New rail technology being tested in Canada

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CALGARY, Alta. — Canadian Pacific Railway is testing new technology that developers say will help railways compete against trucks and planes in the shipping industry.

ARS Crosslogix, developed by New Hampshire-based ARS Networks, tracks trains and submits information about them via wireless networks. That information can then be accessed online, say rail officials.

The Crosslogix system will also trigger crossing arms, bells and flashing lights at rail crossings, when sensors under the track detect an approaching train.

ARS president, Sydney Harland, says the system can help railways become “the cheapest, most efficient freight shippers in North America.”

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