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Updates from Summation Research, IBM, Bombardier and Knichel Logistics


• Summation Research Inc. recently reached a multi-year agreement to supply VHF and UHF data radios to GE Transportation for use with GE's LOCOTROL® locomotive distributed power control systems and other rail applications. Under the agreement, Summation Research will supply STR-1800 Multi-Mode Data Radios, which are designed to provide increased performance and functionality for use in legacy 25 kHz and newer 12.5 kHz and 6.25 kHz channels, according to a prepared statement.

• Konkan Railways won a 2009 The Great Mind Challenge for Business award for Information Management from IBM. The award recognizes “innovative solutions that deploy an information infrastructure” using IBM Information Management products to enable organizations to “deliver relevant and trusted information in real time to [their] employees, customers and partners, and become an on-demand business,” according to a prepared statement. Konkan Railway is using IBM Informix Dynamic Server to help manage, analyze and maintain train running information, schedules and reduce passenger delays.

• The first of two Bombardier Transportation FLEXITY trams rolled onto Vancouver’s Olympic Line yesterday, completing a 10,400-mile sea voyage from Germany’s Port of Bremerhaven. The FLEXITY trams will provide free passenger service between the Olympic and Paralympic Village and Granville Island during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. From Jan. 21 through March 21, Bombardier will operate the FLEXITY vehicles seven days a week, 18 hours per day on the 1.1-mile Olympic Line.

• Knichel Logistics named Shawn Darlington business development manager of national accounts. Darlington has more than 14 years of experience in the logistics industry, most recently in a sales management and account role for a multi-million dollar intermodal, truckload and reefer transportation company.

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