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Thales Wins first Transportation Contract in Vietnam for Hanoi Metro

HANOI, Vietnam, Feb. 21, 2017 — In its first transportation project in Vietnam, Thales has signed a contract to provide a complete telecommunications system for Line 3 of the Hanoi metro, the first of five lines planned for the Vietnamese capital. A French consortium including Alstom (leader), Colas Rail and Thales signed the contract, valued […]

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How to slash rail maintenance costs by 22% with drones

What’s the business case for drone-based solutions in rail? The drone industry is growing rapidly, and a lot of hype surrounds this futuristic technology. But what tangible benefits do drones present to operators, rail businesses, and maintenance teams? Our new white paper shows how SNCF, BNSF, Deutsche Bahn and other industry leaders have implemented drone-based […]

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How will NEM Solutions’ new app make rail better?

Maintenance technology company NEM Solutions has released a new app that enables maintenance managers to receive real-time updates about the health of railway vehicles directly to their mobile. The availability of train fleet data has been a problem for many decades in the attempt to shift to digitalised rail maintenance. If data is not available […]

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How to lift a 600 tonne high speed train

The Class 390 Alstom Pendolino trains are some of the fastest in the UK. Alstom’s Pendolino technology famously allows the trains to tilt, enabling them to go faster. Running on the West Coast Main line, Virgin Trains’ fleet of Alstom Pendolino trains reach speeds of up to 200 km/h. When you have assets this valuable, […]

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Trimble Acquires Beena Vision to Expand its Rail Portfolio

Vision Technology Automates Train Inspection at High Speeds SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 8, 2017—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that it has acquired privately-held Beena Vision Systems Inc., a manufacturer of vision-based automatic wayside inspection systems for the railroad industry, headquartered in Norcross, Ga. Financial terms were not disclosed. Beena Vision provides vision-based wayside detectors for the […]

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5 Countries That Show Us What The Future Of Rail Looks Like

What do the railways of the future look like? A handful of countries are so pioneering in rail today that they give us a glimpse of things to come. Most countries in the world operate a railway system of some sort, but there are a few who have taken it to the next level. They […]

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies sign agreement with Brno, Czech Republic

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has announced the signing of an agreement with the city of Brno, Czech Republic. The agreement marks the beginning of an investigation into the feasibility of a Hyperloop system to connect Brno with Bratislava, Slovakia. HTT already has a development agreement with Bratislava, with the view to connect it to Prague, […]

100% of Dutch electric trains become wind powered

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the principal passenger railway operator in the Netherlands, has announced that all of the Netherlands’ electric trains are now powered by wind. The Dutch energy company Eneco won a tender two years ago, resulting in the companies signing a 10 year deal. The initial aim was that the trains would be 100% […]

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3 ways that drones could change the railway industry

The power of drones is being harnessed across new industries every day. As drones become more affordable, we are seeing them used in industries from agriculture, to mail delivery, to insurance. Moreover, the number of industries utilising drone technology is set to rocket. Consulting group PwC predicted that by 2020 the global market for drone […]

5 ground breaking innovations that will shape the future of railway maintenance

5 ground-breaking innovations that will shape the future of railway maintenance

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. […]