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April 29, 2015

Future Rail: Issue 25

In this issue: Xerox’s new Mobility Analytics Platform, contactless payments, more concerns over HS2, trialling a new electric train on UK tracks, preventing animal casualties, and more

By Berenice Baker

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Future Rail: Issue 25 | May 2015

Tools such as Xerox’s new Mobility Analytics Platform are helping operators make the most of big data gathered on transport networks. We find out why this and similar innovations are becoming indispensable to the industry.

With new technologies revolutionising the way we pay, is the rail sector heading towards a cashless future? We discuss the success of contactless and mobile payment systems.

In the UK, we look at Network Rail’s efforts to reduce the risk of accidents on platforms, investigate what a damning new report will mean for the progress of High Speed 2 and get feedback from a trial of a new battery-operated locomotive. Elsewhere, we find out how SNCB Logistics has integrated all its rail cargo planning systems into a single platform, and ask what can be done to prevent animal casualties on railway tracks.

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In this issue

Predicting Passenger PatternsXerox has entered the smart transport market with an intelligent tool geared towards helping municipal authorities better manage and predict passenger flows. Ross Davies learns more about the technology and why big data innovations are becoming indispensable to transport operators Read the full article.

Simplifying MattersBelgian freight operator SNCB Logistics has replaced its rail cargo planning systems with a single platform. Suppliers Quintiq and Ab Ovo tell Julian Turner about the challenges involved in implementing the new systemRead the full article.

Fanning the FlamesA new report by the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee highlights serious shortcomings at the heart of the UK’s hotly debated High Speed 2 project. Eva Grey looks at the damning revelationsRead the full article.

Batteries IncludedThis January marked the first time a purely electric train has run on the UK’s rail network in more than 50 years. Ross Davies asks why it has taken so long and what this move could signify for railways of the futureRead the full article.

Unlocking InfrastructureThe example of the Bermondsey dive-under project in London shows how innovative arch structures are helping to untangle the Thameslink track on the approaches to London Bridge, writes Ramboll director of rail Will DuckettRead the full article.

The Modern TicketThe rollout of contactless payments on the UK transport system has proved a resounding success – confirmation that the next wave of innovation has surely arrived. Eva Grey looks at the newest gadgets revolutionising the way we pay for travelRead the full article.

Step ChangeIn the past five years, 18 people have died and 7,000 injured on the UK rail network as a result of accidents relating to station platforms. Julian Turner finds out how Network Rail’s new platform to train interface project tackles this issueRead the full article.

Caution: Animal CrossingAs high-speed railways continue to spread, more and more cases of animal casualties on railways are coming to light. Eva Grey finds out about the extent of the problem and solutions around the worldRead the full article.

Next issue preview

The EU is working to establish a common set of rights for rail passengers across Europe, yet a new report has revealed that only four member states have implemented these rights in full. We find out why.

Meanwhile, South Africa has major plans to transform its rail network, having recently made its biggest train deal yet, and in the US state of Texas developers are promising a 205mph link between Dallas and Houston within six years. We take a closer look at the two projects.

We also find out how the Train Zero system integration test facility allows for the refinement of new rolling stock earlier in the design process, look inside a new full-scale virtual simulator offering more realistic training for train drivers and explore the redevelopment plans for New Delhi railway station.

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