Santanu Sur, consulting partner - energy and resources at Tata Consultancy Services’ energy unit, outlines plans for a series of IoT-based apps to improve the safety of the increasing volumes of crude oil being transported by rail in North America.
British operator CrossCounty is deploying a new communications suite, which is set to provide onboard staff with a bespoke and easy-to-use source of live network and service information. Kevin Smith met with the developer Nexus Alpha and CrossCountry to find out how Arrakis works and how it is set to be used.
The region surrounding the Sri Lankan capital Colombo is home to nearly six million people, but lacks the high-capacity transit needed to move large numbers of people on key corridors. Keith Barrow looks at how the Colombo Suburban Railway Project will make the network fit for faster, more frequent commuter services.
China’s high-speed rail network is popular with both short-term visitors and long-term expatriates. However, for foreigners, Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to comprehend. China Railway Corporation is responding to this by progressively introducing English on all signage, but there are still several challenges to overcome, as David Feng explains.
The rapid expansion of China’s high-speed rail network has gone hand-in-hand with the development of the Chinese Train Control System (CTCS). Dr Mo Zhisong, director of the signalling division at China Railway Corporation, who was educated at Beijing Jiaotong University’s School of Electronic and Information Engineering, reveals that development is underway of a new train control system based on CTCS but using AI.
Blockchain technology promises to cut out the middle man in financial transactions, improving efficiency for businesses around the world. But how can railways benefit and what challenges does universal acceptance of the digital ledger technology face? Nick Newman investigates.
Russia’s passenger rail sector is experiencing dramatic changes in its regulatory environment as the government looks to spur a rolling stock renewal programme by encouraging market competition. Ilya Tereshko, deputy head of the Railway Research Division at the Institute for Natural Monopolies Research (IPEM), explains what this could mean for services in the future.
recent study by Prose and Rail Traction Company, Italy, revealed that it is possible for a 2200-tonne freight train to successfully navigate the Brenner Pass on the Italy-Austria border. Robbin Wetter, an engineer in Prose’s Running Dynamics team, details the project.