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6 Important Rail Industry Innovation Ideas for 2020 

In Q1 of 2019, rail passenger journeys grew 2.4% compared to the same period in 2018. Passenger revenue and the average length of journey also increased too. Despite the rise in usage, passenger satisfaction was only at 83%. This is good – but it needs to be so much better. Train Operating Companies (TOCs) need to improve and modernise the quality of their services if they’re to keep up with passenger demands. Here are six rail industry innovation ideas to look out for 2020 that can do just that.

MEDIAWORLD

Remote sensing: could drones and satellites help provide better railway infrastructure monitoring?

Over the last two years, the EU-funded MOMIT project has sought to demonstrate the use of remote sensing technologies – such as drones and satellites – for railway infrastructure monitoring. The ultimate benefit could be the safeguarding against the effects of natural hazards.

MEDIAWORLD

Odakyu Electric trials Nokia’s AI-based scene analytics

Japanese company Odakyu Electric Railway is trailing Nokia’s artificial intelligence (AI)-based SpaceTime scene analytics for railway crossing safety.

Stadler News

Passengers ride on ATO (Automatic Train Operation) train in Groningen, Netherlands for the first time

Stadler, together with ProRail, the Provincie Groningen and Arriva Netherlands, has opened the doors of an ATO test train to a group of VIPs, taking them on a trip in the Groningen area. This is the first time that passengers in the Netherlands have been on board an ATO train which can accelerate and brake automatically. To guarantee the train’s safety, it operates under a train protection system and the supervision of a driver

Eiffage News

Eiffage wins a fifth contract on the Oldenburg-Wilhelmshaven railway line in Germany

Eiffage, through its German subsidiary Eiffage Infra-Bau, has been awarded by Deutsche Bahn the last contract for renovating the Oldenburg-Wilhelmshaven railway line in Lower Saxony, Germany. The contract, realized through a consortium led by Eiffage, covers a 10-kilometre section between Oldenburg and Rastede. Eiffage will be handling almost €117 million of the total €151 million of planned works.

ALSTOM News

Alstom signs first contract for battery-electric regional trains in Germany

Alstom will manufacture, deliver and maintain until 2032 eleven Coradia Continental battery-electric trains for regional traffic on the Leipzig-Chemnitz route on behalf of VMS (Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen) and with the support of ZVNL (Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig), the two authorities responsible for this line. The contract is worth approximately €100 million.

Eiffage News

Eiffage wins a fifth contract on the Oldenburg-Wilhelmshaven railway line in Germany

Eiffage, through its German subsidiary Eiffage Infra-Bau, has been awarded by Deutsche Bahn the last contract for renovating the Oldenburg-Wilhelmshaven railway line in Lower Saxony, Germany. The contract, realized through a consortium led by Eiffage, covers a 10-kilometre section between Oldenburg and Rastede. Eiffage will be handling almost €117 million of the total €151 million of planned works.

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