Rail and Metro Innovation Guide 2018www.SmartRailWorld.com1Contents1 Editor's Welcome 2 Seven rail technology trends currently shaping the rail and metro industry. 4 IT and Data 13 Signalling and Train Control 21 Telecommunications and Connectivity31 Rolling Stock Technology 35 Passenger Services and Fare Collection 40 Engineering, Procurement and Construction44 Safety and Security 51 Urban Mobility 54 Professional Services & ConsultanciesClick to go straight to the sectionWelcome to the 2018 Rail and Metro Innovation Guide, So said British humourist Miles Kington, and most recently and perhaps more puzzlingly Irish rugby great Brian O'Driscoll. Choosing the right supplier, I think requires both knowledge and wisdom in large quantities. The potential benefits from rolling out a new technology are huge, as are the pitfalls and problems that choosing the wrong supplier can cause. The origins of the guide began soon after our launch in 2013, when we began being asked who was supplying the technology in our stories and how best people could get in contact with those providers. We are proud to have put several operators and solutions providers in contact who are now working together on some very exciting projects. With these enquires in mind, the demand for new solutions growing, and with one of our key aims being to help foster technological engagement across the industry, we launched last year, our first Rail & Metro Innovation Guide. And we are proud to return with an even bigger comprehensive annual resource containing the leading service and technology suppliers to the global rail and metro industry.Our 2017 guide has had over 55,000 page views, so if you used it, you are in good company. Whether your focus is IT & Data, Signalling & Train Control, Rolling Stock Technology, Passenger Service & Fare Collection, Safety & Security, Engineering, Procurement and Construction, Professional Services & Consultancies and two new categories for this year Urban Mobility and Telecommunications and Connectivity this is the guide for you. The Rail & Metro Innovation Guide 2018 is more than just a list of companies. Designed for senior executives, managers and procurement officers, this high-quality publication will be a valuable reference tool for all working in rail technology. Divided into chapters focussed on key areas, it's designed to enable rail and metro professionals to search quickly and easily for the supplier or service required and then contact them directly. As well as this guide, there's also a complete only set of listings on SmartRail World the online home of rail and metro innovation. We can't help you with your kitchen choices but we hope you find this guide useful and helpful in connecting with the solution providers you need to help your transport system grow and develop. Regards and thanks, Luke Upton Editor SmartRail World www.smartrailworld.com PS! The 2019 edition will be published on 17th September 2018, so contact Editor@SmartRailWorld.com to find out how you can be included.@SmartRail World@SmartRailWorldNewsSmartRail WorldSmartRail World"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."
2www.SmartRailWorld.comRail and Metro Innovation Guide 2018Seven rail technology trends currently shaping the rail and metro industry.The old Chinese phrase 'may you live in interesting times' is often used in January, and has perhaps never been more fitting than when you look around the world today, from whichever angle you wish to view it. One thing that always astounds when looking at recent developments, is not just the change but the pace of the change. The digitalization of rail has quickened possibilities, new entrants to the market are not respecting traditional timelines and operators are beginning to enjoy these shortened time-scales. Start-ups are shaking-up what has been considered an at times conservative industry, while larger companies are adapting and consolidating in response. If they don't, they risk going out of business. There's a myriad of rail technology trends that he's watching, but here's seven that our Editor Luke Upton sees as the big disruptors. 1. The real IoT the Internet of Trains.A buzzword long featured in lists like these, and a concept familiar to those of us in rail, expect to see some major advancements on this front in 2018 and beyond. The Internet of Things (IoT) enables metros, passenger and freight services to use sensors, Machine2Machine learning, the old favourite 'Big Data' analytics, cloud computing and other tech to gather and analyse information from a wide variety of sources and data streams. What is changing now is the pace, accuracy and decreased cost of analysing this data. It is getting cheaper and easier to now use this to help drive efficiencies, better manage operations and from this potentially offer new passenger focussed services. IoT really offers a world of opportunities for the industry and the solutions providers that sell into it. And across all departments, not just IT but also engineering, maintenance, signalling, communications, ticketing and on-board experience. All sectors of the industry will need to ensure they are fully tapped into the potential of the digital revolution, a revolution that has now become the mainstream. 2. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) both get real.Both these areas logged major steps forward in 2017 and are set to grow further this year. For decades a favourite of sci-fi films and TV shows, last year saw the launch of the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset priced at just $599, making VR both accessible and affordable. And who can forget the brief Pokémon Go AR game mania that struck the world, including the rail industry, last year seeing over 100 million downloads in the process. In rail too we also saw genuine, tangible progress, with industry giant Bombardier developing its 'virtual manufacturing' technology which allowed designers to create a 3-D model of a product and to also virtually test the efficiency of its performance. "This way, development and installation steps can be accelerated, optimized or done away with entirely," explained Helmut Dietz, Head of Digital Manufacturing at Bombardier Transportation.Deutsche Bahn have been working with the team at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) to develop augmented reality windows on their 'Innovation Train'. Whilst in Boston in 2016 Keolis Commuter Services, which has operated the MBTA deployed smart glasses by AMA XPertEye which use "augmented reality lite" and link staff in the field, with technicians at the maintenance headquarters. Images can be transmitted from the glasses back to base and the idea is that the office-based colleagues can offer advice without having to travel to the site of the problem, saving time and money for the company and stopping possible delays for passengers.3. Intelligent Apps.The world already loves apps. In 2009, approximately 2.52 billion were downloaded globally, this year the number is expected to reach 268.69 billion. And now apps can be built that use both historical and real-time data to make predictions and decisions and deliver a personalized experience for users. This new category of apps includes technologies like virtual personal assistants and has a clear link to rail and metro when it comes to booking tickets, organising travel and making the user aware of changes or delays to schedules. They could also be a part of on-board for both passengers and staff offering a real time and accurate view (thanks to our old friend Big Data) of the journey and improving customer experience4. More cyber-security breaches.Almost all industries suffered from cyber-crime and high-profile hacks in 2016. Perhaps, most prominently the Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee and ensuing leaked e-mails, which some saw as helping sway the election towards Donald Trump. And our industry was no different, with the ransomware attack on the San Francisco Municipal Transport Agency which took all the network's ticketing systems offline on one of the busiest shopping days of the year and the WannaCry disruption felt by rail in Germany, Russia and China serving as a stark reminder of current vulnerabilities. Rail and metro operators are susceptible on two fronts to cyber threats; losing control of the operational aspect of the trains themselves and of the increasingly large data they harvest be it of a technical, passenger or financial nature. Network Rail, the owner and operator of most of the UK rail infrastructure acknowledged the threat stating; "We know that the risk [of a cyber-attack will increase as we continue to roll out digital technology across the network." And these vulnerabilities are coming from a wide variety of sources, it's estimated that 90% of IoT devices and unsecured, and one industry insider recently told me that a UK train had been accessed through an unsecured coffee machine on-board. The battle to keep ahead of the cyber-criminals will be a big part of 2018 and beyond.