Australian rail technology map to be developed

The Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in collaboration with Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and Deakin University will develop a Smart Rail Route Map for Australia’s rail industry. The project is expected for completion by 31 December 2018.
The AUD 550,000 (USD 409,246) project will identify a long-term vision for technology in the rail industry over the next 30 years through the establishment of a common view of priorities, themes, timelines and actions.
“The Smart Rail Route Map will help our industry to realise the vision of a national approach to rail technology, bringing economies of scale, support interoperability and many other efficiencies,” Danny Broad, ARA’s CEO said.
Deakin University will provide expertise in Systems Mapping when workshopping, developing and modelling this project’s outputs. The Rail Manufacturing CRC is responsible for identifying and funding innovative rail research that benefits the Australian rail industry.
The Smart Rail Route Map will be technology-neutral, and communicate the detail in a non-technical manner.
The project outputs will be owned by the Australian rail industry and will be used to support the introduction of new technologies and services efficiently and cost-effectively.

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