Driving the digital transformationDigitalization is the key to intelligent rail assets and services – with the potential to achieve maximum process efficiency and up to 30% more profitability. Siemens is leading this transformation with our new open digital business platform Siemens Xcelerator. By connecting different participants of the mobility eco-system such as trains, infrastructure, operators and passengers, Siemens Xcelerator will help deliver added value across each stakeholder’s core processes.
Why Siemens Xcelerator for mobility?
In the mobility sector, there are typically many systems running in parallel, due to different suppliers in each national or even each local transport system. Siemens Xcelerator connects these different players on one open digital business platform using APIs to unify systems and improve operations.
Our vision for the future of Siemens Xcelerator is simple:
- Make software more modular
- Use APIs to connect hardware and software
- Move software modules to the cloud
This enables mobility stakeholders to exchange data in a standardized way, as well as to open up sub-systems to better connect hardware and software. The ultimate goal is to make public transport even more attractive as a sustainable and convenient mode of transport.
The specific advantages of Siemens Xcelerator for operators and passengers are manifold and already available in our existing portfolio with Mobility Software Suite X (featuring S3 Passenger) and Railigent X.
Our current Siemens Xcelerator offer
As part of our Mobility Software Suite X, S3 Passenger is a fully scalable and modular web-based platform (SaaS) able to handle millions of transactions a day with one integrated inventory, reservation and ticketing platform. Already used by leading train and bus operators around the world, the optimized passenger experience makes public transport more attractive and can also increase sales, e.g. by offering additional on-board and after-sales services based on previous bookings.
The platform makes it possible for operators to ensure a seamless, intuitive experience that perfectly meets passenger needs – even when the unexpected happens. For instance, it covers service disruption management, rebooking, cancellations, and automated refunds which help ensure customer satisfaction and reduce operational costs.
Additionally, it secures commercial flexibility and operational stability, while offering a wide range of APIs to integrate with existing systems. We always include our customers in the product development process. They further benefit from thorough documentation and effective user training.
Railigent X® is our cloud-based application suite that makes intelligent use of all available rail asset data. It creates added value by empowering rail operators, maintainers and asset owners to understand and better leverage their railway data, i.e. to increase the availability of their assets. Examples include digitalizing ECM workflows for operators or enabling remote management of train IT systems from the wayside.
With the growing complexity of rail systems and operations, target-oriented collaboration is more essential than ever. That’s why the rail industry’s Alliance for Availability has combined the forces of suppliers, operators, partners and universities into this open eco-system for up to 100% system availability.
Siemens Xcelerator comprises:
- a curated, modular portfolio of software and IOT-enabled hardware built on standard application programming interfaces and a range of services from Siemens and certified third parties
- a growing eco-system of partners – from solution vendors to technology partners
- a marketplace, that will grow over time, as a central point to explore, educate, exchange and transact alongside a community of customers, partners, and developers
With clear technical and commercial governance based on highest standards and values, we facilitate co-creation and collaboration between partners, customers and developers. Together, we can accelerate your digital transformation!
Digital mobility leaders in focusLeading rail operators from around the globe rely on our digital mobility solutions powered by Siemens Xcelerator. Whether it’s optimized cost efficiency with S3 Passenger, highest availability with Railigent X, or other solutions: our customers and their passengers benefit from greater value across all core rail processes.
Digital solutions, real-world benefitsDigitalization in mobility offers many advantages to rail operators, rail authorities and all forms of public transport. Below, we provide examples covering a wide range of benefits that are easy to achieve with the support of solutions like Xcelerator, Railigent X and S3 Passenger.
Technologies for digital transformationLet us guide you on your digitalization journey – with technologies that facilitate the implementation of large turnkey projects. Cybersecurity solutions designed to protect your critical infrastructure and assets. And, of course, expert advice on how you can leverage cloud technology and data to unlock new business models and improve processes.
Digitalization entails many benefits. To ensure these benefits in the long term, however, digital systems must be protected against cyber threats. We are committed to making mobility safer for everyone with products, solutions, and services that protect mobility systems comprehensively. Find out more about the global trends driving cybersecurity, how we help to protect mobility today and tomorrow, and the ten principles that are fundamental to a secure digital world.
Building Information Modeling
Building information modeling (BIM) supports decision making throughout the entire lifecycle of a rail and road infrastructure project. With BIM, a digital twin of the entire construction project precedes the physical construction. This helps to make sure that all expectations and specifications are met precisely, in this way ensuring significant improvements of time- and cost-efficiency during implementation.
The digital twin also provides an ideal basis for operations improvements, digital servicing and maintenance, asset management, and responses to changing requirements such as the replanning of brownfield projects in the course of the lifecycle.
Businesses must find new paths for growth and innovation – and one such path is the connection of systems and processes in the cloud. The replacement of local solutions by cloud-based equivalents helps to further reduce both capital and operating expenses. At the same time, it enables the immediate participation in new innovation cycles.
A perfect example is Europe’s first digital interlocking, which commenced operation in April 2018. This revolutionary solution makes it possible to use intelligent field elements and enables capacity, punctuality, and cost improvements while meeting the strictest operational safety standards.
Data analytics & IoT
Ensuring the quality of transportation with a multitude of different mobility options and a broad range of hardware and software in place can be a challenge for mobility operators. However, connecting public transport to the Internet of Things (IoT) brings many benefits. Data gathered from infrastructure as well as operating systems and passenger apps can be used for the continuous improvement of operations and passenger services – for the sake of mobility service providers and passengers alike.
UNIFE vision paper on digitalization
„Digital technologies are affecting the ways in which various players in the transport sector are dealing with user information, payments, integration and automation…they are also influencing ongoing changes in mobility patterns and end-user behavior.“
UNIFE (The European Rail Industry)