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Navis buys freight railroads software provider

Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation, has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Biarri Rail, a global provider of planning and scheduling optimization software for freight railroads.

Navis says the acquisition of Biarri Rail, combined with Navis’ N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS) for intermodal operations, will support the company’s expansion into inland solutions, providing freight operators around the world with planning software designed to improve the quality and efficiency of rail operations, including train services, locomotives, yards, railcars, crews and train paths.

Melbourne-based Biarri Rail offers a suite of integrated service design and operational tools for freight railways, enabling them to better manage the complexities associated with railway planning and improve the utilization of assets for better service delivery, while substantially reduced operating costs, according to Navis.

Following Navis’ recent acquisition of Jade Logistics Master Terminal for mixed cargo terminals, the addition of Biarri Rail’s SaaS platform allows Navis to continue its growth across the global cargo supply chain.

“At Navis, we are excited to now be able to complement our market leading port-based TOS solutions with truly first-class offerings for rail freight globally. Rail freight companies are investing in new digital initiatives in planning in order to increase efficiency and the return on investment of their supply chain assets,” said Benoit de la Tour, President, Navis.

“As railroads adopt various monitoring and assessment tools to better track and manage the more than 1.6 million rail cars and 40,000 locomotives, it is important that technology keep pace to manage the data with efficient operational processes, tools and support systems,” said Tom Forbes, CEO, Biarri Rail.

Following the acquisition, the Biarri Rail team will continue to operate out of its Melbourne, Australia and Chicago, USA offices under the direction of Forbes.

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