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UIC published the IRS 90940 proposing the new SFERA protocol for data exchange with Driver Advisory Systems (DAS)

Driver Advisory Systems (DAS) are key tools in improving performance in the short term without tremendous investment.

A common solution is necessary to make this improvement potential available now to the largest number of trains, including in the context of international operations.
Therefore, UIC Members met in the context of the SFERA project (Smart communications For Efficient Railways Activities) to create a universal DAS messaging protocol for operators and infrastructure managers to enable DAS’s potential.

This resulted in a new International Railway Solution (IRS) introducing the SFERA protocol and specifying technical guidelines to handle data exchange with DAS. It will help operators to work seamlessly across borders and speed up the implementation of advice to driver connected to real-time traffic management (Connected DAS or C-DAS).

The SFERA protocol also accommodates Automatic Train Operations (ATO) and other DAS applications, working both over the European Train Control System and other train protection systems.

By using this harmonised DAS protocol:

  • Railway Undertakings (RU) can choose their preferred DAS products and increase their energy savings
  • Infrastructure Managers can offer a single interface to all RUs regardless of the DAS supplier
  • migration between products is facilitated, e.g. to other train protection systems or to other Automatic Train Operation systems
  • RUs and IMs ensure more consistency and compatibility in the solutions they invest in

We are happy to announce that the IRS is now available to download for free by heading to UIC online ETF shop:
https://www.shop-etf.com/en/data-exchange-with-driver-advisory-systems-das-following-the-sfera-protocol.html
(Complete the purchasing process and you will be offered to download the IRS as a compressed file)

If you would like to know more about the SFERA project and the IRS’s publication, you will find on the 4 June Launch webinar’s event page:

Also, the SFERA success story is continuing with the second stage of the project as the SFERA maintenance and DAS experts group that will continue to bring together UIC Members in a “maintenance group” and both UIC Members and DAS stakeholders as the “users’ group”. By considering the feedback of the users’ group, the maintenance will take care of:

  • IMs or RUs’ needs that cannot be fulfilled by the current version of SFERA
  • new legislations that demand adaptations
  • technological developments or threats (e.g. cyber security) that require changes
  • future international standards
  • new versions of AoE SUBSET-126 that are published, etc.

Railways and stakeholders are warmly invited to participate!

For further information please contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy Environment and Sustainability Advisor – Sustainable Development Unit:
stefanos@uic.org

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Translate4Rail progresses well with the target of breaking the language barrier in the railway system

The Shift2Rail funded project “Translate4Rail” (T4R), which is a two-year project, coordinated by the UIC Freight Department as a common project of UIC and RNE, as a joint initiative between railway undertakings (RUs) represented by UIC and infrastructure managers (IMs) represented by RailNetEurope (RNE), held its Advisory Board Meeting as a web conference on 9 July 2020.

In order to achieve the target to enable drivers and traffic controllers to understand each other even though they each speak in their native language, the board was informed about the state of play on the progress of the Language Tool development, which is fed with predefined standardised messages and also able to work with free speech.

During the demonstration of the progress in tool developement and while discussing the iteration between the improvement and optimisation of guidelines, safety and the language tool; Mihaela Williams representative of the European Commission clearly pointed out that the Commission had the approach T4R is implementing in mind, with regard to regulation (EU) 2019/554 amending Annex VI to Directive 2007/59/E in which the opportunity is offered to explore alternative options to the current language requirements allowing for greater flexibility but ensuring at least an equivalent level of safety with the current requirements.

In the first T4R pilots governed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG (ÖBB Infra) in which the language tool will be tested involves Rail Cargo Group (RCA). The T4R Consortium also warmly welcomes two other railway undertakings, DB Cargo Italy (DB Cargo) and Mercitalia, which have shown a significant interest in participating in the pilot testing.

The project partners, UIC and RNE, are supported by RUs, IMs, CIT, VDV, EUAR, NEW OPERA who are the part of the project Stakeholder Advisory Board. Other interested stakeholders are welcome to contact UIC.

For further information please contact:
UIC: Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director
gehenot@uic.org
Constanze Bannholzer, Senior Freight Advisor
bannholzer@uic.org
Philip Van Den Bosch, Senior Freight Advisor
vandenbosch@uic.org
RNE: Peter Šišolák, Head of TM and TPM
peter.sisolak@rne.eu
Juraj Maliaček, Traffic Management Manager
juraj.maliacek@rne.eu

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Update on the African Integrated High-Speed Railway Network by AUDA-NEPAD

The African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) has released a video capturing the conception, design and implementation plan for the African Integrated High-Speed Railway Network. The seven-minute video includes reports from across Africa, dedicated to railway revival, expansion and modernisation in the spirit of the continental rail plan.

The High-Speed Railway project was endorsed by the African Union (AU) Heads of State at the 2013 24th AU Summit as part of “Agenda 2063.” The project has seen completion of the technical feasibility study and consequent unprecedented construction and procurement decisions among the economic blocs and individual national governments.

The target is the achievement of the first three objectives by 2033, namely: Interconnecting landlocked countries, connecting regions of Africa together and establishing Trans-Africa beltways. The master plan of the railway links has also been analysed and prioritised. The Dar es Salaam-Kigali link combined with the Kampala-Kigali-Bujumbura, as well as the Walvis Bay-Windhoek-Gaborone-Pretoria, have been identified as pilots for accelerated development. In addition, ten other regional pilots have been identified as priority projects and will be subjected to feasibility assessment as soon as possible.

The planned network will connect the 16 landlocked countries in Africa to major seaports and neighbouring countries. It will establish interoperability of railways across different regions, create East-West / North-South land-bridges and interconnect African capitals. This will the interconnection of major commercial and economic hubs to boost economic growth and intra-African free trade, as well as complement the African Continental Free Trade Area.

The AUDA-NEPAD’s Technical Coordination Team and African Union Commission’s Directorate of Infrastructure and Energy, are providing guidance for the implementation, seeing as African leaders have demonstrated political will to address lack of rail connectivity, interoperability questions and high cost of transportation. The net impact of less connectivity is reduced intra-Africa trade, under-developed manufacturing, agriculture and mineral extraction and an over reliance on the world for imports and exports. These and more are reasons why Africa is presently witnessing railway renaissance across the economic blocs.

The video that has been produced to capture progress on this project shows rail development across the various regions and nations of the continent, as confirmation that Africa is demonstrating political will to ensure execution of Agenda 2063, of which the high-speed railway is a major component.
Links to the video:

English:

French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkJiverJ_6k&feature=youtu.be

For further information please contact:
Thierry Bera, UIC CFO: bera@uic.org
Ms Mwanja Ng’anjo, African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (media): mwanjan@nepad.org
Mr Louis Napo Gnagbe, African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (technical): louisg@nepad.org

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UIC participates in Joint UNESCAP-OSJD Virtual Meeting of Experts on Challenge and Opportunities for International Railway Transport along the T.A.R. Network and beyond during Covid-19

Bangkok, 7 – 8 July 2020

This virtual event, prepared in the spirit of cooperation and solidarity between the UIC long term Partners UNESCAP and OSJD, was hosted in Bangkok on 7 – 8 July 2020.

Jointly prepared by MM. Sandeep Jain of UNESCAP and Nikolay Nuyanzin of OSJD, and moderated by Mrs Azhar Jaimurzina Ducrest of UNESCAP, it allowed about 24 experts from 13 different countries from Asia and Europe to present interesting and relevant papers on the current situation in the Asia Pacific Region, battered by the current Covid-19 pandemic (in terms of policy responses and experience faced by railways, and also in view of enhancing the sustainability of railway transport and reporting on the latest development in electronic information exchange among railways and between railways and control agencies).

The Opening Session was addressed by MM. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of UNESCAP, Tadeusz Szozda, Chairman of OSJD Committee (video message), Hadi Soleimanpour, Secretary General of ECO and François Davenne, Director General of UIC, who gave a presentation on the latest activities undertaken by the UIC Covid-19 Task Force, recalling the joint efforts made by 70 UIC members, together with 18 international organisations, in order to set up new safety measures, rules and regulations, building RAILsilience together, and restoring confidence in rail travel.

Mr Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of Fundamental Values at UIC, also presented the latest UIC initiatives undertaken for enhancing the sustainability of railways and providing smart solutions for railway transport.

Several projects, like LOWNOISEPAD (noise and vibration), REUSE (sustainable land use), CLEAN AIR, SFERA (energy efficiency), ECOSCORING (financing for “green” railway projects – directly related to 6 U.N. SDGs), among others, were presented. The Railway Climate Declaration (New 2019 Pledge) was been recalled on this occasion.

The two half-a-day sessions were attended by 120 representatives from 25 member countries of both UNESCAP and OSJD (government agencies and operators), as well as 11 international organisations, including UIC.

For further information, please contact Milko Papazoff, UIC ASEAN Representative, and Irina Petrunina, UIC Adviser on CIS Countries and International Organisations:
fapmilko@gmail.com and petrunina1212@gmail.com

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Customer Experience Management Platform meeting held on 29 June 2020

The CEMP working group members met remotely for their third meeting on 29 June 2020 with the presence of SBB, MAV-START, OEBB, EUSKOTREN, CFL, SNCB and UIC.

CEMP is a 24-month UIC project with the aim to create a platform for networking, workshops and best practice and expertise exchange regarding Customer Experience and further develop tools for CX assessment and management.

During the meeting, representatives addressed the first topic of the CEMP project Class differentiation, services onboard and catering” focusing on the following aspects:

  • General information about classes (number of classes, staff and customer service etc.)
  • Service differentiation (catering, dedicated assistance, lounges etc.)
  • Cabin layout and amenities (level of comfort, spacing, WC, power outlets etc.)
  • Business and economic aspects

The next meeting will take place on September 2020 and will tackle the topic of digitalisation and digital challenges in relation with CX.

For further information please contact Amin Saadaoui, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department: saadaoui@uic.org

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In the context of the Shift2Rail project “RIDE2RAIL” that UIC is a part of, two surveys have been prepared

The Ride2Rail project (https://ride2rail.eu/) is working to facilitate the efficient combination of ride-sharing and scheduled public transport services such as rail and bus.

The project will integrate multiple (public/private/social) data sets and existing transport platforms to make ride-sharing a complementary transport mode that extends public transport and rail networks.

Help us complete our conversational surveys on #ridesharing (https://bit.ly/rs-r2r) and on choice criteria for #multimodal #transport (https://bit.ly/cc-r2r). We would be very grateful if you could share our surveys. #MaaS #EUtransport #Shift2Rail #mobility

For further information please contact Amin Saadaoui, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department: saadaoui@uic.org

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UIC welcomes Rail Baltica as new member during IRS webinar

Policymakers responsible for the €5.8bn Rail Baltica project presented the latest plans and supplier opportunities during the webinar ‘Rail Baltica as driver of economic development in the post-Covid recovery’ on 1 July 2020. The webinar was produced by the International Railway Summit in association with Rail Baltica, and moderated by the UIC’s Director for Europe, Simon Fletcher.

During the webinar, Mr Fletcher officially welcomed Rail Baltica as a new member of UIC, following the General Assembly’s approval to admit the Baltic network the day before. Rail Baltica is slated to begin operation in 2026. The 870km network is to be built on the UIC standard gauge, will connect Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, currently operating on the Russian gauge, to the majority of the EU rail network.

Rail Baltica was represented by Kaspars Briškens, Head of Strategy & Development, and Kristjan Piirsalu, Chief Procurement Officer. Mr Briškens assured the audience that the project had suffered no disruption, and shown great resilience through the pandemic. Furthermore, Rail Baltica could drive post-COVID economic recovery, he said. Mr Piirsalu detailed components and construction work supply requirements, and areas in which they will soon open tenders.

Herald Ruijters, Director Investment, Innovative & Sustainable Transport, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), European Commission, renewed the EU’s commitment to the project as a missing link in the Single European Railway Area. He proposed Rail Baltica as a template for multimodal integration and the adoption of state-of-the-art technologies.

Both Kaspars Briškens and Herald Ruijters promoted the ‘dig once’ approach to broader infrastructure development. “When you put a shovel in the ground for rail infrastructure, make sure you co-develop other types of infrastructure at the same time,” Mr Briškens said, giving digital, 5G, energy, and defence systems as examples.

In addition, BBT SE, the organisation building the Brenner Base Tunnel, provided an update on works and construction strategies. Sandro Francesconi, Head of Administration, and Giuseppe Venditti, Head of Realisations Department, Italian sector, spoke. Valentina Monaco, Global Head of Rail Infrastructure at TÜV SÜD, explained what she had advised Rail Baltica, primarily regarding component and construction material procurement.

‘Rail Baltica as driver of economic development in the post-Covid recovery’, was part 1 of the two-part webinar series ‘Rail Baltica: opportunities in Europe’s latest megaproject’, presented in association with Rail Baltica.

Part 2, ‘A connected and sustainable Rail Baltica’, took place on 16 July, and tackled innovation, sustainability and digitalisation, providing details of supplier opportunities within the field of subsystems, such as signalling and electrification.
Part 1 and Part 2 are now available free to view on-demand at the International Railway Summit website via: https://www.irits.org/rail-webinars/

For more information: please contact Anuja Raut, IRITS Events at anuja.raut@irits.org

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Tweet of the week 6 July – 10 July

Today we are putting the spotlight on the Webinar on Latin American rail networks

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Audiovisual material on Covid-19 available in the UIC mediacenter – 16 July

UIC has received, selected and gathered a number of films and other audiovisual material on Covid-19 from its members and partners that are now available in the UIC Mediacenter.

The collection is updated on a regular basis.

This week’s latest additions include films from Morocco and Spain.

Feel free to consult them here :
https://mediacenter.uic.org/en/nl-nav/83-videos-audios/template/first-level

Do not hesitate to send us your films through the task force team at covid19@uic.org

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Italy: FS Italiane in India with Italferr to design the Kanpur and Agra subways

In partnership with the Spanish company Typsa

FS Italiane, with its engineering company Italferr and in partnership with the Spanish company Typsa, has been awarded the design activities and supervision works of the underground lines of Kanpur and Agra, two of the largest industrial cities in Northern India.

The contract, entered into with Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC), has a five-year duration and a total value of over 43 million euro – with the Italferr share being over 19 million euro – and foresees the planning of four corridors (for a total length of over 62 kilometres) between Kanpur and Agra, including 57 stations and four depots.

This is FS Italiane’s most important contract in India, with which the engineering company confirms its place as a leader not only in the high-speed sector but also in the international metropolitan public transport panorama, becoming one of the main players in the Indian engineering market.

The entire operation, worth some 2.4 billion euro, is financed with funds from the Indian government and the European Investment Bank.

Specifically, the new Kanpur metro line shall unfurl along two main corridors. The first is from Kanpur to Naubasta and the second from the Agricultural University, having an overall length over 32 kilometres, 30 stations and 2 depots. The Agra metro line will also include two corridors connecting Sikandra to Taj East Gate and Agra Cantt to Kalindi Vihar respectively, for a total distance of over 30 kilometres with 27 stations and 2 depots.

FS Italiane has already been present in India with Italferr for some years, even having a branch in New Delhi that will be transformed into a company in the coming months.

FS Italiane has been present in India since 2016, dedicated to realising strategic works, including the design and supervision of the construction of the Anji Khad Bridge – the first cable-stayed bridge with the utmost technical prestige – as well as project management consulting for the development of two new metro lines in Mumbai. As of 2017, Italferr also took on the quality and safety inspection activities for the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor – Khurja-Dadri Section project, one of the peak freight corridors for the Indian railways.

Stable growth in the Indian subcontinent market continued throughout 2019, with the award of the design of and support in the construction of the two lots for the railway line between Rishikesh and Karanprayag (at a length of 125 kilometres) in the state of Uttarakhand. Italferr was additionally granted responsibility for the general consultancy activities of the most important project in the Delhi region, pioneering the “Regional Rapid Transit” programme, which concerns the development of a railway service in the city that reaches a speed of 180 kilometres per hour.

(Source: FS Italiane)

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Norway: Big job at Jaren lifts Gjøvikbanen

Bane NOR has signed a contract with Gjermundshaug Anlegg for the extension of the Jaren station. This is part of a major investment that opens up for hourly departures on the Gjøvik railway.

The contract is a comprehensive contract that includes various station measures and tracks for parking of trains. With a total limit of approximately NOK 300 million, this is the largest single contract to date for Gjermundshaug Anlegg.

The station area will be upgraded with, among other things, new side platforms for tracks 1 and 3, as well as new transition bridges over the tracks. The bridge gets a lift, and all platforms become universally accessible to all user groups.

The provision area at the station will be expanded to accommodate six train sets distributed over three tracks. A new operating and maintenance base with office buildings and sports access for rail-mounted work machines is also included.

  • Bane NOR is an important customer for the Gjermundshaug group, and it means a lot to us that we have now been assigned this job. We will carry out this project in such a way that the final result meets expectations and without any damage, says CEO Ole Gjermundshaug.
  • We look forward to working together on what will be a hectic construction period on the project. The plan is to be completed in the spring of 2022, says project manager Frank Kobbhaug at Bane NOR.

New time for Gjøvikbanen

  • The job we will be doing at Jaren is part of the largest investment on the Gjøvik line since it was electrified in 1963, Kobbhaug points out.

By the end of 2022, Bane NOR will have completed upgrading the track and stations to well over a billion kroner. These measures contribute to the capacity for hourly frequencies for both the regional trains between Gjøvik and Oslo (R30) and the local trains to and from the Jaren (L3).

Freight traffic and local traffic in the southern part of the Gjøvik railway are tight and therefore capacity must be increased along the entire route. In addition to the Jaren, measures are being taken on cruise tracks and several other stations. Read more in this case.

In December 2022, the new digital signal system ERTMS will also be introduced on the Roa – Gjøvik route. This increases the capacity and reliability of the route. Gjøvikbanen is one of the first routes to use the new signal system in Norway.

(Source: Bane NOR)

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Korea: The Korea Railroad has informed the world of Covid-19 response know-how

UN ESCAP-OSJD co-sponsored video seminar to announce cases of prevention and public interest
WB and UIC are also introduced earlier … Continue cooperation, such as sharing experiences with the international community

  • Participated in a video seminar (webinar) jointly hosted by the United Nations Asia-Pacific Economic and Social Council (UN ESCAP) [1] and the International Railway Cooperation Organization (OSJD [2]) held by the Korea Railroad (KORAIL) from 7 to 8 Sharing experiences.
  • Despite the situation in which the number of train users sharply dropped to 30% compared to the previous year after the occurrence of Covid-19, the Korean Railroad maintains normal operation during the week to secure citizens’ mobility rights, and is engaged in preemptive prevention and public interest support activities. We are being invited to webinars one after another.
  • In this webinar, more than 100 people from 36 organisations, including government officials and railroad operators of UN ESCAP and OSJD member countries, participated in the Corona 19 Era International Railway Transport and Asian Transit Railroad Network’s Challenges and Opportunities for International Railway Transport along Trans-Asian Railway Network and beyond in the times of Covid-19 Pandemic).
  • In the case presentation session, the Korean Railway established a joint defense system with the government and local governments
    • All stations are operated twice a day, KTX is released more than 4.5 times
    • Priority release of windows for social distances and expansion of unreserved seats
    • Airports for international immigrants only Bus and KTX exclusive car operation
    • Introduced the current status of segregation of traffic lines and hand disinfectants.

Along with this, Korean Railway explained to the public about free transportation of medical volunteers and the campaign to wear masks, and presented a future vision to prepare for the post-corona era.

In the seminar, participants also participated in reviewing long- and short-term measures to increase the sustainability of international rail freight transport, and also discussed ways to work together between ESCAP-OSJD to strengthen international rail transportation.

  • Meanwhile, the Korea Railroad was previously invited to the World Bank [3] webinar in May, and announced the Corona 19 response strategy for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), railway operators in Asia and Africa, and non-governmental organisations.

In April, the UIC (International Union of Railways) also introduced the current status of Korea Railroad’s rapid corona response twice on its website.

  • An official from the Korea Railroad said, “It is thanks to the cooperation of the people and the people in solidarity and cooperation that the Korean railway’s response to Covid-19 is attracting attention in international organisations that have a large number of member countries around the world. “We plan to share the infectious disease response process and know-how with related organisations.”

(Source: Korail)


[1(Asia-Pacific Economic and Social Commission, ESCAP) As an international organisation for economic development of Asia Pacific countries (62 countries) under the UN established in 1947, Korea joined in 1954.

[2(International Railway Cooperation Agency, OSJD) It consists of governments and railroad operating institutions in 29 countries including Korea, Russia, China, and North Korea. Selected as two major international railway organisations along with the International Union of Railways (UIC)

[3(World Bank, WB), a multilateral development bank established in 1945 aimed at combating poverty worldwide and economic development in developing countries.

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Germany: Higher efficiency thanks to a new view – DB Schenker implements smart picking glasses for warehouse logistics

Picavi smart picking solution test phase completed - Large-scale roll-out planned after successful local implementation in Germany - Significant efficiency gains from pick-by-vision solution

Leading global logistics service provider DB Schenker has successfully introduced Picavi’s smart glasses in order-picking operations, with the goal of implementing the smart picking solution as standard procedure across multiple locations. During a trial period, the smart picking application was thoroughly explored in Bremen and Rodgau, Germany, with the team in Rodgau combining the solution with intelligent scanning glove ProGlove.

A video illustrates the testing in Rodgau:

https://youtu.be/-uRJ5kDQeY8

Xavier Garijo, Board Member for Contract Logistics at DB Schenker, said, “Here at DB Schenker, we are continuously searching for ways to improve our operations by efficiency gains. Our partnerships with Picavi and ProGlove are two of our latest success stories as we drive innovations in contract logistics. By introducing smart glasses and smart gloves in our warehouses, we are investing in our future as the supply chain partner of choice for companies around the world.”

Picavi uses Google Glasses to project required information into the user’s field of vision. This means warehouse workers have both hands available for their primary work of picking goods instead of holding a hand scanner and paper documents. The innovative, handsfree solution maximizes productivity while minimizing error rates.

ProGlove is an intelligent scanning glove which is activated by pressing a button on the glove, allowing employees to use both hands for picking and further increasing productivity. ProGlove is already in use at DB Schenker’s warehouse in Eching, near Munich.

DB Schenker’s location in Bremen supplies contract logistics solutions for the automotive industry. The usage of Picavi glasses led to a measurable and direct increase in efficiency compared to the previously hand-held scanners. Employees praised their ergonomic advantages and ease-of-use.

The second implementation took place in Rodgau, near Frankfurt, where Picavi glasses are used in combination with ProGlove to further increase efficiency.

Jens Harig, CEO of Picavi: “The fact that a company like DB Schenker, with almost 800 contract logistics locations worldwide, has effectively implemented a proof of concept with us testifies to the performance of the Picavi smart glasses. The strong visual guidance and hands-free approach distinguishes the pick-by-vision solution from other picking systems. This is where we set standards for the market - and within the future of DB Schenker.”

The smart-picking solution consists of two components: the glasses and either a finger ring or scanning glove. After the ordered item is picked, which is recorded by the ring or glove scanner, the next order is displayed on the lens of the glasses. The user only needs to look up slightly, meaning their normal field of vision is not compromised. The system is controlled using buttons on the battery pack, which weighs just 200 grams and is attached to the employee’s belt.

The cooperation with Picavi is the latest project in digitalization and innovation, as DB Schenker works to create the warehouse of the future. Other recent examples include virtual reality training for forklift drivers and the implementation of exoskeletons to relieve warehouse employees of heavy loads.

(Source: DB Schenker)

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Belgium: Alstom and ProRail to test automated shunting with Lineas locomotive

Starting in 2021, Alstom and ProRail will test Automatic Train Operations (ATO) using a Lineas shunting locomotive. Lineas is proud to support this first European test of automated shunting which will be a key technology in the future digitized railway system.

Lineas, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, is supporting ProRail and Alstom to test ATO in shunting activities. ATO has been identified as one of five technologies that will enable rail freight companies to double rail volumes in Europe and thereby help deliver on the EU Green Deal’s target for smart and sustainable mobility.

Geert Pauwels, CEO of Lineas: “Technologies like ATO can increase safety and efficiency for both our train drivers and our customers. This will be key if we want to capture the 30% transport growth on rail instead of on already saturated roads.”

The tests will see a Lineas diesel-hydraulic shunting locomotive being equipped with Alstom’s automatic control technology, intelligent obstacle detection and recognition. The project will first focus on the development of the software for automating tasks such as starting and stopping, coupling of wagons, controlling of traction and brakes, and the handling of emergencies (obstacle detection). Tests will start in 2021 under the supervision of authorized train staff.

(Source: Lineas)

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