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Keeping the Rail sector one step ahead

By Jash Bansidhar, Managing Director, Advantech Europe

As with many sectors, the effects of Covid-19 on the rail industry have been far-reaching, with a huge impact on operations, not least in terms of passenger numbers. Figures from the Rail Safety & Standards Board in the UK, for example, suggest that domestic passenger numbers fell at one point as low as 4%, and the picture is similar elsewhere in Europe.

While the picture is improving as national lockdown measures are gradually lifted, the legacy of Covid-19 will no doubt outlast the timescale of the current pandemic. This means that rail operators globally must find ways to deliver high-quality operations and service, and so maintain profitability, for the years to come.


When starting with the MOOVA program, we analysed the evolution of mobility in the years ahead all with the aim of understanding future needs and distinctive elements to be implemented in the product. It was necessary to identify exactly how to place a new product in order to remain competitive in the future market.

The mobility industry is currently facing a moment of discontinuity. Mobility must become a service: flexible, simple, accessible, interconnected and composed by different subjects, with new models of cooperation and competition. Mobility needs to connect existing transport types to form integrated, diversified and multimodal services all governed by, and provided with, an ecosystem of authorities and operators.

BITZER: Repair and remanufacture: the green solution

BITZER is one of the leading compressor manufacturers in the world, holding the largest market share in reciprocating and screw compressors in most countries. As such, the specialist for refrigeration and air conditioning technology has the responsibility to provide the right services to its customers – locally and with the necessary market flexibility. This is why BITZER’s service network was born: Green Point.

BITZER had a clear vision of the growing importance of services and aftersales when it started its Green Point concept almost 15 years ago. Services such as compressor repairs and remanufacturing are becoming ever more important, which is why Green Point offers state-of-the-art BITZER compressor care and services, close to customers and in interaction with local markets.

Expect the best advice with Bächli AG’s vast experience

Find the right combination of solutions poses a great challenge to many engineers, such as in the development of a train. Legislative restrictions, the technical standards, mechanical and electrical requirements and your demands, in terms of design, size, efficiency, cost, etc., are just some of the many considerations required in order to develop the optimum solution for you.

Bächli AG is an expert in finding these solutions for all of your needs. We do not merely sell standard, cookie-cutter products, but instead offer solutions that are tailored specifically to your needs. We will work together with you, step by step, to develop a bespoke solution in the form of a technical service or product for you.












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Dealing with the unexpected

As public transport services become increasingly customer-focused (the name change from ‘passengers’ says it all), what helps an operator really stand out and strengthen or weaken their brand is how they respond to the unexpected. In such cases, an efficient incident and crisis management solution is a means of helping them maximise service continuity and deliver journey experiences that ensure customers come back for more – and tell others to do the same.

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APRIL. 9th 2021
2.00PM TO 3.30PM (Paris Time)

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26 - 27 May 2021 – Cologne / GERMANY

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Transport Ticketing Digital Summit

 22-24 June – London / UK

This three-day online summit, we'll gather the global smart ticketing and mobility community to explore how transport operators and authorities are rethinking the way passengers use their services; leveraging ticketing technology, journey planning, data analytics, and updated fare structures to reduce touch points, improve passenger flow and increase ridership. Sign up to hear from, and interact with, over 50 expert speakers from around the world ready to share their experience, advice, and insights. Hear from leaders from Transport for London, Transport for NSW, SBB, POLIS, The Go-Ahead Group, Translink Vancouver, Helsinki Region Transport Authority, Ruter and many more.

Alpine Rail Optimisation

31 October 2019 – Vienna / Austria

Established now as the key event in people’s diaries to access the latest updates and investments for the region, the conference has become the number one platform to facilitate critical dialogue between the region’s infrastructure heads and rail operators to discuss how they are harnessing the latest digital trends that are revolutionising the rail sector for better quality, improved reliability and greater customer service.

UIC nextstation 2019

11 - 13 November 2019 – Tehran / Iran

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Regeneration and Transport Growth in the Midlands

13 November 2019 – Birmingham / UK

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