Monday, July 20, 2009

Commonwealth Railroad to add TWC capabilities

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Commonwealth Railway in Virginia will be incorporating RailComm’s Track Warrant Control functionality into its existing Domain Operations Controller System (DOC®). Commonwealth Railway has dispatched trains within CTC territory by accessing RailComm’s web-enabled Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model. RailComm’s SaaS offering provides a “pay-as-you-go” model, thus eliminating capital equipment procurement constraints. Through this state-of-the-art SaaS delivery model, the Commonwealth Railway is remotely dispatched by Genesee and Wyoming’s Portland & Western Railroad located in Oregon. With the addition of the Track Warrant Control module, Commonwealth Railway will be able to seamlessly dispatch both its CTC and its dark territory from the same control desk.

The DOC® SaaS provides built-in disaster recovery capability. Because the application is accessed over the internet, in the case of evacuation of the dispatch building, the dispatcher’s can be re-located to any internet connected location to continue moving trains. Additionally, since the DOC® control application resides on servers within RailComm’s managed data center in Rochester, NY, the requirement for local IT support at each railroad is greatly reduced. These are just some of the features that are contributing to the rapid growth and success of RailComm’s SaaS delivery model.
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