GE has partnered with Iders for the past five years utilising GoLinc, an onboard processing, storage, networking and communications platform which the company says essentially turns a locomotive into a mobile data centre. The system is already installed on 8500 locomotives around the world, and the platform enables GE - and others - to write applications that will help a train, and the entire system, to perform more effectively.

GE says following the acquisition its customers will have access to a more extensive portfolio of cost-competitive digital solutions. GE will also inherit continuing product development projects aimed at improving productivity and other customer outcomes.

“This acquisition puts GE in the driver’s seat, allowing for faster innovation and scale, digital break-throughs, and future enhancements by in-house talent,” says Ms Jamie Miller, president and CEO of GE Transportation.