Salisbury University to construct, operate, own and maintain a 543.9 kW solar system featuring three solar canopies and five electric vehicle charging stations. The canopies will cover a parking lot to provide shade for the University’s Parking Lot H, as well power to the adjacent educational buildings.

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Orion Launches Four New Energy-Efficient LED Lighting Products

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Orion Energy Systems, a designer and manufacturer of high performance, energy-efficient LED retrofit lighting products, unveiled four new LED lighting products at the LIGHTFAIR International Trade Show and Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The industry leading products deliver significantly more energy savings than comparable products on the market and are designed to serve as a connected lighting platform that delivers business solutions beyond energy savings and lighting performance.

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Tuesday 05/09/2017
Partnership to Reduce Medical Appointment No-Shows

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Lyft and SafeRide Health have announced a new partnership to improve access to care, simplify healthcare operations and reduce healthcare costs.

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Itron Collaborates with Roanoke Gas to Modernize Distribution

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., a technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced that Roanoke Gas Company, provider of natural gas to customers in the greater Roanoke, Va., area and a subsidiary of parent company RGC Resources, Inc., is collaborating with Itron to modernize its gas distribution system. Roanoke Gas will utilize Itron to operate more efficiently and improve service to its customers.

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Partners to Deploy Streetlight Integrated Wi-Fi Solutions Across State

BOULDER, Colo. -- Petra Systems, a global technology provider that delivers remotely managed networks for Smart City infrastructure, and Palmer Wireless, a provider of wireless and high speed internet service across Central Minnesota, announced a project to pilot Petra’s Smart Streetlight Network Solutions across select locations in the Palmer service territory.

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Cree Brings New High Lumen Output to Outdoor Lighting

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc., extended its OSQ Series of area and flood LED luminaires, delivering better performance, expanding applications and offering dramatic savings with the new Cree OSQ High Output portfolio. The new luminaire more than doubles the top lumen output of the original OSQ Series with up to 65,000 lumens and can replace multiple metal halide 1000 W fixtures. The result is more than 80 percent energy savings using one OSQ-HO luminaire. The new product extends the application range for open area and flood luminaires to projects with high mounting heights, including high mast and large parking lots, and has special packages for outdoor automotive frontlines.

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Tuesday 05/02/2017
City Enlists Johnson Controls for City-Wide Infrastructure Upgrades

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- The city of Beaufort, S.C. has partnered with Johnson Controls to complete a city-wide performance infrastructure and conservation project that’s expected to generate $5.4 million in savings over 15 years, while reducing the city’s overall carbon footprint, energy usage and water consumption.

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Pacific Biodiesel Readies for First Sunflower Harvest in Maui

MAUI, Hawaii -- After hosting an Earth Day community event to celebrate the first blooms in its Maui sunflower biofuel crop, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies recently delivered its combine harvester to the crop site to prepare for the first harvest, expected to begin in the next month when the sunflowers have fully matured.

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Monday 05/01/2017
Ricoh Unveils Solar Array to Power New Jersey Facility

MALVERN, Pa. -- Ricoh USA, Inc., announced the latest in a series of sustainability milestones, including a new solar array that will power its West Caldwell, N.J., office facility. The array, which is set to provide for more than half of the facility's electrical needs, literally represents the power of Ricoh's ongoing sustainability efforts. This is the latest example of Ricoh's environmental consciousness and measurable progress in sustainability efforts.

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Sungrow Unveils Turnkey Energy Storage System

FREMONT, Calif. -- Sungrow, a global PV inverter system solution supplier, unveiled a new turnkey energy storage system solution recently.

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93 MW San Roman Wind Farm Inaugurated in Cameron County

LOS FRESNOS, Texas -- Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos recently joined ACCIONA Energy, a global operator of renewable energy projects, to inaugurate the 93 MW San Roman Wind Farm. San Roman will produce enough energy to power more than 30,000 homes in Southeast Texas. Located near Brownsville and equipped with 31 AW125/3000 turbines, San Roman is ACCIONA’s eighth wind farm in the U.S. and brings the company’s total U.S. wind capacity to 721 MW.

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Sunday 04/30/2017
Blue Lake Rancheria Reservation Microgrid Goes Live

MINNETONKA, Minn. -- Blue Lake Rancheria, a century-old Native American reservation in Northern California, has launched its low-carbon community microgrid that is helping power government offices, economic enterprises and critical Red Cross safety shelter-in-place facilities across 100 acres. In collaboration with Humboldt State University's Schatz Energy Research Center, Siemens, Idaho National Laboratory and additional partners, the microgrid uses decentralized energy resources and intelligent software to provide its residents and economic enterprises with reliable power without interruption.

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Tuesday 04/25/2017
Microgrid Powered Up in Parkville Neighborhood

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The city of Hartford, Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, and Bloom Energy announced the completion of a fuel cell microgrid that will generate clean energy, manage electricity costs and supply emergency power for public buildings and businesses in the city’s Parkville neighborhood.

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Navy Chooses Orion for LED Lighting Retrofits at Bases

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- Orion Energy Systems, a designer and manufacturer of high performance, energy-efficient LED retrofit lighting products, announced it has secured $1.9 million in new contracts with the U.S. Navy to retrofit two naval bases with Orion’s newest LED lighting systems, compliant with the U.S. "Buy American Act" and "Trade Agreements Act." Installations are in process and expected to be complete by November 2017.

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Siemens Launches New Business to Digitalize U.S. Rail Industry

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Siemens has launched Digital Rail Services in the U.S., a new business that will use intelligent sensors and advanced software platforms to put intelligence behind billions of data points created on the country’s rail systems. This insight will help rail operators across the U.S. improve their operations and create an "Internet of Trains" to bring infrastructure and vehicles into the digital era. Powered by software tools, the Digital Service business will help rail operators reduce unplanned downtime, improve operational efficiency, enable improved business planning and performance, as well as generate energy and cost savings.

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