IBM is working the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). LIRR will use IBM software to manage and maintain approximately 1,180 rail cars, locomotives, and associated components. The goal: improve operations and passenger safety. As part of a project, expected to be completed in 2012, IBM will assist the LIRR in expanding its asset management system to include facilities, bridges, tunnels, and linear assets such as rails.
The Long Island Rail Road is North America’s busiest commuter railroad serving more than 300,000 passengers riding more than 700 miles of track every day. The LIRR plans to use IBM Maximo software to integrate with on-board systems to monitor and diagnose defects, like improper brake pressure or a malfunctioning train door, and issue work orders. The software also helps the LIRR maintain critical components, like traction motors, by replacing them periodically based on life expectancy. LIRR already uses IBM Maximo software to maintain the shop equipment used to repair and overhaul rail car components.
Here's the LIRR website. I recently blogged about some of IBM's other rail work, including their participantion in a major high speed rail consortium in China. China's plans call for that country to have the most miles of high speed railroad on the planet.