Optiswitch is the only platform available that can fully digitize and optimize yard planning operations. No more cutting lists.
Today yard managers spent significant effort to manage traffic. Day to day, this means going car by car through paper switchlists. With Optiswitch, yard managers focus on managing. The lists cut themselves.
Optiswitch has an AI core that knows how to switch cars, seeing many hours into the future to eliminate touches when possible. Honed from feedback from conductors and yardmasters, Optiswitch has been taught to think like a veteran. Yard managers "set it and forget it" and let the lists cut themselves.
Optiswitch seamlessly integrates with a railroad's existing inventory management system or handheld crew device. Additionally, it can be paired with Cedar's Automated Rail Management System (ARMS) to further automate inventory and rail-yard management.
For daily, operational use, Optiswitch outperforms current, manual procedures by 20-40%, with ample room for further improvement.
Generate cutlists with simple, step-by-step instructions for classifying a yard.
Increase the sophistication of a switching plan at no incremental labor cost—build multiple trains at once, or leave the yard in a better state for future work as you build your highest-priority trains.
Increase the reliability of yard performance with plans that factor in the time associated with each move, the current state of the yard's inventory, and the specific crew staffed on a particular shift.
Evaluate capex and opex investments—including grade adjustments, track extensions or additions, locomotive purchases, etc. Load-balance work across the network when enabled across multiple, connected yards
Serves as a single source of truth as users move, load, unload, and manipulate cars.
Provides electronic data interchange (EDI) functionality for communicating with connecting railroads.
Automates the handling of inbound traffic and billing of a railroad's customers through the use of AI-powered workflows.
Provides a railroad's customers with a powerful shipper portal to order in cars and provision other railroad services.
Extends beyond inventory management to integrate with other Cedar systems, including our OptiSwitch yard classification system.
Objective and train management
Objectives and trains can be pre-configured and scheduled, but can also be easily created on the fly with intuitive UI before or during a shift.
Integrates well with existing block systems. Uncovers blind spots in local/industry block management
Our algorithm provides optimal block-to-track assignment dynamically based on each yard's situation but still allows yardmasters to easily overwrite them as they see fit
Switch list & cut list generation
Yard managers focus on managing. The lists cut themselves.
Switching effort predictions
Produces a live stream of metrics to provide insights of how much work is being done and how much future work is coming to the yard.
Switching constraint customization
Lead length constraints, locomotive friction curve, distance-to-couple, and other constraints are all considered to produce the most optimal switch plan.
Yards can be forked and run simulations, from switching details to infrastructure planning.
No assumption is made on how a yard is operated; All knobs and levers are provided to operate a yard differently than another
Safety Rule Compliance
Our algorithms comply with position-in-train rules from FRA, AAR, and Class Is, such as hazard buffers and rear-riders.
If you are a railroad operator looking for new technology options, we want to talk to you. Please reach out today to get a demo and see how we can help.