Siemens Launches Digital Rail Services in United States

Siemens is launching Digital Rail Services, a new U.S. business that will use an IoT platform to virtually monitor, analyze and predict rail operations. The company’s use of sensors and software will help rail operators reduce unplanned downtime, improve operational efficiency, improve business planning and generate energy and cost savings.

The services offered for the rail industry are based on Railigent™, a cloud-based industrial data analytics platform connected to Mindsphere, Siemens IoT operating system. The platform features real-time insight on vehicle state and location, root cause analysis and remote vehicle and infrastructure diagnostics, and prescriptive maintenance. Additional capabilities will include advanced cyber security and guidance services. 

“Today, rail vehicles send between one and four billion data points per year and rail infrastructure can send billions of messages just inside a specific system,” said Simon Davidoff, head of Siemens Mobility Digital Services North America. “With our Digital Services business, we’re taking not only experience from our global rail footprint but also our extensive company-wide digital expertise to turn billions of data points into action, including the ability to detect malfunctions well before they can cause problems and information that helps improve arrival times and punctuality for riders.” 

The City of Atlanta and Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will be using the new software.

In Atlanta, the Digital Services team will collect information captured via on-board systems from the Atlanta Streetcar and analyze data points to identify traffic bottlenecks; identify track segments and time periods with high energy consumption; length of door opening durations; andhorn usage to determine possible car or pedestrian infrastructure improvements that would increase safety.

CATS is currently working with Siemens on a pilot program for near real-time diagnostics and analysis of their light rail system data to help make prescriptive maintenance recommendations. 

In addition to the company’s U.S. rail hubs in California, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, Siemens will locate its Digital Services hub in Atlanta, Ga., which will be home to the Data Analytics and Applications Center on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus. Support for the Digital Service portfolio will be located at a new East Coast Locomotive Service Headquarters in New Castle, Del., which is opening this summer. 

Siemens Digital Rail Services business unit is part of the Siemens Mobility Division.