Digital transformation, defined here as ‘the use of technology to radically improve performance or reach of enterprises’ – is like Internet of Things and Big Data one of the key buzzwords heard within rail and metro these past years.
Our industry, like many others are using digital developments like analytics, mobility and smart devices to improve their processes, operations and passenger relations. This guide aims to not just comment on these developments but show how it is already happening in Malaysia, China, Dubai, the UK and the USA among others.
In the conversations around this guide, we found that rail operators face pressure to begin or speed up their transformation, and that the processes need a buy-in from across the organisation that is driven from the top-down to truly succeed. A successful transformation doesn’t come from a new organization but from reshaping and improving what currently exists. As one of our experts in our guide states “put simply, they (the operators) need to do more with the same people, same money and same assets.”
To help ensure the industry is able to take advantage of the potential that digital transformation offers, our editorial team have spoken to a number of senior executives at rail and metro operators around the world and also sought contributions from some of the leading solutions providers in this sector.
Chapter 1: How the digital future is actually a digital present for a host of rail and metro operators around the world.
Chapter 2: Project focus: Digital transformation on the construction of the MRT Sungai Buloh to Putrajaya (SSP) Line, Klang Valley.
Chapter 3: The inside story on how the startup Railnova is helping rail companies transform their fleet management and maintenance.
Chapter 4: Siemens’ new platform to showcase digital infrastructure opportunities for US transit.
Chapter 5: The nine key workstreams identified by the private sector to enhance Britain’s Digital Railway Programme.
Chapter 6: The Last Word with... Michael Deittrick, global chief technology officer at DXC Technology.