Intel and GE have joined forces to create a “superbrain” platform to turn trains into mobile data headquarters in order to make them smarter and faster.
The two firms have created as platform based on GE’s GoLINC system which mixes network, communication and application management with a 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor to create what the companies are branding a mobile data centre.
While GE said that it’s GoLINC systems is currently used in 6,000 locomotives, the new platform offers a Predix, GE’s cloud-based operating system for the industrial Internet, based system with the power to deliver better data management and video analytics on the locomotive.
GE’s president and CEO Jamie Miller, explained that having the platform bypassed the need for data to be piped to and from locomotives via cellular connections.
“It enables operators to transfer data, host applications and interface with third-party systems, and can boost operational productivity,” he said.
“This platform enhancement to the GoLINC mobile data centre saves time and lowers costs by reducing the amount of data transferred over cellular connections, and will enable the rail industry to perform at its best,” noted Val Stoyanov, Intel’s general manager at its Global Transportation division.
Having access to all this data has been championed by GE and Intel as a way for trains to better manage their horsepower and the amount of harmful emissions they give off, as well as improve their operational efficiency.
While it is an alternative take on the Internet of Things (IoT), the partnership shows how connected technology and data use can be applied in traditional and heavy duty industries, as well as more high-tech ones, and reap the benefits.
Motorola Solutions’ CTO for example sees major potential for connected devices to improve public safety in cities even if they lack smart city credentials.
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