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Sydney Metro: Record-breaking project in Australia

Sydney Metro: Record-breaking project in Australia

August 2021 -

Australia’s first metro network is developing in Sydney. The first line of the “Sydney Metro” went into operation only about two years ago, but work is already underway on an extension through the city centre. In total, more than 30 kilometres of double tunnels have already been constructed for this project.

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Integrated mobility solutions for public transport

August 2021 -

On-demand, emission-free public transit systems – that is the vision of Chris Snyder, CEO Europe of Via Transportation. Via’s goal is to develop transit systems into powerful digital networks.

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DC/DC converter in compact design: one for all

August 2021 -

The HFBC60-W/Ks for chassis installation offers an ultra-wide input voltage range from 14.4 volts DC to 154 volts DC with a power rating of 60 watts. This means that the DC/DC converter covers all international on-board voltages for rail vehicles (24 volts, 36 volts, 72 volts, 96 volts and 110 volts), including the tolerance range of +/- 40 percent required by EN 50155, with just one device. Companies operating throughout Europe can thus cost-effectively carry out the qualification of assemblies by using a single converter.

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Project: Standards for hydrogen applications

July 2021 -

The German Centre for Rail Traffic Research at the Federal Railway Authority has awarded a new development contract: TÜV Rheinland InterTraffic GmbH is to develop a standard for hydrogen applications in rail vehicles.

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Health protection in local transport

July 2021 -

Protecting passengers from viruses and bacteria has become increasingly important in local transport. For transport companies, this is also a question of manpower resources and increases in costs, not least because the number of passengers has been falling since the beginning of the Corona pandemic.

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Rail transport as the backbone of mobility

Rail transport as the backbone of mobility

July 2021 -

How can cutting-edge mobility be reconciled with EU climate targets? That is the question the latest episode of the InnoTrans Podcast will address in conversation with Prof. Dr. Siefkes of the German Aerospace Center.

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Safe display systems for ECx

July 2021 -

Centralp, a French specialist in embedded systems, is supplying its K-Vision DMI (Driver Machine Interface) to the Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo. It is intended for use in the new ECx for Deutsche Bahn AG (DB).

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For tomorrow’s signalling systems

July 2021 -

At InnoTrans 2022, the Zagreb, Croatia-based company ALTPRO d.o.o. will present its new solutions in the fields of train detection and INDUSI-based train protection systems. With this, ALTPRO aims at strengthening its name in the industry.

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Amtrak's hope

Amtrak's hope

June 2021 -

On 20 January 2021, the 46th President of the United States of America was sworn in: Joseph (Joe) Robinette Biden, Jr – also known as Amtrak Joe.

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Alberto Mazzola is Executive Director of the CER

Alberto Mazzola is Executive Director of the CER

June 2021 -

The year 2021 has started for the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) with the arrival of the new Executive Director Alberto Mazzola, who was unanimously elected by the CER General Assembly already in September 2020. He joined Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) in 2002, where he held various positions.

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From diesel to hydrogen – new InnoTrans Podcast episode with Cummins

From diesel to hydrogen – new InnoTrans Podcast episode with Cummins

June 2021 -

How can alternative drives help to reduce emissions? How important will diesel technology still be in the future? In the latest episode of the InnoTrans Podcast, due to air on 8 June, Regina Barringer, general manager of Cummins, a US exhibitor at InnoTrans, will take a look at the future of mobility.

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The InnoTrans Virtual Market Place – fully covering the market for mobility

The InnoTrans Virtual Market Place – fully covering the market for mobility

May 2021 -

A global digital market place which brings together interested parties, buyers and sellers in one place

In March 2020, the business world was suddenly supposed to be digitised very quickly. Within a very short time, numerous new platforms sprouted from the ground and tried to convince the industry and business world that they were suitable virtual trading places. With the Virtual Market Place® (VMP), InnoTrans had brought such an interactive, virtual market platform into digital life as early as 2002.

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Fehmarn Belt: Under-Sea Tunnel Construction

Fehmarn Belt: Under-Sea Tunnel Construction

May 2021 - Construction on this large project has begun: The Fehmarn Belt tunnel aims to close a gap in the Northern European rail network and will shorten the connection between the major cities of Hamburg and Copenhagen. The civil engineering work under the Baltic Sea will be the largest of its kind in the world.

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New: The Messe Berlin Studio – an exclusive service for exhibitors at InnoTrans 2022

New: The Messe Berlin Studio – exclusive offer for InnoTrans exhibitors

May 2021 - Whether for press conferences, webinars or discussion rounds – with the Messe Berlin STUDIO Messe Berlin is expanding its services and offering an ideal platform for virtual events. Starting now, anyone can book a fully equipped studio for livestreaming events on the exhibition grounds.

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Multifunctional and compatible

May 2021 - It is technology which drives any successful railway operation and it continues to be at the heart of it. Nowadays, systems and components mostly offer more than just one function; they are often compatible with other systems or applications for the widest possible range of application. In the European Year of Rail, the industry shows that it is prepared for the challenges of the future.

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Podcast Voith

How Voith wants to create more competition with digital automated couplers

May 2021 - .This time, the InnoTrans Podcast is dedicated to a technological innovation that is intended to bring freight transport efficiently and sustainably onto the rails - Digital Automated Couplers (DAC).
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Mobility revolution is a central task

Mobility revolution is a central task

May 2021 - Since 1 October 2020, Eva Kreienkamp has been chairwoman of the board of Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Germany‘s largest public transport operator. Kreienkamp holds a degree in mathematics. Before she was appointed to Berlin, she spent five years at Mainzer Verkehrsgesellschaft, where she held various posts, such as responsibility for the “Mainzer Mobilität 2030” concept and managing director of CityBahn GmbH. For many years Eva Kreienkamp has been committed to more diversity within companies. She is a founding member of the association “FidAR - Frauen in die Aufsichtsräte” (Women into board positions).
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Great international interest – InnoTrans Podcast in serial production by September 2022

Great international interest – InnoTrans Podcast in serial production by September 2022

May 2021 - Since February the InnoTrans Preview has been enriched by a new format: the InnoTrans Podcast combines the latest news directly from the organiser team with global insights into current and future trends in mobility. The monthly podcast offers the InnoTrans community a perfect foretaste of the innovations to be showcased at InnoTrans 2022. The first episode already made it into the Apple Business Podcast Charts in five countries. After the success of the first season, InnoTrans decided to continue the podcast until InnoTrans 2022.
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The master of the tracks

The master of the tracks

April 2021 - A look behind the scenes of the outdoor track and display areas
It is always an absolute highlight of every visit to InnoTrans to see the outdoor track and display areas. On 3,500 running metres of tracks, trade visitors can admire mobility innovations from all over the world throughout each day of the trade fair. But behind this globally unique attraction is someone who is affectionately known in InnoTrans circles as the “railway siding manager” and who also has a private affinity with the beauties on the tracks. For him, it involves a lot of hard work and precise planning. For more than 20 years, railway siding manager Klaus Seipold has been moving the vehicles on the tracks which mean the world.
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Siemens Mobility CEO Peter calls for rapid rethinking for climate-neutral mobility in the InnoTrans podcast

April 2021 - The mobility sector plays a crucial key role in achieving the EU's 2030 climate targets, but what measures are needed to integrate sustainable mobility services quickly and effectively? In the latest episode of the InnoTrans Podcast, Michael Peter, CEO Siemens Mobility, talks about concrete solutions and why mobility concepts are also undergoing socio-cultural change. .

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New exhibition hall hub27: More space for the future of mobility

March 2021 - With the new hub27 exhibition hall, InnoTrans offers more space for the mobility of the future. Read and see here what makes hub27 one of the most promising exhibition halls in Europe.

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Preview goes Podcast: InnoTrans Preview expands

SWISSRAIL presents record-breaking project for climate-friendly mobility and reveals the most beautiful railroad line in the world

March 2021 - On March 9, it starts again. The InnoTrans Podcast solidifies its standing as an international mobility podcast with a true world champion of the rail industry. The guest this time is Michaela Stöckli, Director of the Swiss Railway Industry Association SWISSRAIL. With over one hundred members, SWISSRAIL is an important driving force for the further development of transport policy in the Alpine nation.

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Dr. Möbius

InnoTrans Podcast: Premiere with Dr. Ben Möbius

February 2021 - The first episode of the InnoTrans Podcast had a lot up its sleeve. In addition to presenting the first highlights of InnoTrans 2022, Dr. Ben Möbius, Managing Director of VDB, answered questions about the future of the rail industry. He also answered the question of what the Chief Executive Officer of the German Railway Industry Association would have to tell a time traveler.

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Preview goes Podcast: InnoTrans Preview expands

February 2021 - On February 9, the InnoTrans Podcast will go online at 10 a.m. on all known platforms. The internationally oriented format as part of InnoTrans Preview is aimed at all trade visitors and exhibitors at the world's leading trade fair for transport technology.

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The World Cup of urban transport in Doha

The World Cup of urban transport in Doha

December 2020 - Thales is building a rapid transit system in Qatar that will not only comfortably and seamlessly carry the expected million visitors to the 2022 World Cup, but

that will also massively increase the share of public transport from 0.5 percent today to 21 percent in just a few years.

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Travelling wisely and saving time

Travelling wisely and saving time

November 2020 - Commuters lose a lot of time every day on their way to and from work. The Time Miles bonus system promises to provide a remedy: it rewards flexible, multimodal mobility behaviour and thus helps to disentangle traffic flows.

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Making Mobility Intelligent

Making Mobility Intelligent

November 2020 - The start-up company MOTIONTAG develops software that enables services for seam- less intermodal mobility experiences and disruptive mobility offers. By integrating the software into smartphone apps, real-time data will be generated that enable the assessment of the effective mobility behaviour and depict travel chains of people on the basis of a new type of data collection through an AI assessment of the sensor technology of the smartphone.

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Safe test operations under high voltage

Safe test operations under high voltage

October 2020 - An integral safety concept from Pilz GmbH & Co. KG – from risk assessment to operations with the automation system PSS 4000 – ensures the safety of Bombardier’s rail vehicle test benches in Bruges.

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Cyber security for railways

Cyber security for railways

October 2020 - Increasing digitisation enables smart mobility solutions and significant efficiency gains. However, the other side of the coin is the emergence of new cyber threats. The new Selectron attack detection system TDS (Threat Detection Solution) is designed to effectively counter these dangers and secure railways against cyber attacks in future.

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Tailor-made solutions for demand-controlled transport

Tailor-made solutions for demand-controlled transport

October 2020 - Intelligent shared mobility solutions improve public transport services and increase their acceptance by users. Padam Mobility, founded in 2014 and headquartered in Paris, offers so-called “white label” software tools to operate demand-responsive transport (DRT) services more efficiently with the help of artificial intelligence.

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Rethinking mobility

Rethinking mobility

October 2020 - An intelligently networked, flexible and reliable mix of different alternatives to private cars plays an important role for the future of mobility. After all, no one can achieve a traffic turnaround alone.

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On track to the future

On track to the future

September 2020 - Comment from CAMET

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InnoTrans Digital Convention: Perspectives for the future of mobility

InnoTrans Convention – between ReStart and mobility revolution

September 2020 - Interview with Dr. Heike van Hoorn (Deutsches Verkehrsforum) und Dr. Ben Möbius (Verband der Bahnindustrie in Deutschland)

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InnoTrans starts digital preview for 2021

InnoTrans starts digital preview for 2021

September 2020 - Be part of the world‘s leading trade fair for mobility.

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InnoTrans Digital Convention: Perspectives for the future of mobility

InnoTrans Digital Convention: Perspectives for the future of mobility

September 2020 - On 23 and 24 September, the InnoTrans Digital Convention will offer a lively discourse on the current situation in the mobility industry.

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Eurailpress Career Boost

Discover the future of your company at InnoTrans

July 2020 - Shaping the future of mobility will result exciting challenges for many enterprises. Companies will have to successfully master the change in mobility patterns and will therefore have to rely on innovative impulses from young talents in the industry..

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TCCS Route

TCCS Route

July 2020 - Experience a journey through the diverse and gastronomic world of comfort with the TCCS route.

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The passenger in focus

July 2020 - Travellers want to reach their destination in comfort and without stress and noise. railways can keep up with this. A range of systems and solutions from KnorrBremse are already helping to make train travel more comfortable, quieter and easier.

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All-rounder for rail and road

July 2020 - Road-rail machines can be used both on railway tracks and in road construction. Liebherr’s new ‘A 922 rail Litronic’ two-way excavator that complies with emission level V can be moved quickly thanks to its mobile undercarriage.

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Logistics and maintenance – integrated software solution to optimise processes

July 2020 - A core task of railway undertakings is the safe and timely delivery of goods to their destination. The quality of service is determined by smooth planning and execution of the logistics chain. The availability of locomotives and wagons is a prerequisite for achieving this goal.

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New systems for new standards

July 2020 - Digitisation in public transport is driven by information and communication systems. The standardisation of interfaces and new solutions are promising an easy integration of ‘plug and play’ functionalities.

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Signal for take-off – overwhelming support for the new InnoTrans date

July 2020 - The decision to postpone InnoTrans in order to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic was a difficult one. It is therefore all the more gratifying that this complex and complicated measure was able to offer an adequate alternative to the vast majority of exhibitors.

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Boosting safety

June 2020 - Safety is the first aspect that comes to the mind when thinking about platform screen doors (PSD). There is no doubt that the complete blocking of access to the platform increases passenger safety. But the system, that is essential for automatic train operation, offers a number of other equally attractive advantages.

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Perfect travel gastronomy

June 2020 - Drinking a coffee or eating a warm snack while travelling is part of the journey for many passengers – at least on long-distance services. To make this culinary supply possible, specially equipped galleys are required for passenger trains.

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Tunnel ventilation system for the Doha Metro

June 2020 - The Doha Metro project is a special feature for all the contractors involved. One of the major challenges is the extremely tight schedule due to the upcoming 2022 FIFA Football World Cup, the main driver of many projects recently launched in the State of Qatar.

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InnoTrans Career Award

June 2020 - With the InnoTrans Career Award, InnoTrans is fully devoted to the support of young talents in their professional development. With this in mind, 11 international associations are offering prizes for groundbreaking achievements or ideas.

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Safe and low-emission on the move – protection for passengers

June 2020 - Current and future emission limits require individual configuration of exhaust gas after-treatment systems in order to integrate them in the best possible way into new or existing applications. Fire protection also plays a major role here.

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Tunnels connect worlds

June 2020 - Who invented them? The Swiss! This idea about railway tunnels may be obvious, but it is not true.

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Functional, sleek and smooth – litter bins for stations

June 2020 - Most travellers have seen them, many have already used them, and yet hardly anyone knows where they come from. We are talking about litter bins and waste separation systems in and around public transport facilities.

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Between coffee and couscous – the imaginative future of travel catering

June 2020 - How will we travel in the future? Among others, InnoTrans 2021 will set a strong focus on Travel Catering & Comfort Services in hall 1.1. The aim of the exhibitors is to ensure that passengers feel valued and respected throughout their journey so that they can relax and be at ease.

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Interview DVF/VDB

May 2020 - In the current interview DVF (Deutsches Verkehrsforum e.V.) CEO Dr. Heike van Hoorn and Dr. Ben Möbius, General Manager of Verband der Eisenbahnindustrie in Deutschland (VDB), talk about their goals for the digital convention that will take place in September 2020.

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One year before InnoTrans

April 2020 - An interview with InnoTrans Director Kerstin Schulz about the postponement of InnoTrans.

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Future-proof power supply

April 2020 - The construction of new lines as well as the electrification and modernization of existing lines will lead to more complex protection and control systems for the energy supply. Digitalisation is the future, so there must be a device that bridges the gap between traditional and digital substations: ABB’s RER670 Intelligent Electronic Device (IED).

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Cooperation: ZF in the ’advanced TrainLab‘

April 2020 - ZF Friedrichshafen AG is cooperating with Deutsche Bahn AG in testing new technologies in the rail sector in the ‘advanced TrainLab’ – a test vehicle of Deutsche Bahn AG based on an ICE-TD train, which is currently being used for testing purposes on the tracks of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Brenner Base Tunnel: Construction progress on schedule

April 2020 - The largest infrastructure project in Europe and at the same time the world‘s longest underground rail link is on schedule: 115 kilometres, or 50 percent of the gigantic project, have been excavated. Around 1900 employees in Austria and Italy are working on the construction progress of the Brenner Base Tunnel.

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New mobility fair MES Expo celebrates successful premiere

April 2020 - The progress of digitisation and electrification opens up numerous new and dynamic design options for future mobility systems. 54 exhibitors from 11 nations showed how these can be used effectively at the premiere of the MES Expo from 5 to 7 November 2019 in Berlin.

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A passion for beautiful design and functionality

A passion for beautiful design and functionality

April 2020 - With its products from Switzerland, Systemtech Schneider AG proves that convenience and beautiful design can belong together. With a devotion to details, shapes and materials, the company develops and implements overall concepts for railway rolling stock.

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Power electronics from Medcom for the Impuls

April 2020 - The new Impuls 36Weh from the Polish vehicle manufacturer Newag SA is a threecar articulated trainset that can be driven both electrically – with pantograph under catenary – and with diesel. Poland’s first hybrid train has been equipped with traction inverters, auxiliary converters, battery chargers, a train control and monitoring system (TCMS) and low-voltage distributors from Medcom Sp. z o.o. in Warsaw, Poland.

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LED lighting solutions for the Swiss Ceneri Base Tunnel

April 2020 - Competence in emergency and safety luminaires with high demands on durability and quality was sought for the development of special lighting systems for the Ceneri Base Tunnel in the canton of Ticino. At BöSha Technische Produkte GmbH & Co. KG these criteria were fulfilled.

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From planning to maintenance: infrastructure from one source

March 2020 - Too many cooks spoil the broth, this time-honoured saying also applies to the operation of railway infrastructures. Too many enterprises and partners often make processes and work confusing and, on balance, expensive. Amberg Technologies AG remedies this situation and offers a customised total package with its solutions, products and services: from planning to maintenance.

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Eurailpress Career Boost - A dream job in 90 seconds at InnoTrans

March 2020 - At the beginning of November 2019, the German Federal Government increased the funds for local public transport by rail by a total of 5.2 billion euros by 2031. These funds are needed to expand digitisation in the course of the change in mobility. In order to successfully achieve this change, the industry is dependent on thousands of well-trained specialists.

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Information displays: A single product for all applications

March 2020 - Displays for customer information and entertainment are indispensable for transport providers, not only to display current operational events, but also as advertising and entertainment platforms.The Finnish Teleste Corporation offers a broad portfolio of product and service solutions for this purpose, including RGB LED information displays.

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Tailor-made for the urban space

March 2020 - The Transport System Bögl (TSB) travels at speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour, is extremely quiet, independent of weather conditions and more economical than conventional rail-bound transport systems. It thus solves numerous challenges in urban public transport.

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ViaVan and Shell launch shared ride in Amsterdam

March 2020 - ViaVan Technologies B.V., Europe’s market leader for public mobility, and Shell are launching an innovative electromobility project in Amsterdam, combining ViaVan’s expertise in on-demand mobility technology with Shell’s capabilities in charging solutions.

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IoT and artificial intelligence for predictive maintenance

March 2020 - At InnoTrans 2018, KONUX GmbH presented the Predictive Maintenance System for turnouts – an end-to-end solution that uses IoT sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve network availability, extend plant life and reduce costs.

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Turnout sleeper production with Industry 4.0

March 2020 - RAIL.ONE Schwandorf GmbH, a subsidiary of the internationally operating PCM RAIL. ONE AG, has opted consistently for Industry 4.0 in its new plant in Schwandorf, Germany:

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Seat rebuild for ICE 4 and ICE 3 trains to start in March

February 2020 - Comfort plays an important role when travelling, complementing punctuality and reliability. The findings of customer feedback on the seats in the German ICE 4 and the modernized ICE 3 high-speed trains were all the more thought-provoking: too hard, seating surfaces too short, insufficient freedom of movement in the head and shoulder areas.

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Digitalisation, urban mobility and the future of European railways

February 2020 - Guest Article Philippe Citroën (UNIFE Director General) - As we face growing climate change and a move towards urbanisation that has the potential to exacerbate it, the digitalization of the rail sector will ensure the transformation of rail transport, the greenest mode of mass transportation, into the backbone of mobility.

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Railway communications of the future – FRMCS

February 2020 - About 30 years ago, GSM-R became the standard for railway communications on the basis of the 2G-technology GSM, and hardly anyone could anticipate how breathtakingly fast the technology would change.

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Digitalisation, sustainability and citizen-friendliness

February 2020 - The digitalisation of transport will shape and change the mobility of both society and economy in the coming years. The aim is to harness the potential of all modes of transport in order to improve the mobile everyday life of all EU citizens.

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Mobility+ exhibitors present innovative urban mobility

February 2020 - The BerlKönig has been on the streets of Berlin since September 2018. In contrast to Goethe’s wellknown ballad “Erlkönig”, BerlKönig is a ridesharing service. The cooperation between the American company ViaVan and Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) offers travellers the opportunity to cover the first or last mile without complications.

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Bus Display at InnoTrans

February 2020 - At the end of November 2019, the European Parliament declared a climate emergency for Europe. The declaration of intent from Strasbourg implies an urgent need for action, also in the field of mobility. In urban areas, electric buses offer an opportunity to make city transport more sustainable. At the InnoTrans Bus Display 2020, international bus manufacturers will be presenting their emission-free vehicle in the unique exhibition area in the centrally located Summer Garden.

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