We are living in a time of innovation and massive progress. It is clear that the ever-increasing pace of technological achievements will be a major driver of change in the rail industry in the coming months and years.
What’s more, the history of innovation teaches us that technological advancement is not just linear, but exponential.
Today, we are witnessing huge advances in the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and the cognitive sciences (known as the NBIC fields). Developments in nanotechnology and material science are leading us towards lighter, stronger, and greener materials. Innovations such as 3D printing are set to transform the supply chain, drastically reducing the need for mass-produced manufacturing, transportation and storage.
The implications of such developments for the railway industry are huge.
In our latest white paper we look in detail at five technologies that are having a big impact in railway maintenance: automatic vehicle inspection, drones, condition-based maintenance, additive manufacturing, and LiDAR technology.
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