Digital services for railways
Offerings for smarter management of rail assets
Whether it’s superior reliability, guaranteed availability, maximized throughput, or better lifecycle cost efficiency, digital services from Siemens Mobility Rail Services provide you with the key to achieving your business objectives. From connectivity and measurement technology to intelligent algorithms and precise analytics, we offer a comprehensive portfolio for optimized maintenance operations – supported by our experts’ decades of practical experience in rail service. Digital rail services consist of a powerful combination of our Railigent X Application Suite and our professional services. More than 300,000 devices and systems that meet the latest IT security standards are already connected to Railigent X. We build on this strong foundation by continuously expanding our digital service offerings so you can generate even more value from your rail system’s data.
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Leveraging the strength of rail service with digital servicesYou can use our digital services to exploit the full potential of the digital transformation. And thanks to smart data, you can manage and even anticipate disruptions. Benefit from new approaches designed to boost reliability, availability, and efficiency through predictive maintenance, optimized asset management, and efficient operation.
Anticipating failures – boosting performance
Our digital rail services portfolio starts with two product lines that collect high-quality asset data: connectivity and data transmission contain offerings for collecting diagnostic data in a safe and secure manner from your rail assets’ control units. Measurement and monitoring comprise offerings for non-intrusively collecting asset condition data by scanning the rail assets using sensors and cameras as they pass by. At the heart of the digital services portfolio are four product lines that generate value from the collected asset data:
- Maintenance intelligence consists of digital offerings to support the maintainer in achieving maximum asset availability and affordable lifecycle costs.
- Operations intelligence contains digital offerings to support the operator in achieving maximum reliability and minimizing delays.
- Lifecycle intelligence supports the asset manager in planning renewal measures.
- Digital asset management for rail systems combines the offerings above to optimize the entire lifecycle cost of rail systems.
Finally, our customer portfolio contains two product lines consisting of professional services to support the operator and the maintainer with the increasing deployment of onboard IT systems. Cybersecurity services helps the operator manage the risk of cyber-attacks, and IT care services supports the maintainer with software maintenance services for onboard IT systems.
How digital services create added valueRailigent application suiteOpen ecosystem integrating best-in-class rail applicationsAnalytics expertiseArtificial intelligence combined with unique domain know-howRail expertiseArtificial intelligence combined with unique domain know-howOperations & maintenanceOptimized service for 100% availabilityRolling stock & rail infrastructureTrains and infrastructure securely connected across systemsRail cyber security servicesSustainable IT security for rail systemsMeasurementsAutomated measurement of rail vehicles and tracks
Secure connectivity of rolling stock & infrastructureConnectivity toolbox for rail assetsVarious standardized solutions for assets of all types and ages are provided by our connectivity toolbox. Designed for integration into safety-critical rail systems, it uses the latest certified security mechanisms for data transmission across networks.Bridging the legacy gap for 100% availabilityDigital services for both infrastructure and rolling stock enable monitoring and analysis across systems. Currently more than 90 customer implementations are in operation, already delivering tangible value.Rolling stockTo date, more than 1,600 trains and locomotives are transmitting data about their location and status. As an example, continuous fleet monitoring combined with predictive models and machine learning algorithms leads to an early detection of anomalies of important Velaro D components. This means greater availability of high-speed trains for Deutsche Bahn.Rail infrastructureOver 42,000 assets are already connected, from level crossings and EOT devices to entire operation control systems and interlockings. As a result, more than 80% of failures from blocked or faulty point switches for Deutsche Bahn Interlocking Bremen are prevented through Smart Monitoring and Smart Data Analysis applications on Railigent.
Constant monitoring and management of cyber security threatsIndustry expertise in rail systems and IT securityAs rail systems experts with a modular service portfolio, we provide and implement seamless IT security concepts adapted to individual requirements – without the need for third parties. This reduces the cost to the operator and limits the disclosure of sensitive information.IT security trainingMaking your staff allies in the fight against cyber attacks, is the key to rail security.Threat and risk analysisRail cyber security services include assessment of the current IT architecture, identification of threats and vulnerabilities, risk evaluation and recommendation of preventative measures. If required, we perform penetration tests to simulate cyber attacks, detecting and closing security gaps before they become a problem.Continuous monitoring of IT securityThe system data flows are monitored automatically in near real time. This allows for irregularities and potential threats to be detected quickly and reported reliably.
Ensure system availability with automated measurement and monitoringContinuous information about track condition via smartphone appNo slow, expensive monitoring trains anymore, for whose runs tracks have to be closed: Thanks to the track monitoring smartphone app and the sensors that smartphones are equipped with today, a smartphone can be placed in the driver’s cab of a revenue train and records data continuously during normal operation. The collected track data is sent to Railigent.Monitoring the track status and detecting rail breaksThe train-mounted broken rail detection system checks the condition of the rail network during operation, identifies any damage, and reports the rail status to the following train. That improves rail safety and operation.Measurement of complete rail track sectionsDigital Track Capturing (DTC) allows measuring complete rail track sections in a short period of time using modern LiDAR scan technology and precise GNSS geo reference methods. The digital results can be used for measurements and for investigating environmental situations in the field, without the cost of a business trip.Optimizing and facilitating the maintenance of rolling stockVehicle equipment measurement systems (VEMS) provide a range of automated inspection equipment for rail vehicles to determine their serviceability and safety. The modular measurement solutions are installed on or adjacent to the track to provide contactless roll-by checks of vehicle integrity, wheels, brakes, pantographs, and collector shoes.
Railigent application suite for best-in-class asset performance managementApp developmentThe Railigent application suite includes apps developed by Siemens data analytics and engineering experts. These enable failure prediction, remote monitoring and diagnosis, as well as more efficient maintenance and operations.Joint app developmentTo provide additional insights for various components and infrastructure elements, we also develop new applications together with partners. For example, with the Dutch firm Strukton, we have developed an app that automatically detects incipient malfunctions in rail infrastructures using video inspection. Operators benefit from substantial cost savings and increased rail safety.API integrationRailigent integrates 3rd-party apps to allow comprehensive asset management within one solution. For example, by integrating an IoT app solution from SKF, a Swedish supplier of bearing units, Railigent now supplies data for the condition-based maintenance of roller bearings.Open ecosystemAs an open ecosystem, Railigent integrates our own apps, apps developed with partners and 3rd-party apps from partners and customers. This enables even more comprehensive asset management of rail fleets and infrastructures.
Deep domain know-how and customer proximityMindSphere Application Centers for Mobility worldwideApplication centers in Munich-Allach, Erlangen, Atlanta, Hong Kong, London, Moscow and Perth turn big data streams from customers worldwide into smart data. This co-creation enables us to react flexibly to customer requests and solve their issues on site. To detect faults at an early stage and optimize locomotive availability, we set up an agile data analytics team in the DB Cargo CBM lab. This facilitates joint identification and implementation of use cases.Data analysts and rail expertsThe international team in the MindSphere Application Centers is multidisciplinary. It can draw upon datasets not only from different rail fleets but also from those operating under different conditions – whether in Germany, Spain or Russia. In addition, they work closely with the rail experts in our Support Centers who offer professional remote assistance 24/7.Digital analysis of all train-related informationRailigent is unique in covering the whole complex of rail assets, combining our deep domain know-how as an OEM with world-class data analytics and artificial intelligence. This translates into unmatched insights that we offer as a service to our customers.
One portfolio for continuous process optimizationImproved maintenanceThe mobile Fleet Monitoring app enables managers to get a fast overview of the location and status of their trains and locomotives. Customized reports allow fast root cause analysis and diagnosis, while smart prediction prevents failures and outages before they can occur. By applying Railigent applications for the Desiro and Velaro fleet in Russia, for example, availability is now over 99% for our customer RŽD.Lifecycle intelligenceOptimized operationsThe Train State Live app optimizes customer operations, by providing fast trouble shooting support: notifications and events sent by connected trains are shown in near real time. Its success can be seen in the solution we implemented for London’s Thameslink trains. The application avoids vehicle shutdowns by relaying train status data directly to the dispatcher.Digital Asset Management for rail systemsData-driven asset performance management and asset investment planning tools help operators optimize their rail systems’ lifecycle costs and renewal strategies and maximize their availability and operational efficiency. Additionally, using models that include AI, the digital asset management enables to gain insights and derive predictions in a new dimension.
Railigent X: “Manage your assets smarter”
Railigent X – the Mobility Application Suite for digital services – helps you get the most value from your rail assets’ data. Railigent X covers the entire path from asset data acquisition, data processing and storage, auxiliary data access, generating insights, and sharing the results, all in an open application suite. For greater reliability and availability, a longer asset life, and increased maintenance and operational efficiency of all components.
The digital twin enables new use cases and Railigent X offeringsCombining the physical and digital worlds for improved system availability, efficiency, and reduced costs: The digital twin of a train or rail infrastructure combines its IoT asset data with real-world insights. This allows us to precisely identify the condition of assets, detect anomalies, and simulate behaviors and workflows. Siemens Mobility Rail Services applies digital twin technology across the entire service portfolio to support maintainers, operators, and asset owners.
With the digital twin, we bring together vehicle and landside information from distributed systems into one consistent representation. Data analytics, prediction models, and anomaly detection provide insights into system behavior and asset health status. From a maintenance perspective, the time to maintenance (TTM) and remaining useful life (RUL) can be predicted, as can future events. But the digital twin doesn’t just help us identify and locate the need for action: It also allows us to simulate maintenance tasks. That improves maintenance production planning and execution and ensures that the right parts and tools are at hand on time. Additional to that, with a near real-time data provisioning to landside we enable operators in proactive and reactive in-service trouble shooting which contributes to the overall target of 100% system availability. Asset owners can analyze the asset performance and derive activities to improve overall costs and performance. We also use Building Information Modeling (BIM) to simulate, evaluate, and improve depot layouts to design the most efficient maintenance workflows.