Archive for category: Technology

Hyperloop system ready to discuss ‘commercialisation’ as it achieves record speeds

Progress on the world's first operational Hyperloop system has continued after achieving historic speeds.
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Facial recognition technology to be trialled at Berlin railway station

Germany’s Ministry of the Interior has announced a pilot project to employ facial recognition technology at Berlin Südkreuz station. The six-month trial will overlay facial recognition software over the station’s existing video surveillance system and will track a database of volunteers. The project is being jointly undertaken by the Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Police, the Federal […]
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Siemens to install predictive maintenance technology on DB Cargo locomotives

DB Cargo has taken a step closer to achieving its 2020 goal of fitting 2,000 trains with diagnostic technology following a new deal with Siemens.
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Hitachi’s Class 800 pass Department for Transport’s ETCS tests

Hitachi’s fleet of new intercity trains has passed tests to run European Train Control Systems (ETCS) in the UK. The UK-built Class 800s are due to enter passenger service this autumn on the Great Western main line and on the East Coast main line from 2018. In a bid to accelerate the modernisation of the […]
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How 3D printing is revolutionising railways around the world

3D printing has been around for decades but has slowly moved towards the mainstream as it becomes increasingly commercialised. A number of sectors have found ways it can benefit them but what use is 3D printing currently having on railways around the world?
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Bombardier and CPB Contractors win $1bn contract for Melbourne Metro Tunnel signalling

The Government of Victoria, Australia, has awarded Bombardier and CPB Contractors a $1 billion contract to install 55km of high-capacity signalling (HCS) in the Metro Tunnel. The Metro Tunnel, which will run from North Melbourne to South Yarra, will connect the existing Sunbury and Cranebourne/Pakenham lines. By doing so, it will remove traffic from the […]
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‘Exciting but there are many problems to solve’ – one British engineer’s view of Hyperloop

A senior British engineer has spoken of her cautious optimism at the successful testing of the futuristic evacuated tube transport system being developed by Hyperloop One. On May 12, around 200 engineers helped to successfully conduct the first system component tests in Nevada, USA, reaching the Phase 1 target speed of 70 mph. This included testing […]
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Union Pacific’s new bridge monitoring tool has the ‘potential to revolutionise’ bridge inspections

The majority of Union Pacific’s (UP) 18,000 bridges are inspected by trained professionals at least twice a year. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 40 per cent of bridges in the USA are 50 years old or more and in-person inspections monitor the health of these vital structures across the country’s railway network. […]
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Union Pacific’s new bridge monitoring tool has the ‘potential to revolutionise’ bridge inspections

The majority of Union Pacific’s (UP) 18,000 bridges are inspected by trained professionals at least twice a year. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 40 per cent of bridges in the USA are 50 years old or more and in-person inspections monitor the health of these vital structures across the country’s railway network. […]
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SNCF acquires online booking platform Loco2

SNCF subsidiary Voyages-SNCF.com has bought online train ticket retailer Loco2. Co-founder Kate Andrews said that the investment will accelerate the company’s development as it has struggled to keep pace with competitors’ spending. She added that the company had encountered “inevitable bumps in the road” as it has grown but reaffirmed the company’s commitment to simplifying rail […]
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Expedia invests in ‘online rail revolution’ with completion of SilverRail deal

Travel company Expedia has announced it has acquired a majority stake in SilverRail, which builds digital infrastructure such as the rail ticketing platform SilverCore for the global rail industry. Expedia has previously said it is ready to be a part of the online revolution in the railway industry and declared its intention to complete the deal back in […]
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