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InnoTrans 2018

Discover the Flow of Energy in Railway Networks

How can we make railway networks more energy-efficient? Currently, energy measurements are only conducted on board of trains and not used to make networks more energy-efficient. There is no technology that assesses the energy efficiency and the energy flow of the whole system. A synchronised energy measurement tool, however, would be highly beneficial in order to make strategic energy management decisions, improve energy efficiency and the life cycle costs of railway systems.   That is…

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The Sound of Silent Trains

To tackle the pressing issue of noise pollution, Shift2Rail research teams have devised new computer simulations to assess different strategies to reduce noise and vibration levels. These programmes make it possible to gauge the effectiveness of noise mitigation methods demonstrating the extent of noise reduction achieved under various conditions. The Shift2Rail demonstration ‘Auralisation and visualisation technology’ offers visitors a virtual reality experience in which they can discover what the next generation of trains will sound…

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Experience the traffic management of the future from the driver’s seat

The ‘moving block’ is a concept of rail traffic management and control systems that allows trains to run much closer to each other, improving line capacity and performance. This system will upgrade the European Train Control System (ETCS) to level 3, which means the implementation of full radio-based train spacing without the need for physical train detection devices. Shift2Rail members will present three demonstrators at InnoTrans showing how the ‘moving block’ system works in urban, suburban, high…

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DAY 3: Timetable of the future train at our stand 203, Hall 4.2

After two successful days, we have reached half-time at InnoTrans but there is still plenty to see and discover. The train of the future will stop on Thursday at: 10 am-12 pm: UNIFE Dialog Forum: Executive director Carlo Borghini and other high-level speakers will discuss ERTMS as the backbone of digital railways. Speakers include Chris Jackson, Editor-in-Chief of Railway Gazette International and Keir Fitch, Head of Rail Safety & Interoperability at DG Move. Where: Palais…

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Prize-winning Innovations: Shift2Rail at the ERCI Award

Today Shift2Rail participated in the Innovation Award of the European Railway Cluster Initiative (ERCI), where the leading rail meta cluster in Europe awarded trophies in three categories: The Innovation Awards of the European Railway Clusters went to DB Cargo AG (Best Large Enterprise), Perpetuum Ltd. (Best SME) and TRAXENS (“Coup de Cœur”). In his speech, Carlo Borghini, executive director of Shift2Rail, encourages rail stakeholders to express their ideas on the priorities they think users will…

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One click from anywhere in Europe

Today, apps allow checking what the best multimodal route is. But Shift2Rail IP4 is taking this to a whole new level: Passengers will be able to book with a single click multi-modal trips across Europe. No more need to enter four or five different reservation systems every time we book a trip. At InnoTrans, the public can test a preliminary version of the system.   The ecosystem Shift2Rail is building will be an absolute revolution for…

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