Author Archive for Pranav Misal

Digitization in the Railway industry

For rail and other transportation industries, the fourth industrial revolution promises continuing acceleration of innovation on both the supply and demand side. Digitization can enhance the railway infrastructure, maximize availability, and improve the operational efficiency of all assets. From the manufacture of rolling stock to how rail operators serve their customers, new technologies will lead […]

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Remote Condition Monitoring: A boost for Rail Asset Management

The primary purpose of remote condition monitoring of rail assets is to make a major contribution towards improving overall rail operations and performance in terms of reliability, safety, and efficiency. This innovation is driving maintenance of fixed and rolling stock infrastructure assets towards a ‘predict and prevent’ strategy by detecting early deterioration in asset condition […]

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Rail Signaling and Train Control Systems Respond to Global Megatrends

What approach should rail operators adopt to enhance the functionality, safety, and reliability of their train operations? It is the rail signaling and train control systems. Its main purpose is to prevent train collisions, monitor the movement of trains on tracks, divide tracks into segments known as blocks, into several sections. Without signaling systems, far […]

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Siemens-Alstom Merger: A Signal of Greater Consolidation

With ongoing trend of the consolidation within the Rail industry, the two European industrial giants Alstom and Siemens announced on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 the merger of their global rail operations. I believe this corporate strategy will increase value for both Siemens and Alstom by creating revenue, operational, financial, and cost synergies (ways to increase profit/earnings […]

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Mitigating the Rail Disruptions caused by Natural Disasters

Rail transportation is often considered a critical infrastructure since a disruption in one of its components can have a significant impact on the economic and social welfare of a region. An effective way to assess how critical an infrastructure is would be to consider the impacts its removal would have on the flows and activities […]

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