Archive for Innovation

Ambitious Greenfield Projects Hope to Accelerate Smart Cities

It is not a matter of “if” but “when” the smart cities market will truly take off. The constraints of technology, the lack of tangible benefits from successful integration of siloed services across urban metropolis’, and the burden of aging infrastructure in place are just a few of the headwinds that are stalling this market […]

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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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Collaboration is the Game Changer

Companies are at different points on the digital trajectory; some are beginning their journey, some are implementing changes in a phased manner, while a few early adopters are already seeing quantifiable benefits. But one thing’s for sure: digitalization is dramatically altering the way businesses are transacted globally.  Consider the example that really grabbed my attention […]

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CSX’s Key Metrics for Seamless Rail Services

CSX is a supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America, and they recently restructured the operations and workforce. The STB (Surface Transportation Board) stated that they have received several “informal complaints” from shippers about CSX’s deteriorating rail services, which coincided with CSX’s restructuring process. To address the concerns, CSX is transitioning to precision scheduled […]

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ETCS (European Train Control Systems) Level 3: A new way forward?

ETCS (European Train Control System) Level 3 has experienced a significant growth in recent times. The fully integrated advanced level train control system does not use wayside signals, as all the information is transmitted using wireless communications. The Level 3 concept has a potential to make a significant impact on the train control systems. Although […]

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