Success story

Herzog Technologies uses the cloud to keep railroads
on track

Herzog

Fast facts

Industry: Logistics and transportation
Region: North America
Location: St. Joseph, Missouri

The Red Hat environment scales easily and minimizes the footprint Herzog needs to host many customers in its datacenters. This way, Herzog can offer greater value while also accelerating deployment of PTC technology nationwide.

Travis Rollings, Director of Office Systems, Herzog Technologies

About the Company

Herzog Technologies, a leader in the rail signal and communications industry, developed a cloud solution that helps railroads implement positive train control (PTC) technology, a safety system mandated by Congress that automatically stops trains before certain types of accidents occur. As a result, Herzog has helped railroads of all sizes adopt PTC technology quickly and cost-effectively, helping make rail transportation safer and more efficient.

The path to success

Challenge: Help railroads adopt PTC system

When Congress mandated the nationwide implementation of the PTC communications system after a deadly crash in 2008, the benefits were clear: a safer rail industry and better reliability, capacity, and maintenance. However, implementing the technology proved difficult, particularly for smaller railways. “A lot of railroads don’t have the staff, the expertise, and, most important, the money to implement the same kind of system as larger Class 1 railroads,” said Travis Rollings, director of office systems at Herzog Technologies.

Case study

Herzog Technologies keeps railroads on track with Red Hat

Solution: Build a scalable, automated cloud solution

Herzog used Red Hat® technology and services to build its new PTC solution on a private cloud, allowing smaller railroads to implement the system quickly and at a much lower cost. The private cloud also lets Herzog efficiently release software updates to customers. “The Red Hat environment scales easily and minimizes the footprint Herzog needs to host many customers in its datacenters,” said Rollings. “This way, Herzog can offer greater value while also accelerating deployment of PTC technology nationwide.”

Results: Create a safer railway future

Herzog’s hosted PTC solution was the first to market, establishing the company as an industry leader. For Herzog, the transition to a hosted cloud model brings higher efficiency, improved costs, and a new revenue stream. For customers, Herzog’s solution delivers faster system deployment and more efficient performance. The biggest benefit for everyone? A safer railroad industry. “We know that PTC is complicated, and we’re happy to partner with both freight and commuter clients to reduce the burden on our customers,” said Brad Lager, president of Herzog Technologies. “We are in this for the long haul.”

Without Red Hat, launching this solution would have been a far more complex undertaking, and we would not have been able to onboard new customers as quickly.

Travis Rollings, Director of Office Systems, Herzog Technologies