Digital railway, source: Siemens Mobility

Digitalisation an important success factor for German rail sector

Germany should accelerate the digitalisation of its railways. This is an important success factor for its rail sector and the country itself on the way towards climate-neutral mobility.

That’s why the German Railway Industry Association (VDB), a dedicated association that represents numerous manufacturers of railway products in Germany, has joined forces with the federal government. Its president Michael Fohrer made a joint communication with Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Together they declared common support to the massive acceleration of the rail digitalisation in Germany.

“Digitalisation is an important success factor for the future of rail transport, as it significantly increases the capacity and efficiency of the rail network. Now, especially after the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the railway companies and the federal government are joining forces to accelerate rail 4.0. The rapid technical implementation plays a central role for more significant increase of rail traffic,” Enak Ferlemann stressed.

Innovations are crucial

VDB, in its turn, has stressed the importance of researches and innovations for the development of the German rail sector. A key milestone in this regard was set last year with establishing the German Centre for Rail Traffic Research (DZSF) in Saxony. Moreover, the implementation of innovations must be accelerated by a smart investment policy, as VDB considers. As for German railway companies, they have many digital solutions to be implemented. To do this, a strong alliance of responsibility between politics, operators and industry is required.

“The rail industry in Germany is ready. Our value chains and regional clusters are stable. Now we want and can quickly offer and deliver customer-oriented, emission-free clean mobility ‘made in Germany’. From the digitalisation of the network to the intelligent networking of trains and renewal of rolling stock with alternative drive technologies, we have innovative solutions and we are committed to Germany and Europe,” VDB’s President Michael Fohrer said.

The digitalisation of the German rail sector will be a key topic on the oncoming online RailTech Infra Forum to take place on 17 and 18 June. Visit the conference website to see the full programme and register to participate in the event.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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