2017 Integrated Report – Departure into a new era

Digital Rail for Germany

We intend to significantly increase the reliability, quality, flexibility as well as the transport capacity and cost efficiency of rail with the Digital Rail for Germany program. To accomplish this, we are taking full advantage of new digital technologies. The target image is digitalized rail transport with an integrated system of capacity management and operational implementation. An important basis for this is an intelligent infrastructure for the coordination of train operations, real-time detection of train positions, high-performance data exchange between train and infrastructure as well as sensor-based obstacle detection. The technologies required for the implementation of the target image were identified in the year under review and their degree of maturity was assessed. Development of the technical specifications began. In order to ensure that Europe-wide standards are created, we work closely with other railways. Feasibility studies for pilots (particularly for the Hamburg S-Bahn (metro)) and the organization for implementation were also initiated. The project requires deepened tech­­nology partnerships within and outside the railway indus­­try. In addition to further developing the organization, the focus in 2018 will be on developing and implementing a suitable partnering concept.

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