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Keolis: Technologies to improve commuter-rail operations

Keolis earlier this month demonstrated a number of new transit technologies at the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) EXPO show, which ran Oct. 9-11 in Atlanta.

Among the demonstrations, Keolis showed how it has introduced new applications and technologies to digitize the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's commuter-rail system.

Keolis Commuter Services Vice President of Digital Solutions Ric Salvatici illustrated the use of video analytics, Internet of Things-related technology, and data and mobile platforms to improve operations.

In addition, Keolis Commuter Services Chief Operating Officer Pascal Baran showed how the company is using drones to reduce the impact of slippery rail conditions on Boston's commuter-rail system.

Drones also are helping to improve predictive maintenance and provide faster response times when repairs are needed on the network, Keolis officials said.