The future of the rail industry relies on intelligent transport systems that optimize resources and reduce costs. IoT has a lot to say here.
Communications are essential in all sectors, but in the land, sea and air transport sector they go one step further. The railway sector in particular is an industry that is increasingly using IoT-based solutions and secure wireless communication to interconnect both on-board equipment on trains and the infrastructure itself with control centers.
The future of the rail industry relies on intelligent, more automated and connected transport systems that optimise resources and reduce costs.
Therefore, the implementation of smart and secure IoT systems is becoming increasingly necessary, aimed at improving efficiency and communications and integrating data from the different control elements. This increases and improves all services associated with rail transport and interoperability with other modes of transport.
In this digitisation trend, in addition to IoT, other technologies such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence or LTE and 5G communications systems stand out. These technologies are enabling the transition towards the new smart trains, capable of making the most of all the information gathered from different points to improve decision-making in real time.
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The main uses of these technologies in the railway sector include the following:
Technological advances and digitalisation have reached a growing industry: according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum, by 2050, passenger mobility will increase by 200-300% and freight activity by 150-250% compared to 2010.
Moreover, according to experts, the progressive incorporation of these technologies in the sector will reach a percentage of over 74% in 2025, compared to 50% in 2010. It should also be considered that this is an industry which, on a national level, represents approximately 6,500 million euros per year, integrates some 600 companies, 75% of which are SMEs, and creates some 145,000 jobs, both direct and indirect.
Optimising maintenance and data-driven decision making in the rail sector involves the development of Industrial IoT Edge solutions. Barbara IoT has the technology to solve the challenges faced by the rail industry in digitising train-borne assets and equipment.
Barbara' s technology offers resilience to low coverage scenarios; cybersecurity by design, facilitating compliance with regulations and industry standards; and integration with industry protocols, enabling secure communication with on-board industrial equipment.
More specifically, Barbara's Edge technology allows:
1. Connect, analyse and manage data from any industrial asset and integrate it with remote business logic.
2. Develop, deploy, debug, operate and maintain edge computing applications and algorithms.
3. Protect equipment and data with cyber security mechanisms designed in accordance with industry standards such as IEC-62443.
If you want to know more about how Barbara IoT can help your use case, please contact us.