KiwiRail signs up IBM for NZ$3m

KiwiRail signs up IBM for NZ$3m

Summary: IBM has announced that it has partnered with NZ companies Certus Solutions and Cortell to provide KiwiRail with asset management and business analytics software and services as part of a NZ$3 million partnership with the New Zealand transport company.

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IBM has announced that it has partnered with NZ companies Certus Solutions and Cortell to provide KiwiRail with asset management and business analytics software and services as part of a NZ$3 million partnership with the New Zealand transport company.

IBM's Maximo asset management and Cognos business analytics software will be used to provide KiwiRail employees with information on the condition of the 4000 kilometres of railway track, signalling, bridges and rail equipment across New Zealand.

KiwiRail's maintenance crews will use the software to view information about job plans, work-order tracking and service requests on the rail's network.

"Our rail network needs to be updated with 21st century technology to create a more economically vibrant transport system for New Zealand," Rick van Barneveld, KiwiRail Network general manager said in a statement. "Advanced business analytics will provide proactive, accurate analysis and reporting of network assets in real time to help us manage our resources efficiently."

"IBM's software and services will help KiwiRail improve how it manages the assets which make up its rail network, to improve the speed, safety and reliability of its rail service," IBM New Zealand's general manager sales Phill Patton said.

(Front page image credit: New Zealand map image by Marcus Holland-Moritz, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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