HxGN LIVE Resiliency Series: Embrace evolving rail and transit technology and shape your future

Rail operators and public transportation authorities need to modernize to stay competitive, while also ensuring safe and reliable services.

In 2019 in the European Union, rail passenger transportation accounted for an estimated 416 billion passenger kilometers, an increase of 3.4 percent compared with 2018, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU. Meanwhile, Data Bridge Market Research in March 2021 reported that the Global (United States, European Union and China) Railway System Market is expected to increase to an estimated value of $37.86 billion by 2026. To keep pace with demand, rail operators and public transportation authorities need to be able to adapt and embrace evolving technology to smoothly transition to the future of this growing sector.

Join us at the HxGN LIVE Resiliency Series to discuss how rail and transportation organizations can thrive despite challenging times.

Here’s a quick look at some of the topics we’ll cover during the series.

Empower your business with complete asset and operational information

Railway and transit systems are essential components to a country or region’s transportation infrastructure, moving both the travelers and goods. The systems are complex, covering miles of track connected by multiple platforms and stations. While software applications are used to manage these systems, oftentimes they are disjointed, leading to a lack of operational efficiency and transparency.

Through the automation and digitization of a railway or transit system’s infrastructure maintenance, construction and traffic management processes, operators and authorities can not only address efficiency and transparency, but also better control costs and streamline administrative tasks. An integrated approach to planning and operational information and processes can support a system’s workforce, enabling it to efficiently manage assets and workflows.

Achieve deeper understanding with digital twins

Railway networks are complex, and malfunctions or delays can cause disruptions— both at the site and down the line— affecting the provider and travelers who depend on the reliability of this critical service. To manage this complexity, public transportation agencies rely on different data sources, frequently spread across multiple systems, departments and formats, that can’t be synchronized and viewed in real-time. This makes it difficult to have a holistic view on the conditions of the different assets and to prioritize and coordinate maintenance.

By combining all asset and spatial data into an integrated network information system and common operational picture, organizations can avoid data duplication and ensure users have access to accurate and up-to-date information across the enterprise. Incorporating GIS, 3D and Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities enables transportation authorities to create an advanced digital twin, a real-life reflection of the as-operated network.

Prevent network and infrastructure problems before they occur

Hundreds or thousands of miles of track and connected infrastructure require comprehensive monitoring and surveillance to ensure smooth and trouble-free operations. The identification and measurement of railway structures using manual processes can takes analysts months or even years due to the amount of data and the labor involved.

We’ll discuss how to achieve faster and higher-precision mapping of railway infrastructure using AI. Learn how you can, with the use of LiDAR, automatically identify and measure railway structures and save time and resources, at the same time improving planning and operations across the rail network. See how you can automate the extraction and calculation of railway features from sensor data, leveraging AI to automatically analyze point cloud data to identify different structure types and perform measurements on the structures, leading to improvements in safety.

Reduce threat and incident impacts with proactive monitoring and response

For rail and transit operators, ensuring safe operations is crucial, while also supporting efficient and profitable services. Minimizing response times to incidents maximizes the ability to contain problems, resulting in better outcomes and faster reinstatement of service. On open tracks or in tunnels, proper initiation of emergency procedures is key to managing critical events. Operators need to be able to identify risks, improve response, and protect critical infrastructure.

One way to streamline the flow of critical information before and especially during an active threat or incident is by employing incident management systems, which allows users from call takers to field workers access to the same up-to-the-minute data. Integrating systems can lead to increased public safety and reduction in the negative impact threats and incidents pose to railway and transit systems.

Enable easier collaboration with other services and stakeholders

Daily management of complex railway and transit systems requires all functions to work in concert with one another. An extreme weather event, breakdown, or an emergency incident can cause a detrimental disruption in service, leading to, at best, inconvenience to passengers and operators or worse, catastrophic safety concerns. To prevent or work through and recover from an incident, your network must not only work together, but also collaborate with other service providers and stakeholders.

We’ll talk about how connecting data-driven departments and organizations allows users to access all critical data from the original source, leading to upticks in efficiency, performance, and safety for day-to-day tasks and operations, projects and planning, and response times to incidents of all sizes.

Pre-register now for the HxGN LIVE Resiliency Series!

Free to attend, the HxGN LIVE Resiliency Series will take place June 8, 10, 15, and 17 with multiple online sessions each day across different time zones around the world. We will feature industry thought leaders, topics, and trends during panel discussions, roundtables, one-on-one interviews, and more.

We’ve launched the HxGN LIVE Resiliency Series event site for pre-registration. Visit the event page, check out the topics, sign up, and receive notifications about the series.