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Modular Mining Systems, the market share leader in providing powerful information management solutions to mining operations worldwide, has been issued a U.S. Patent for its "Integrated Railroad System", the core technology within its SmarTrain™ Rail Management System.
This patented railroad traffic control system links each locomotive to a control center for communicating data and control signals. Using on-board computers, GPS and two-way communication hardware, rolling stock continuously communicates position, vital signs data, and other information into a comprehensive computerized control system and database. The database includes train schedules for real-time display on train monitors. The current position of each train is compared to its planned schedule online to provide immediate information to the dispatcher to determine whether corrective action is necessary. When a train's deviation from its planned schedule exceeds a predetermined parameter, the system automatically calculates alternative schedules for all trains in the system according to preselected operational constraints to minimize the effect of the deviation.
"By providing comprehensive management of train systems within a centralized computer network, significant operational improvements to rail operations, such as increase in tonnage transported and reduction in the transportation cycle of the cars, have been achieved," noted Les Zoschke, VP of Product Development for Modular.
The invention stems from Modular's 25 years of experience in managing real-time device information (dispatching) in the mining industry. The specific patented technologies have been field proven at customer installations for over 2 years. Additionally Modular was awarded "Best IT Creator in 2003" for its work on the SmarTrain™ system by Revista Ferroviaria, the largest and most prestigious railroad magazine in Brazil.
"We are pleased with the further recognition and protection afforded by this patent, which reflects pioneering innovation merged with state-of-the-art dispatching and train control systems," said James Wm. White, Chairman and COO of Modular Mining Systems. "We expect that this new patent protection will strengthen Modular's competitive position in the marketplace."
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