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The latest news, stories and trends about InnoTrans 2021.

High platform screen doors in Barcelona (Photo: Masats S.A.)
High platform screen doors in Barcelona (Photo: Masats S.A.)

Boosting safety

June 2020 - Safety is the first aspect that comes to the mind when thinking about platform screen doors (PSD). There is no doubt that the complete blocking of access to the platform increases passenger safety. But the system, that is essential for automatic train operation, offers a number of other equally attractive advantages.

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Thanks to a variety of modules, food preparation is possible without restrictions. (Photo: Kugel Edelstahlverarbeitung GmbH)
Thanks to a variety of modules, food preparation is possible without restrictions. (Photo: Kugel Edelstahlverarbeitung GmbH)

Perfect travel gastronomy

June 2020 - Drinking a coffee or eating a warm snack while travelling is part of the journey for many passengers – at least on long-distance services. To make this culinary supply possible, specially equipped galleys are required for passenger trains.

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Tunnel ventilation system for the Doha Metro (Photo: Zitrón)
Tunnel ventilation system for the Doha Metro (Photo: Zitrón)

Tunnel ventilation system for the Doha Metro

June 2020 - The Doha Metro project is a special feature for all the contractors involved. One of the major challenges is the extremely tight schedule due to the upcoming 2022 FIFA Football World Cup, the main driver of many projects recently launched in the State of Qatar.

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InnoTrans Career Award winner Alena Conrads at the award ceremony with university professor Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler, Chairman of the Board of STUVA e.V. (Photo: STUVA e.V.)
InnoTrans Career Award winner Alena Conrads at the award ceremony with university professor Dr.-Ing. Martin Ziegler, Chairman of the Board of STUVA e.V. (Photo: STUVA e.V.)

InnoTrans Career Award

June 2020 - With the InnoTrans Career Award, InnoTrans is fully devoted to the support of young talents in their professional development. With this in mind, 11 international associations are offering prizes for groundbreaking achievements or ideas.

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Fogmaker fire extinguishing system (Photo: Fogmaker International AB)
Fogmaker fire extinguishing system (Photo: Fogmaker International AB)

Safe and low-emission on the move – protection for passengers

June 2020 - Current and future emission limits require individual configuration of exhaust gas after-treatment systems in order to integrate them in the best possible way into new or existing applications. Fire protection also plays a major role here.

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Two shield machines for the Albvorland foothills tunnel (Photo: Herrenknecht)
Two shield machines for the Albvorland foothills tunnel (Photo: Herrenknecht)

Tunnels connect worlds

June 2020 - Who invented them? The Swiss! This idea about railway tunnels may be obvious, but it is not true.

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Litter bins and waste separation systems are essential elements of the equipment of main and secondary railway stations.
Litter bins and waste separation systems are essential elements of the equipment of main and secondary railway stations.(Photo: Auweko)

Functional, sleek and smooth – litter bins for stations

June 2020 - Most travellers have seen them, many have already used them, and yet hardly anyone knows where they come from. We are talking about litter bins and waste separation systems in and around public transport facilities.

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LSG Head of Train Services Xavier Muller spricht über die Zukunftsperspektiven des Travel Catering.
LSG Head of Train Services Xavier Muller talks about the future prospects of travel catering. (Photo: LSG Group)

Between coffee and couscous – the imaginative future of travel catering

June 2020 - How will we travel in the future? Among others, InnoTrans 2021 will set a strong focus on Travel Catering & Comfort Services in hall 1.1. The aim of the exhibitors is to ensure that passengers feel valued and respected throughout their journey so that they can relax and be at ease.

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Interview DVF/VDB
DVF-Managing Director Dr. Heike van Hoorn und Dr. Ben Möbius, VDB-Chief Executive Officer (Source: DVF & VDB )

Interview DVF/VDB

May 2020 - In the current interview DVF (Deutsches Verkehrsforum e.V.) CEO Dr. Heike van Hoorn and Dr. Ben Möbius, General Manager of Verband der Eisenbahnindustrie in Deutschland (VDB), talk about their goals for the digital convention that will take place in September 2020.

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Kerstin Schulz
Photo: Messe Berlin

One year before InnoTrans

April 2020 - An interview with InnoTrans Director Kerstin Schulz about the postponement of InnoTrans.

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The RER670 Intelligent Electronic Device as a building block for digitalisation
Photo: ABB

Future-proof power supply

April 2020 - The construction of new lines as well as the electrification and modernization of existing lines will lead to more complex protection and control systems for the energy supply. Digitalisation is the future, so there must be a device that bridges the gap between traditional and digital substations: ABB’s RER670 Intelligent Electronic Device (IED).

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The ZF sensors are located on the bogie of the test train.
Photo: ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Cooperation: ZF in the ’advanced TrainLab‘

April 2020 - ZF Friedrichshafen AG is cooperating with Deutsche Bahn AG in testing new technologies in the rail sector in the ‘advanced TrainLab’ – a test vehicle of Deutsche Bahn AG based on an ICE-TD train, which is currently being used for testing purposes on the tracks of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Tunnel construction site in Mauls (Italy)
Photo: BBT SE

Brenner Base Tunnel: Construction progress on schedule

April 2020 - The largest infrastructure project in Europe and at the same time the world‘s longest underground rail link is on schedule: 115 kilometres, or 50 percent of the gigantic project, have been excavated. Around 1900 employees in Austria and Italy are working on the construction progress of the Brenner Base Tunnel.

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MES Expo 2019 – Ribbon Cutting
Photo: Messe Berlin GmbH

New mobility fair MES Expo celebrates successful premiere

April 2020 - The progress of digitisation and electrification opens up numerous new and dynamic design options for future mobility systems. 54 exhibitors from 11 nations showed how these can be used effectively at the premiere of the MES Expo from 5 to 7 November 2019 in Berlin.

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The power electronics in the Impuls 36Weh are from Medcom.
Photo: RailAdventure GmbH

A passion for beautiful design and functionality

April 2020 - With its products from Switzerland, Systemtech Schneider AG proves that convenience and beautiful design can belong together. With a devotion to details, shapes and materials, the company develops and implements overall concepts for railway rolling stock.

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The power electronics in the Impuls 36Weh are from Medcom.
Photo: Medcom Sp. z o.o

Power electronics from Medcom for the Impuls

April 2020 - The new Impuls 36Weh from the Polish vehicle manufacturer Newag SA is a threecar articulated trainset that can be driven both electrically – with pantograph under catenary – and with diesel. Poland’s first hybrid train has been equipped with traction inverters, auxiliary converters, battery chargers, a train control and monitoring system (TCMS) and low-voltage distributors from Medcom Sp. z o.o. in Warsaw, Poland.

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LED lighting solutions for the Swiss Ceneri Base Tunnel
Photo: BöSha Technische Produkte GmbH & Co. KG

LED lighting solutions for the Swiss Ceneri Base Tunnel

April 2020 - Competence in emergency and safety luminaires with high demands on durability and quality was sought for the development of special lighting systems for the Ceneri Base Tunnel in the canton of Ticino. At BöSha Technische Produkte GmbH & Co. KG these criteria were fulfilled.

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Representation of the geology integrated in the BIM model
Graphic representation: Amberg Group AG

From planning to maintenance: infrastructure from one source

March 2020 - Too many cooks spoil the broth, this time-honoured saying also applies to the operation of railway infrastructures. Too many enterprises and partners often make processes and work confusing and, on balance, expensive. Amberg Technologies AG remedies this situation and offers a customised total package with its solutions, products and services: from planning to maintenance.

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Eurailpress Career Boost - A dream job in 90 seconds at InnoTrans

March 2020 - At the beginning of November 2019, the German Federal Government increased the funds for local public transport by rail by a total of 5.2 billion euros by 2031. These funds are needed to expand digitisation in the course of the change in mobility. In order to successfully achieve this change, the industry is dependent on thousands of well-trained specialists.

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Foto: Teleste Corporation

Information displays: A single product for all applications

March 2020 - Displays for customer information and entertainment are indispensable for transport providers, not only to display current operational events, but also as advertising and entertainment platforms.The Finnish Teleste Corporation offers a broad portfolio of product and service solutions for this purpose, including RGB LED information displays.

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Graphic: Max Bögl Group of Companies

Tailor-made for the urban space

March 2020 - The Transport System Bögl (TSB) travels at speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour, is extremely quiet, independent of weather conditions and more economical than conventional rail-bound transport systems. It thus solves numerous challenges in urban public transport.

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Photo: Miquel Gonzalez

ViaVan and Shell launch shared ride in Amsterdam

March 2020 - ViaVan Technologies B.V., Europe’s market leader for public mobility, and Shell are launching an innovative electromobility project in Amsterdam, combining ViaVan’s expertise in on-demand mobility technology with Shell’s capabilities in charging solutions.

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Photo: Konux GmbH

IoT and artificial intelligence for predictive maintenance

March 2020 - At InnoTrans 2018, KONUX GmbH presented the Predictive Maintenance System for turnouts – an end-to-end solution that uses IoT sensors and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve network availability, extend plant life and reduce costs.

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Photo: PCM RAIL.ONE AG

Turnout sleeper production with Industry 4.0

March 2020 - RAIL.ONE Schwandorf GmbH, a subsidiary of the internationally operating PCM RAIL. ONE AG, has opted consistently for Industry 4.0 in its new plant in Schwandorf, Germany:

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Photo: DB AG / O. Lang

Seat rebuild for ICE 4 and ICE 3 trains to start in March

February 2020 - Comfort plays an important role when travelling, complementing punctuality and reliability. The findings of customer feedback on the seats in the German ICE 4 and the modernized ICE 3 high-speed trains were all the more thought-provoking: too hard, seating surfaces too short, insufficient freedom of movement in the head and shoulder areas.

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Photo: UNIFE

Digitalisation, urban mobility and the future of European railways

February 2020 - Guest Article Philippe Citroën (UNIFE Director General) - As we face growing climate change and a move towards urbanisation that has the potential to exacerbate it, the digitalization of the rail sector will ensure the transformation of rail transport, the greenest mode of mass transportation, into the backbone of mobility.

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Photo: Siemens Mobility GmbH

Railway communications of the future – FRMCS

February 2020 - About 30 years ago, GSM-R became the standard for railway communications on the basis of the 2G-technology GSM, and hardly anyone could anticipate how breathtakingly fast the technology would change.

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Photo: BMVI

Digitalisation, sustainability and citizen-friendliness

February 2020 - The digitalisation of transport will shape and change the mobility of both society and economy in the coming years. The aim is to harness the potential of all modes of transport in order to improve the mobile everyday life of all EU citizens.

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Photo: Mikko Lemola/iStock

Mobility+ exhibitors present innovative urban mobility

February 2020 - The BerlKönig has been on the streets of Berlin since September 2018. In contrast to Goethe’s wellknown ballad “Erlkönig”, BerlKönig is a ridesharing service. The cooperation between the American company ViaVan and Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) offers travellers the opportunity to cover the first or last mile without complications.

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Photo: Messe Berlin GmbH

Bus Display at InnoTrans

February 2020 - At the end of November 2019, the European Parliament declared a climate emergency for Europe. The declaration of intent from Strasbourg implies an urgent need for action, also in the field of mobility. In urban areas, electric buses offer an opportunity to make city transport more sustainable. At the InnoTrans Bus Display 2020, international bus manufacturers will be presenting their emission-free vehicle in the unique exhibition area in the centrally located Summer Garden.

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