CARY, NC, July 20, 2010 (James Street Media Services)—Railinc today announced that its RailSight(TM) CLM (Car Location Message) engine for real-time track and trace of freight rail equipment and rail shipments now offers historical trace capabilities for multi-year analysis. The service also now integrates with web services and SAP® supply chain software for seamless connections to rail fleet and rail event data. RailSight users include rail equipment owners, shippers, third-party logistics companies (3PLs), and transportation management software (TMS) serving the freight rail industry. 

    Details of the RailSight application, including features, functions and technical requirements, are available on the product website at www.railinc.com/railsightinfo. 


    New Historical Trace Capability Expands Visibility into Rail Event Data 

    This RailSight release includes a new historical trace capability that enables rail equipment owners, shippers, third-party logistics managers, and transportation management software (TMS) partners to see more of their critical business information. The fee-based service expands visibility for Railinc customers up to four-and-a-half years into past rail-event data. The result is that RailSight customers have access to information critical for financial audits, interstate tax calculations, determining rail car liability and more.

    “To really understand fleet and logistics performance, you need to refresh and update your data continually,” said Chuck Hieronymi, Railinc director of product marketing. “Railinc’s historical trace service gives managers key insights into trends and their business over time, reflecting the impact of their daily business decisions.”

    RailSight Integrates with Web Services and SAP
    RailSight customers are now able to use Web Services for immediate access to their rail fleet and rail event data in RailSight with no special configurations. With bi-directional integration, RailSight customers can now talk directly to the RailSight CLM engine, requesting car location inquiries (CLI) and other event data from their in-house applications. RailSight also now integrates successfully with SAP® Railcar Management and Supply Chain Management applications, lowering costs and reducing the time to achieve optimal integration through one common platform. 

    The new integration options reduce the IT burden on rail equipment owners, shippers, third-party logistics managers, and transportation management software (TMS) partners, saving these RailSight customers time and money previously spent creating and maintaining custom integration code. 

    The RailSight CLM track and trace engine is the most comprehensive, real-time, single-source, rail shipment and equipment management data product in the industry. The system delivers more than 7.5 million rail events each day from more than 550 Class I, II and III railroads and shops across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Over the last 10 years, RailSight has delivered fully-integrated railcar location message data for the leading TMS applications used in the rail logistics industry. The Railinc Umler(TM) system, redesigned in 2009, is the rail industry’s official registry for rail equipment information, established more than 40 years ago.



    For more information about the RailSight application and to view a demo, please visit www.railinc.com/railsightinfo.  

    About Railinc
    Railinc is the railroad industry’s innovative and reliable resource for IT and information services. The company deploys data that helps railroads, rail equipment owners and other industry participants manage their businesses more effectively and efficiently. Railinc is the largest, single source of real-time, accurate interline rail data for the North American railroad system. Located in Cary, N.C., Railinc is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads. For more information, please visit www.railinc.com.

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