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Track technology companies launch Digital Railway Solutions Alliance

15 European railway track technology companies announced the formation of the Digital Railway Solutions Alliance (DRS Alliance) at the IAF rail trade fair in Münster, Germany last week. The goal of the alliance is an open innovation ecosystem to increase the safety, efficiency and capacity of railway networks.

The concept for effective collaboration to drive digital solutions was born in October 2021, when the rail service and product providers gathered to discuss what they defined as the rail infrastructure industry’s top priority: increased safety, efficiency, and capacity. “We identified key issues to solve, created a shared vision and how to collaborate to drive digital, end-to-end solutions jointly”, said Ilka May,CEO of LocLab and former co-Chair of the EU BIM Task Group

“Our new Alliance brings together best-in-class, technology driven companies, each with a determined focus on optimising railway networks utilising the latest advances in digital innovation, automatisation and data processing,” said Florian Auer, Director of Global Technology and Innovation at Plasser & Theurer, one of the members of the alliance.

The Alliance has set up five priority domains it will focus on to advance digital railway infrastructure solutions.

  • Integrated Sensor Technology Solutions – A holistic portfolio of superior, seamlessly connected, state-of-the-art sensor technology solutions for all railway domains.
  • 3D+ Infrastructure Data Solutions – An interactive 3D+ interface to monitor, access and maintain track assets by means of a digital twin, based on the combined expertise and sensor solutions of DRS Alliance Partners
  • End-2-End Asset Data Management – Effective integration and utilisation of newly generated, digital asset data with historical data from paper and other archives
  • AI-Based Predictive Infrastructure Management – Modular solutions to optimise track and turnout management from assessment to execution
  • Automated Services for Trackside Safety – Automated track maintenance services communicating with the network’s train control system to schedule maintenance slots efficiently while keeping track workers safe

Founding companies

Founding members of the DRS Alliance are 3B Infra, ASC – German Sensor Engineering, DGNSS Sensors, DMA, DRUM – Dynamic Rail Utilities Monitoring, Dual Inventive, Ground Control Geophysics Consulting GmbH, IVE GmbH, LocLab Consulting, Obermeyer Infrastruktur GmbH & Co. KG, Plasser & Theurer, ProVI GmbH, RailRestore, tmc – Track Machines Connected and Vogel & Plötscher.

“Following IAF, the DRS Alliance will immediately focus on strengthening end-to-end solutions for critical railway infrastructure in Europe”, explains Jan Mys, Technical Lead of the DRS Alliance and Managing Director of Global Rail Consulting. “Starting in 2023 and beyond, we’re planning to expand further afield to help reshape rail mobility across the globe.”

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Author: Esther Geerts

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