Indra, one of the world’s leading technology and consulting companies, and Talgo, a leading company in the design, manufacture and maintenance of light to medium and high speed metros, have reaffirmed their commitment to innovation to boost the rail sector by becoming one of the 25 founding members of Europe’s Rail, the largest rail innovation program in Europe and, consequently, joining its Board of Directors.
With a budget of 1.2 billion euros, Europe’s Rail (EU-Rail) is part of the new European framework program for innovation: Horizon Europe, and continues the work carried out under the previous innovation program railway, Shift2Rail, in which Indra had already been a member of the board of directors and where the two companies played a very important role by participating in more than 25 projects. EU-Rail focuses its efforts in particular on digitization and sustainability, to achieve zero carbon emissions and increase safety.
Within the framework of EU-Rail, Indra and Talgo become key players in the definition and implementation of the strategic RDI agenda for the sector, in collaboration with the European Commission. The two companies will also bring their technological capabilities and experience, and collaborate with leading European companies, organizations, institutions and universities to develop and test at scale new digital and sustainable solutions that place the train at the center of green mobility. Europe’s Rail gives an even higher priority than Shift2Rail to bringing the developed solutions to market. For this, it envisages the development of large-scale demonstrators involving a large part of the industry and many European countries. The first open calls for project proposals in the areas defined in the program were launched last March.
This alliance between Indra and Talgo is based on their complementary natures. Both have helped design and aspire to participate in projects in the seven Flagship Areas (FA), the main business areas in which the European Rail Program is structured, as well as the cross-cutting area of Digital Enablers.
Concretely, in addition to working in this transversal field, they will seek to develop new technologies for the management of the rail network and the mobility of travelers in a multimodal environment (FA1); the digitization and automation of operations to move towards the autonomous train (FA2); intelligent and integrated asset management (FA3); projects to move towards a sustainable green rail system (FA4); new digital and sustainable services that improve the competitiveness of rail freight (FA5); new innovative solutions and services to boost the regional rail service (FA6); as well as innovative new approaches for new guided transport modes, such as Hyperloop (FA7).
Boost the digitization, sustainability and attractiveness of the sector
Indra and Talgo’s goal within EU-Rail is to bring their experience and continue to evolve their cutting-edge technology for the rail sector, with the aim of leveraging all the benefits of CyberRail IoT. , ERTMS by satellite, digital twins, big data, artificial intelligence and smart maintenance technologies to make the train the center of the new mobility ecosystem and put it at the service of the traveler. This will also be facilitated by developments aimed at making vehicles more efficient, attractive, durable and with a lower environmental impact.
For example, to respond to the integration of the entire mobility ecosystem, Indra will continue to work on its integrated, open, flexible and scalable rail traffic management solution: Indra Rail TMS, coupled with its specialized intelligent mobility: In-Mova Space. Focused on new digital technologies, In-Mova Space is oriented towards mobility as a service and generates a collaborative scenario in which data from all modes of transport is shared and information is enriched, applying intelligent analyses, learning and predictive models. It facilitates a transversal and multimodal vision which, in addition to serving the needs of citizens, makes it possible to induce clean and sustainable transport flows. It also makes it possible to adapt the transport offer to the real needs and requirements of users, to improve the traveler’s experience, to optimize the capacity of infrastructures and services, as well as their maintainability, promoting the development of ‘automating.
Indra also hopes to transfer its experience in the aerospace industry and the advantages of innovation in the so-called New Space era to improve rail transport signaling and safety.
Indra and Talgo will also continue the work started in Shift2Rail for the development and implementation of a secure railway IoT network based on Wi-Fi communications, which can offer, for example, enormous opportunities to evolve towards railway management. more automated, secure and intelligent. and facilitate secure asset management. These solutions facilitate the coverage of areas where there is no prior or difficult to access network infrastructure, such as in the case of regional lines with low traffic, as well as intelligent maintenance, intelligent and predictive maintenance, which brings significant economic and environmental benefits. .
Additionally, building on the experience of Shift2Rail, Talgo will work to develop lighter and more efficient trains using new materials and processes, as well as traction using permanent magnet motors. These two lines will also evolve to improve performance and promote a circular economy by exploring the recyclability of raw materials. This will be complemented by further developments to increase the efficiency of hydrogen traction and to achieve more flexible and attractive interiors.
The program also intends to continue to innovate in its ticketing solutions, by encouraging multimodality and mobile payment; access control, through paradigms such as Be-In Be-Out (BIBO) and biometric identification; as well as for the digitization of freight operations and the supply chain in freight transport.