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Rail supplier news from GE, Pentair, RATP, Werner and Dewberry (Oct. 25)


GE Transportation yesterday introduced its EdgeLINC™ software for device management and streaming analytics. The software streamlines the collection of "edge-level" sensor data and enables faster aggregation and integration into other cloud and enterprise systems, company officials said in a press release. Compatible with GE's GoLINC platform and third-party devices, the software enables users to control configuration, telemetry and alerts. An undisclosed North American Class I has deployed EdgeLINC on more than 1,000 locomotives.

Pentair plc is launching an electrical company known as nVent Electric plc. Pentair will split into two independent, publicly traded companies. One will handle Pentair's electrical business, while the other will oversee the water business. The separation is slated to be completed by second-quarter 2018, Pentair officials said in a press release. Meanwhile, Beth Wozniak was named chief executive officer of nVent, while Stacy McMahan was appointed chief financial officer.

RATP Dev North America subsidiaries McDonald Transit and RDMT will operate under the RATP Dev corporate name. The rebranding is aimed at simplifying client interactions by connecting them more directly to the North American parent company, RATP officials said in a press release. In 2009, RATP acquired McDonald Transit Associates, which now has more than 3,600 employees. RMDT, which is a partnership between McDonald Transit and RATP Dev North America, operates streetcars in Washington, D.C., and Tucson, Arizona.

Transportation and logistics provider Werner Enterprises has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "SmartWay Excellence Award." The honor is the EPA's highest recognition for demonstrated leadership in freight supply chain energy and environmental performance, Werner officials said in a press release. Since 2007, the company has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 2.2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and conserved more than 203 million gallons of fuel. Werner's portfolio includes truck brokerage, freight management, intermodal, international and final-mile services.

Dewberry has hired Andrea Baker as a rail project engineer in its Long Beach, California. Baker has more than 14 years of experience as a civil engineer, with a focus on transit and rail projects. She has expertise in the site assessment, design, coordination and construction of light- and heavy-rail systems. At Dewberry, Baker will be responsible for track design and business development to support the firm's rail and port capabilities.

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