GE Transportation Signs an Agreement with Aurizon to Provide and Implement a Next-Generation Rail Network Planning and

  GE Transportation Signs an Agreement with Aurizon to Provide and Implement a
  Next-Generation Rail Network Planning and Optimization Solution

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- May 07, 2013

GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYSE:GE), and one of the world’s leading
suppliers to the railroad, transit, and mining industries, through its
Optimization Solutions business announced today that Aurizon, Australia’s
largest freight rail company, has signed an agreement to implement an
integrated rail network planning and optimization solution. GE’s Movement
Planner system and SolveIT Software’s applications will optimize network train
traffic for Aurizon’s complex Australian network.

GE Transportation’s Movement Planner system is a breakthrough software
solution that improves railroad operations and overall utilization of existing
infrastructure and resources. Integrating real-time planning with traffic
management, and visibility to the entire network, the system produces an
optimized plan that helps to move trains faster and more efficiently.

SolveIT Software’s Advanced Planning and Scheduling, and Supply Chain Network
Optimization systems will generate optimized long and medium term plans, and
short term schedules, including Day-of-Operations output in an integrated
enterprise decision support application. GE’s Movement Planner system will
execute SolveIT’s schedule and ensure that any deviations or disruptions are
handled effectively, recovering the enterprise train schedule back to maximum

In addition to GE and SolveIT, Aitch, a business improvement and change
management consultancy, has been brought in to help ensure successful process
innovation and user adoption.

The comprehensive solution set was chosen for its ability to:

• Embed Aurizon’s business rules into the software’s programming

• Deliver real-time train optimization through interactive graphs

• Automate dispatching with conflict detection and resolution

• Provide immediate visibility of plan versus actual performance, through
up-to-the-minute performance dashboards

• Access real-time performance feedback, offering immediate ability for

• Offer predictive modeling and supply & demand optimization

“The Movement Planner system is a powerful tool that gives Aurizon the ability
to maximize their rail network capacity and supports complex routing decisions
in the Day of Operations that focus on returning to plan,” said Peter Thomas,
General Manager, Optimization Solutions. “The success of the Movement Planner
system in the U.S. freight rail market revealed that our solution is both
scalable and effective at optimizing network operations. Combined with SolveIT
and Aitch’s excellent tools and expertise, the team will deliver a complete
planning solution to help Aurizon meet its future market demand.”

About Aurizon

Aurizon is Australia's largest rail freight company with services operating
across five states. In 2011/12, Aurizon transported more than 250 million tons
of freight, including coal, iron ore, other minerals, agricultural products
and general freight. The company also operates and manages the 2,670 kilometer
Central Queensland Coal Network that links mines to coal ports at Bowen,
Mackay and Gladstone. Previously known as QR National, Aurizon has more than
147 years of rail freight industry experience.

About SolveIT Software

SolveIT Software Pty Ltd is an Australian company acquired by Schneider
Electric in August 2012 and specialises in supply & demand optimization and
predictive modelling. Founded upon the leading research of several
world-renowned computer scientists and research organisations, we offer
enterprise software for advanced planning & scheduling, supply chain network
optimization, demand planning & forecasting, and predictive modelling. Our
software applications are based on proprietary platforms for advanced
optimization, prediction, and what-if analysis, and can optimize production
and supply chain activities on both a local (plant) and global (network)
level. Customers include Rio Tinto, Xstrata, Visy Industries, Incitec Pivot,
ElectraNet, Foster's Group, BHP Billiton, BMA Coal, and Pacific National Coal.

For more information about SolveIT Software, please visit

About Optimization Solutions

Optimization Solutions is a leading provider of transportation management
software and analytics to the railroad industry. GE Transportation’s
Optimization Solutions Software as a Service (SaaS) and licensed solutions are
used to manage rail and intermodal operations, signal and communication
assets, railcar repair billing and inventory, and multi-modal visibility,
planning, and execution for industrial shippers and logistics service
providers. For more information please visit

About GE Transportation

GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), solves the world’s toughest
transportation challenges. GE Transportation builds equipment that moves the
rail, mining and marine industries. Our fuel-efficient and lower-emissions
freight and passenger locomotives, diesel engines for rail, marine and
stationary power applications, signaling and software solutions, drive systems
for mining trucks, and value-added services help customers grow. GE
Transportation is headquartered in Chicago, IL., and employs approximately
13,000 employees worldwide.

For more information visit the company's website at


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