process innovation

World’s first zero-emission trains coming to Germany

A fleet of the world’s first zero-emission passenger trains are to be introduced in Germany. Alstom’s Coradia iLint trains are powered by hydrogen and only emit steam into the atmosphere, providing a zero-emission alternative to the country’s 4,000 diesel trains. According to Die Welt, tests will be carried out by the end of the year, with the trains […]

University of Huddersfield launches Centre for Innovation in Rail

LEADING figures in the UK railway industry came to the University of Huddersfield to celebrate the completion of a multi-million pound test rig – the only one of its type in Europe – and the inauguration of a new group that will help to fast track innovations in railway technology. The University is home to […]

HaCon at InnoTrans 2016: Innovations in Digital Passenger Information

HaCon and eos.uptrade jointly presented their cutting-edge mobility solutions at the leading international trade show for transport technology: From September 20th to the 23rd, the software specialists showcased their latest innovations in digital passenger information and mobile ticketing. The new HAFAS Instant Platform HIP enables passengers and transport companies to communicate in real time with […]

Transdev Deploys SmartDrive Rail at Cincinnati Bell Connector to Ensure Passenger and Fleet Safety

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting)—Sept. 13, 2016—SmartDrive Systems, a leader in video-based solutions that reduce risk, improve safety and support transit agencies’ ability to comply with rail regulations and their own guidelines, announced today that Transdev North America, the largest private sector provider of multiple modes of transportation in North America, […]

Why is the railway industry so slow at adopting new innovations and technology?

Over the past twenty years we have seen tremendous technological evolution driven by innovation in the consumer electronics sector, alongside the rise of digital connectivity and the Internet of Things. Yet unlike other dynamic industries, transport companies are struggling to adopt new technological innovations, and this is hindering the growth of the industry itself. Passenger […]

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Mechan equips innovation centre for new IEP trains

Sheffield-based Mechan has installed equipment at a fifth site associated with the Department for Transport’s flagship Intercity Express Programme (IEP). The heavy lifting specialist received two orders from the Rail Innovation Development Centre near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, where the new high speed trains are being trialled. Working with civil engineers, Construction Marine, Mechan designed […]

5 breakthrough innovations and technologies that will shape the future of railway maintenance

We are living in a time of innovation and massive technological advancement, and it is clear that the ever-increasing pace of technological advancement will be a major driver of change in the rail industry in the coming months and years. What’s more, the history of technology teaches us that technological progress is not just linear, […]