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2/13/2002



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CPR taps consultant to tailor NS' software to its own operations



To increase operating efficiency and reduce costs, Canadian Pacific Railway recently purchased Norfolk Southern Corp.'s Thoroughbred Yard Enterprise System (TYES) operational software, which is designed to help manage rail-car moves in and around yards and terminals.
Needing to adapt TYES to its own operating environment and business needs, CPR Feb. 12 created a 10-year partnership with DMR Consulting to help the Class I adapt, implement and operate the software.
The $20 million partnership pact includes software-development and
outsourcing contracts, which include future application enhancements.
NS' TYES software system relies on a network of sensors, placed along both sides of a track near classification yards' and terminals' entrances and exits, that scan passing cars' identification tags to obtain a car's number and type, and waybill information. TYES also records a car's speed and direction.
Field personnel use the data derived from the software to place and pull cars when building trains. The information also is sent to a central-transportation database, along with other critical shipment data.


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