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Live from Innotrans: Innovation Diary Day #4

Posted by Emily O'Dowd on Sep 23, 2016

The operator or maintenance technician is connected to the Cloud and can monitor the condition of individual axlebox bearings and even entire axleboxes and bogies. (Pic Courtesy of Schaeffler) What a week it’s been! In our fourth and final update from InnoTrans 2016, SmartRail World's Emily O’Dowd has selected some further highlights from another busy day in Berlin. And today we focus on the following innovations and announcements:

  • Schaeffler Technologies’ new intelligent condition monitoring systems.
  • Eltec Elektronik’s Cybox EDC for reliable data entry and system monitoring.
  • The DB-SNCF joint digitisation initiative.
  • Teleste Corporation rail and passenger specific services.
  • How Axinom are opening the door to the Internet Of Things.
  • Huber & Suhner reveal new plans to improve cabling solutions.
  • INIT’s ID and Account based ticketing.
  • Trolex’s unveil their new, fast internet tool Juxta.

Schaeffler Technologies’ new intelligent condition monitoring systems.

Schaeffler is an automotive and industrial supplier. The company have been developing new ways to make current technology smarter. Their main focus is monitor how trains can create higher average speeds whilst maintaining greater operating performance and reliability. Schaeffler have created greater connections with the Cloud to digitally monitor bogies in passenger trains. The operator or maintenance technician is now able to monitor the condition of individual axlebox bearings and even entire axleboxes and bogies through the Cloud. Additionally, they have created new compact sensor units for rail applications. This means that they can be used to measure other things like structure born sound, temperatures and speeds more effectively. Their exhibition will be on display in Hall 21, Stand 402.

Eltec Elektronik’s Cybox EDC for reliable data entry and system monitoring

A series of products have been created by Eltec Electronix for data entry, processing and distribution in mobile systems for difficult signal locations. The CYBOX EDC (Ethernet Data Concentrator) has been created to collect and monitor data on trains, trams, agricultural implements, buses and other mobile applications. It is an addition to the CyBox line and its mobile computing platform (MCP) as well as its wireless access points (APs). It has the ability to monitor different systems simultaneously. Other function characteristics include a micro-SD as an internal mass storage device and an integrated watchdog as well as a GPS receiver. More information can be found at Hall 6.1, Stand 214.

The DB-SNCF joint digitisation initiative

Deutsche Bahn AG and French National Railways SNCF have joined forces to share their knowledge and data to lead the way for transport technology. Both the CEO and President of these two companies want to improve connectivity for their passengers and employees. Guillaume Pepy, President of French National Railways (SNCF) stated: “This is the purpose of our new cooperation agreement with Deutsche Bahn, on aspects ranging from the way we cooperate with startups to Industrial Internet solutions and further on to onboard connectivity. Working together will not only serve the interests of SNCF’s and DB’s customers, but also those of the mobility community at large.” They plan to be able to offer high innovation and identify the requirements for digital data transmission in the future. They are at CityCube Halle B 406

Teleste Corporation’s rail and customer specific services

Teleste is the leading provider of video and broadband technologies. Our customer base consists of cable and telecom operators, as well as public sector organizations.They have set up a new system called Teleste Care for Rail which looks to secure everyday operations and to anticipate the challenges of future system upgrades. “In public transportation systems, vehicle availability and maximized passenger experience are very important factors for the operators. As passengers demand 24/7 service, operators are faced by the challenge to quickly react to any signs of maintenance need. In addition, there are growing needs to continuously develop passengers traveling experience”, said Pekka Vänni, Service Director for Mitron Oy – a Teleste company. “We are pleased to bring to market the Teleste Care for Rail service concept that helps our rail customers tackle these challenges and adopt easily to future needs by smart thinking, state-of-the-art technology, and profound understanding of the industry’s requirements.”Teleste software would notify when a maintenance issue should be quickly responded to. They are at Hall 2.1, Stand 310.

Live from InnoTrans: Innovation Diary Day #1.

Huber & Suhner reveal new plans to improve cabling solutions

 Huber & Suhner are forming a strategic alliance with Weidmüller to improve rail technology. They intend to exploit the potential synergies from such a decision. With Huber & Suhner providing the technical information alongside Weidmüller’s range of cables, they have launched a project to make cable solutions. They have announced plans to solve cabling issues forNew strategic partners in the railway sector: (from left) Dirk van Vinckenroye, Head of the industry division Industry Automation & Solutions Weidmüller, Drew Nixon COO Global Sales HUBER+SUHNER, Detmar Saalmann Global Industry Manager Transportation Weidmüller, Patrick Riederer COO Low frequency division HUBER+SUHNER signing the contract at Innotrans 2016 in Berlin. (Picture courtesy of Huber + Suhner) rail vehicles, cable harnesses (cables and connectors) and complete systems. This will see the two companies able to supply rail industry customers with complete, 100 percent tested solutions for the connection and transmission of power, signals and data. "The trend towards digitization will also drive dynamism and innovation in the rail technology sector," said Dirk van Vinckenroye, Head of the industry division Industry Automation & Solutions. "With our strategic partner HUBER+SUHNER we want to drive the process forward together." This will see the two companies able to supply rail industry customers with complete cable systems with 100% tested solutions for the connection and transmission of power, signals and data. Meet them in Hall 2.2 and Stand 2017.

How Axinom are opening the door to the Internet Of Things

It’s no longer just about tech and digital-born organizations. Digital leaders across rail and all industries are seizing this new opportunity for growth and capital rewards. Many are accelerating their uptake of digital technologies and cloud foundations as the crucial first step to break into the platform world.

Axinom is one of them. The company’s placing a big strategic technology bet by providing the core foundation of digital platform products. Axinom has a bold vision: to reinvent the way people consume media and services at home, at work and while traveling.

Axinom is stepping up to lead digital transformation and innovation: we enable service providers in different vertical markets all around the world to build the next generation of products and services based on Axinom’s core foundation. Find out more here and visit them in Hall 2.1 on Stand 105

Live from Innotrans: Innovation Diary Day #2.

INIT’s ID and Account based ticketing.

INIT will be showcasing their ID-based ticketing solution that helps public transport companies to offer passengers more convenience while improving their sales. Rather than using traditional card-based ticketing systems, ID-based systems hold the customer data and business logic in their data systems. With the app for mobile dispatching, MOBILEmodi, INIT provides a tool for employees to manage operations using an Android device. The app enables traffic supervisors to have the same access to relevant ITCS information as dispatchers in the control center. It provides relevant support for dealing with major events, accidents or delays. The COPILOTapp also manages voice and data communication with the control center. The app for real-time passenger information, DEPARTURESlive, is now available for Android and iOS. More information about these digitalized ticketing apps can be found at Hall 2.1 at Stand 311.

Trolex Aporta unveil their new, fast internet tool Juxta

Their new Juxta system is set to deliver high-speed internet in the rail industry for operators and passengers alike. It hopes to improve communication services and provide passenger entertainment. Juxta is trying to make it effective and profitable for the rail industry.

“Our system has been proven on buses in the US.  Not only does the system virtually run itself, it doesn’t present sharp-end rail or bus operating staff with any challenges because we manage all of the support services and software upgrades remotely through our control centre.  There is no need for train operator staff to be involved with the Juxta at all,” says Glyn Pierce-Jones, Managing Director of Trolex Group Limited told SmartRail World. Learn more in Hall 6.2 and Stand 214.

Live from Innotrans: Innovation Diary Day #3

 The perfect accompaniment for Innotrans - the 2017 Rail and Metro Innovation Guide. 

Read the Rail and Metro Innovation Guide 2017

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Emily O'Dowd

Written by Emily O'Dowd

On graduating with a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, Emily joined the editorial team. When she isn't writing articles for the website or interviewing experts in the industry she enjoys reading, running and sailing.

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