Intelligent Logistics

GE's New Brain for Trains

Digitalization offers hope for a locomtovie sector suffering from falling demand.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Smarter rail systems mean significantly cheaper logistics.

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    • GE has committed $500 million to digital technology and by 2020 that figure will have doubled.
    • So far GE has fitted more than 6,000 locomotives with its GoLINC platform, and says it’s delivered efficiencies of around 10 percent.
    • Individual rail operators will one day be able to write their own apps into GoLINC.
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Jamie Miller, chief executive of GE Transportation, is one of very few senior women in the rail and traffic technology sector. For the launch of the Inno Trans traffic technology expo, which starts in Berlin on Tuesday, the 48-year-old is traveling from the United States to personally recruit new customers.

That’s no easy task in a tough sector, and it’s reason enough for Ms. Miller to make eye-to-eye contact with customers outside the United States. After all, 70 percent of the division’s $5.9 billion turnover comes from overseas customers.

“There are logistics problems all over the world,” Ms. Miller told the Handelsblatt. In North America a great many train models have come on the market in the last few years. At the same time, demand has fallen because of weakening commodities prices.

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