Siemens is introducing a digital rail service business in the US with the aim of creating an “Internet of Trains” to bring infrastructure and vehicles into the digital era. Siemens said it will use sensors and software platforms to put intelligence behind billions of data points created on the USA’s rail network. This insight will help rail operators across the US to reduce unplanned downtime, improve operational efficiency and enable improved business planning and performance, the company said.

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Virtual impression of Atlanta’s downtown streetcar by Siemens

Siemens will establish its digital services hub in Atlanta, Georgia which will be home to the Data Analytics and Applications Centre on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus. The City of Atlanta and Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will be among the first transportation providers to lead the way in putting big data to use from its existing fleet to improve operations and safety.

The first applications will be on the light rail networks in Atlanta and Charlotte.

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Siemens-Built Atlanta Streetcar © Lauren Holley (license)

In Atlanta, the Siemens digital services team will collect information captured via on-board systems from the Siemens-built Atlanta Streetcar and analyse data points to make the best use of its fleet. In one of two initial launch sites, the Siemens Digital Services team will collect information captured via on-board systems from the Siemens-built Atlanta Streetcar and analyse data points to make the best use of their fleet including slow vehicle movements to identify traffic bottlenecks in order to reduce delays; identifying track segments and time periods with high energy consumption to reduce power usage; length of door opening durations to improve passenger comfort, and horn usage from car or pedestrian traffic warnings to determine possible related infrastructure improvements that would increase safety.

In Charlotte, CATS is working with Siemens on a pilot programme for near real-time diagnostics and analysis of light rail system data to assist with maintenance recommendations. By making pre-emptive adjustments to service strategies and planning, Siemens said, operators can better avoid light rail service interruptions and delays and increase the availability of their overall fleet.

“Today, rail vehicles send between one and four billion data points per year and rail infrastructure can send billions of messages just inside a specific system,” said Simon Davidoff, head of Siemens mobility digital services in North America.

“With our digital services business, we’re taking not only experience from our global rail footprint but also our extensive company-wide digital expertise to turn billions of data points into action, including the ability to detect malfunctions well before they can cause problems and information that helps improve arrival times and punctuality for riders.”

The digital services offered are based on Railigent, a cloud-based industrial data analytics platform which features smart monitoring for real-time insight on vehicle state and location.The platform features Smart Monitoring for real-time insight on vehicle state and location, Smart Data Analytics that provide root cause analysis and remote vehicle and infrastructure diagnostics, and Smart Prediction that conducts prescriptive maintenance. Additional capabilities will include advanced cyber security and guidance services.

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Siemens Digital Rail Services business unit is part of the Siemens Mobility Division which provides efficient and integrated transportation of people and goods by rail and road – including all products, solutions and services regarding mobility. Siemens designs and manufactures across the entire spectrum of rolling stock including commuter and regional passenger trains, light rail and streetcars, metros, locomotives, passenger coaches and high-speed trainsets.

In the U.S., Siemens is providing rail vehicles, locomotives, components and systems to more than 25 agencies in cities such as Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Houston, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, St. Louis, Atlanta, Norfolk and Charlotte. Cities also rely on Siemens to provide traction-power substations and electricity transmission, as well as signaling and control technology for freight and passenger rail and transit systems. Siemens has transportation manufacturing hubs in: Sacramento, CA; Louisville, KY; Marion, KY; Pittsburgh, PA

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Whether for the remote monitoring of your systems, fast diagnostics, or preventive failure prediction – our Digital Services are all based on our new Railigent mobility platform. This platform uses the Siemens-wide platform architecture for industrial data analytics, to provide standard tools for data processing, storage, and analysis. In addition, Railigent offers specific solutions for rail-related applications.

Railigent transforms the diversity of your data into an intelligent, customized user interface. From highly aggregated KPIs at the management level to a detailed root cause analysis for maintenance in the depot: Targeted, role-specific information for operation and maintenance is derived from the same underlying data. It goes without saying that this information is safeguarded using state-of-the-art data security, monitoring technology, and protective mechanisms.

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Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. With approximately 351,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $88.1 billion in fiscal 2016. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $23.7 billion, including $5.4 billion in exports, and employs approximately 50,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Siemens is launching Digital Rail Services in the U.S., a new business that will use intelligent sensors and advanced software platforms to put intelligence behind billions of data points created on the country’s rail systems. This insight will help rail operators across the U.S.

 

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