With the development of the digital railway, we enable mobility operators to not only benefit from intelligent trains and infrastructure, but also to deliver an enhanced passenger experience and increase value over the lifecycle of their assets. By supporting the ‘right time’ railway, we are helping to minimise disruption to the travelling public, improving capacity, reliability and connectivity to ensure more frequent and reliable services for passengers.
Visitors to Railtex will be able to sample the benefits of digital technology via an Automatic Train Operation simulator, as well as experience demonstrations around ETCS Hybrid Level 3 and to discuss some of the many applications that we have developed - including remote condition monitoring and connected-driver advisory systems. There will also be a display of our low cost, digital-ready solution which was deployed for the first time on the North Wales Coast upgrade programme.
Our display at Railtex will showcase our rail electrification capability and our comprehensive range which covers the complete spectrum of requirements for AC and DC electrified railways. This includes our static frequency converter analyser, to help optimise energy use and ensure a high degree of availability.
The new Siemens Mobility Velaro Novo high speed train will be at the heart of this display, exemplifying our ability to develop solutions that deliver an enhanced passenger experience through advanced train design, stations, ticketing and passenger information systems.
Alongside the Velaro Novo will be a showcase of our mainline and metro capabilities, together with examples of solutions developed for smart ticketing, passenger information systems, passenger flow and station information systems.
Demonstrating our ability to help operators and insfrastructure owners guarantee availability, an area of the stand will be dedicated to maintenance and customer service solutions. Operating from some of the most adbanced depots in the UK, our experienced teams maintain over 500 Siemens Mobility passenger trains, which run over 65 million miles a year. These highly-skilled teams carry out maintenance 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, improving overall train availability and optimising maintenance operations.
We will also be highlighting our ability to support fleets throughout their lifecycle, with upgrade solutions designed to align with evolving passenger expectations and how predictive maintenance technology is helping to reduce track/depot time and improve lifecycle costs. Visitors to the stand can also view technologies from MRX Technologies, a Siemens Business, including the 3D Vehicle Equipment Measurement System (VEMS) model.
Our Railtex stand will also incorporate information on research projects and plans in development which are contributing to our commitment to increase value sustainably over the entire life cycle. Concept products for level crossings will sit alongside examples of our work with research organisations and academia.
With over 170 years experience in the UK, we are proud to be able to deliver and support projects through their entire lifecycle - from concept design through to manufacture, installations, testing and maintenance. Our manufacturing footprint continues to grow in the UK, which in turn allows us to support ever more UK-based industry suppliers and SMEs.
Across our rail businesses, we employ more than 3,500 people across the UK, working from around 30 locations. We also take our environmental responsibilities seriously, with a range of initiatives in place at our own sites, as well as close partnerships with our delivery and supply partners to improve our site performance.
Looking to the future, we are committed to developing our people and currently have around 200 graduates and apprentices working in our various rail-based business. We are also a founder of the National Training Academy for Rail.
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