Railinc Corporation is honored to announce that it has been named a recipient of IDG’s CIO 100 award. The 32nd annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.

“Across the business landscape, companies everywhere recognize the vital role that an innovative, value-driven approach to information technology plays in their success,” IDG’s Executive Director of CIO Programs Maryfran Johnson said. “This year’s CIO 100 winning companies are inspiring examples of how IT leadership, business collaboration and digital transformation will drive future growth.”

Railinc was selected through a three-step process from a pool of more than 400 applicants for its work on the Chicago Territory Expansion project, highlighted in the written application. Using Clear Path™ technology, Railinc provides visibility to rail activity across the Chicago Terminal, the nation's busiest freight rail hub, by way of a multi-layered geographic map of the entire terminal, featuring train locations, tracks, yards, corridors, control points and more. In 2018, Railinc introduced a new “Dispatch View” layer to the Clear Path Map™, which merges traditional train dispatching “schematic” with GIS technology to increase velocity, reduce cost and maximize asset utilization. Through “Dispatch View,” train location and status are now available down the precise position on the track that it is occupying, as well as the related track, switch and signal information and train routing authority for each train. 

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“I am humbled to receive this recognition and am honored to lead our talented technology teams and leverage our applicable technology advancements to continue to create valuable solutions,” Railinc CIO Joan Smemoe said. “Rail is a fascinating industry for IT; making sense of big data from IoT sensors, conducting predictive analytics and computing route optimizations are just a few examples of the challenging but interesting obstacles we tackle. The Chicago expansion effort was a good example of how technology, innovation, dedication and perseverance allowed us to realize a tremendous vision. Congratulations to all of our internal and external partners involved.”

Executives from the winning companies will be recognized at The CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony, to be held Wednesday, August 21, at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Coverage of the 2019 CIO 100 Awards will be available online at CIO.com in August and in the summer issue of CIO’s digital magazine.

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