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Farmrail crews to use handheld AEI readers for event reporting

RMI and Industrial Networks (INet) recently implemented handheld Automatic Equipment Identification (AEI) readers for Farmrail System Inc., which operates two short lines in Oklahoma.

Using INet’s RAILTRAC® Mobile™ portable AEI device and RMI’s RailConnect® Transportation Management System, Farmrail crews will use the readers to record rail-car movement events in the field in near real-time.

“The railroad industry has set new standards for the timeliness in reporting car movement events to a level where most critical events now need to be reported within six hours,” said Judy Petry, Farmrail’s controller and chairman of an American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association committee that governs event reporting, in a prepared statement. “Because of delays in communicating completed work from the train crews to the clerks, the timeliness of event reporting was sometimes not as fast as we needed it to be. By equipping our crews with the [readers], we have eliminated these delays.”

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