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Shaping the future of the digital railway

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Technical Seminar at Railtex/Infrarail 2021

Wednesday 8 Sept 2021 – 11:50

David Palmer, Vice President Main Line Rail (UK), Thales UK

David Palmer of Thales UK continues the Rail Business Daily Technical Seminar programme on the second day of Railtex/Infrarail with a presentation on

Shaping the future of the digital railway

David Palmer, Thales UK.

The impact of the pandemic and the government’s commitment to net-zero transport in the UK have combined to highlight the role that the digital railway can play in delivering a more reliable, resilient and lower cost railway that can accelerate modal shift to integrated public transport systems. 

As a leading provider of digital signalling technology, Thales continues to push the boundaries by leveraging data to maximise performance and improve outcomes for passengers, operators and the environment.

The Thales Driver Advisory System (C-DAS), known as GreenSpeed™, provides unparalleled operational excellence by integrating with the ARAMIS™ traffic management system to optimise traffic flow and provide the ideal speed curve. This ensures strict adherence to the timetable, thereby providing a smooth journey that is energy efficient, as the C-DAS ensures punctuality with the least amount of traction energy used.

The move to in-cab signalling and moving-block technology can bring significant cost and operational benefits.  Thales is a leading player in the development of ETCS Hybrid Level 3 (MAX) which combines signalling and train control in a single solution that works by digitally slicing each conventional block section into a number of virtual blocks, allowing operators to safely increase capacity.

Fundamentally, however, technology alone will not achieve the ambition of delivering a world-class integrated transport service. To achieve this, it is critical that organisations collaborate, and draw on expertise from other disciplines and sectors in order to create a transport service that we all in the UK can be proud of.

Thales UK can be found on stand G57 in hall 12.

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