Siemens unveils its digital innovations

At InnoTrans, under “Shaping connected mobility” motto, Siemens presented its digital innovations which will make rail transport even more efficient, safer and reliable.
The digital solutions make infrastructures intelligent, improve passenger experience, guarantee availability and increase sustainability over the entire lifecycle.
MindConnect Rail is a central component of the intelligent transport infrastructure needed for the digital integration of rail and road transport and tomorrow’s networked “total mobility system.” It is a modular and flexible software and hardware solution for ensuring secure data transmissions from safety-critical infrastructures. MindConnect Rail utilizes all functions of the new Data Capture Unit (DCU) in order to provide full and secure access to data as well as guarantee cyber security.
MindSphere, the IoT operating system from Siemens, enables new digital solutions for the rail industry through comprehensive data management. Siemens’ open IoT operating system MindSphere uses artificial intelligence to comprehensively manage this data, making possible completely new solutions for the rail industry.
The Railigent application suite enables operators to intelligently use rail data, optimize their maintenance and operations, and guarantee hundred-percent availability. Railigent is based on MindSphere, the IoT operating system from Siemens. In the past, Railigent could primarily be used to analyze Siemens systems, but being developed in collaboration with partner companies, Siemens can now provide customers with comprehensive asset management of their vehicle fleets and rail infrastructures. Siemens has already integrated applications of three partner companies: SKF GmbH, Strukton Rail b.v. and Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA.
The “interlocking in the cloud” will revolutionize long-distance rail transport. Siemens is already working with partners on implementing this advanced technology. With this system, interlockings as well as operator control logic can in the future be centralized at one location, free of spatial limitations. This will give operators unprecedented flexibility and generate cost savings for their infrastructure and operations – naturally without any compromises in safety and security.
As railway stations are vital hubs for intermodal urban transport, Siemens’ Digital Station solutions cover a broad spectrum of functions, ranging from infrastructure management and universal intermodal travel information to data analytics needed to continuously optimize operations. This helps operators achieve 100-percent availability, increases passenger throughput and improves travel comfort.
In cooperation with software partners like Bentley Systems, Siemens is using “Building Information Modeling”, a digital twin for the planning, design and construction of complex rail infrastructure projects. This computer-generated model provides an object-oriented, parametric and digital 3D depiction of the planned system.
Also, at InnoTrans, Siemens is presenting another innovation in the sector of rail electrification. For the first time, the company can depict a rail system’s electrical network and energy flows in a data-based real-time simulation. This functions by combining the SCADA network control system (Sitras RSC) with the intelligent energy management system Sitras iEMS together with Sitras Sidytrac Real Time. This enables peak loads to be predicted and avoided, makes critical network conditions transparent, enables train timetables to be optimized by energy demand and consumption, and ultimately reduces energy consumption by up to 15 percent.

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