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Union Pacific Delivers Internet Of Things Reality Check
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Andrew Hornback
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Andrew Hornback,
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8/9/2012 | 1:53:20 AM
re: Union Pacific Delivers Internet Of Things Reality Check
I love these kinds of stories - taking technology that we work with on a daily basis and doing something "real" with them.

As to the UP issue with battery-powered sensors, aren't the locomotives that they use diesel/electric? You basically have a small power plant up front pulling everything along, why not find a way to use that to power your sensors? Aren't all railcars connected pneumatically to allow for brake control? Seems like it wouldn't take much to plumb another connector along side the brake hoses to allow for electrical distribution.

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mcrowley018
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8/14/2012 | 4:44:17 PM
re: Union Pacific Delivers Internet Of Things Reality Check
Fascinating, great article! I had no idea of the level of IT integration in this industry. Maybe this points towards a renaissance of the Industrial sector in the U.S?
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8/17/2012 | 6:59:41 PM
re: Union Pacific Delivers Internet Of Things Reality Check
Excellent article. I have been reading the magazine for several years but have rarely seen an article that went into the technical challenges an IT organization faces from the user's point of view as deeply as your article did. You must have spent a lot of hours interviewing UP CIO Tennison and his team.

This is also a good PR for Union Pacific. It makes UP a sexy place to work for young technically-minded people. Maybe more and more of them will be interested in "Internet of Things."


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