Friday, April 21, 2017

Siemens launches digital rail service in the US

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SIEMENS has announced that it will launch a new digital rail service in the United States, which will use sensors and software platforms to put intelligence behind billions of data points created on the country’s rail network.

The software aims to help operators reduce unplanned downtime, improve efficiency, planning and performance, and generate energy and cost savings.

Siemens will build its digital services hub in Atlanta, Georgia, and a new east coast locomotive service headquarters in New Castle, Delaware, later this year.

The city of Atlanta and Charlotte Area Transit System (Cats) will be among the first transport providers to put the data to use from their existing fleets to improve operations and safety.

Siemens will collect information captured by onboard systems used on the Siemens-built Atlanta streetcar and analyse data points to make best use of the fleet. Potential data points include:: slow vehicle movements to identify traffic bottlenecks in order to reduce delays, passenger comfort, and horn usage by cars or pedestrian traffic warnings to determine possible infrastructure improvements that could increase safety.

In Charlotte, Cats is working with Siemens on a pilot programme for near real-time diagnostics and analysis of light rail system data to assist with maintenance recommendations.

The digital services offered are based on Railigent, a cloud-based industrial data analytics platform which features smart monitoring for real-time insight on vehicle state and location.

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