Dusseldorf It was extra of a coincidence for Siemens Mobility, however the timing is ideal. In Might, the German transport expertise group in London has been testing a cloud-based system for the utilization of regional trains – primarily based on automobile weight. It’s an try to arrange social distancing with digitization in occasions of the pandemic.
Hundreds of commuters use the north-south connection Thameslink via the British metropolis day by day. Already on the platform yow will discover out which wagons are underneath excessive load and the place there may be nonetheless sufficient area on the practice.
The challenge was deliberate nicely earlier than the corona pandemic broke out. And it initially had a totally completely different objective. Occupancy management is a constructing block for the Siemens subsidiary’s purpose of making “seamless mobility chains”, says Mobility CEO Michael Peter the Handelsblatt. “We wish to accompany the passengers on their journey.”
Peter and his co-chair, Sabrina Soussan, are satisfied that the corona disaster modifications little when it comes to its basic focus. “The megatrends of urbanization, decarbonization and digitalization are unchanged and can additional increase the demand for mobility,” says Peter. The world’s metropolises will proceed to develop, folks will journey extra and local weather safety will form mobility insurance policies.
“Cities won’t work with out environment friendly public transport programs,” provides Soussan. The pandemic and the related hygiene guidelines introduced only some points to the fore – such because the contactless opening of doorways or the air con of trains. “Know-how has to make folks really feel good.”
Soussan can be assured that passenger demand will attain pre-Covid-19 ranges by the second half of 2021 on the newest. “Above all, town connections will develop positively for practice visitors to keep away from climate-damaging emissions,” says the Siemens supervisor.
For instance, the French authorities has tied its multi-billion greenback rescue package deal for Corona-damaged Air France to the situation that connections inside France be terminated if the TGV high-speed practice can take over these companies.
Colleague Peter additionally assumes that Corona will drive the event of autonomous visitors. “There can be a surge, particularly within the cities.” In 5 years it may very well be that far. In Peter’s evaluation, nonetheless, not within the type that components of the business think about. “It should take some time earlier than any automotive can drive via any metropolis.”
Driverless buses in Hamburg on a take a look at drive
As a substitute, Siemens depends on outlined and digitized routes on which driverless buses, for instance, then run. In Hamburg, such a system has been examined with minibuses within the Hafen-Metropolis underneath the identify Warmth for a yr.
Following the takeover of the Canadian rail automobile producer Bombardier by the French Alstom, introduced in February, Siemens Mobility is now pursuing a stand-alone technique. Siemens had failed a yr in the past with a merger plan between Siemens Mobility and Alstom because of the necessities of the EU Competitors Fee.
Alstom-Bombardier would turn out to be the world’s second largest railway expertise group after the Chinese language CRRC with a turnover of round 16 billion euros. Siemens would have been reduce off with gross sales of 8.9 billion euros lately, however in response to the 2 CEOs, it needs to develop by round 5 p.c yearly underneath its personal steam. With eleven p.c Ebitda profitability (revenue earlier than taxes), the corporate already sees itself as a frontrunner among the many railway expertise teams.
Alstom-Bombardier merger creates alternative for acquisitions
Mega tenders such because the one launched by Deutsche Bahn in late 2019 provide alternatives for main development steps. The state-owned firm needs to purchase one other 90 high-speed trains, an order quantity of 1 billion euros for the primary supply package deal of 30 models alone. Siemens utilized with its Velaro Novo, launched two years in the past. That is the newly designed successor to earlier ICE generations.
The merger of rivals Alstom and Bombardier may additionally end in buy alternatives as a result of aggressive necessities, as a result of the businesses need to separate components. Siemens-Alstom, for instance, dominates the marketplace for electrical regional trains in Europe. Alstom even has a quasi monopoly on its dwelling market of France. The merger is anticipated to be accomplished in summer time 2021.
Designated Siemens boss Roland Busch stated in Might: “We’re watching the consolidation out there very fastidiously. We’ll selectively strengthen our portfolio each time alternatives come up. ”However: Siemens sees no time stress to realign the mobility division. Busch introduced an replace to the technique for the fourth quarter.
Siemens Mobility depends on the digitization of autos and operations. Soussan mentions the Rhein-Ruhr-Categorical RRX for instance, which, since autumn 2018, has been rolling nearly trouble-free, as she insures. “We’ve got assured operators over 99 p.c availability, and it’s going very nicely.”
Digitization of the DB: quicker than deliberate?
The Munich-based group not solely provided the double-decker trains, but additionally took over the upkeep. That is how the workers on the Dortmund RRX plant would know what to do earlier than the practice got here. The Russian Sapsan, the counterpart to the German ICE, can be serviced by Siemens and, in response to Soussan, accomplished eight million kilometers with out delays of greater than 5 minutes.
Siemens Mobility expects massive enterprise from the digitalization of Deutsche Bahn. Amongst different issues, this entails the gradual introduction of the European practice management system ETCS, which makes alerts on railroad traces superfluous. ETCS also needs to improve the capability on the routes in order that extra trains can run on the identical route community.
The DB’s “Digital Rail” challenge began final yr and can value as much as 32 billion euros. The primary financing packages are within the federal price range. Mobility CEO Peter is especially assured as a result of the big investments because of the corona pandemic haven’t been postponed. Quite the opposite: “There are additionally talks about accelerating the digital rail challenge.”
Extra: Altmaier stays out when Alstom takes over Bombardier.