The slogan at this year’s InnoTrans is “The future of mobility” and this future is posing great challenges to operators and infrastructure planners. For climate change, growing urbanization, population growth in the emerging markets, and globalization will lead in future to increasing demands mobility and transportation all over the world. With its “Complete Mobility” concept, the Siemens Mobility Division offers comprehensive, sustainable solutions to meet these challenges. “Complete mobility” means the intelligent networking of traffic flows on rail, road and in the air. In Hall 4.2 and in the outdoor exhibits, Siemens Mobility will show how multimodal transportation networks can become reality. The main exhibits at this year’s show are the new Velaro D high-speed trainset for eco-friendly links between cities, the new Vectron locomotive generation for cross-border European rail traffic, and an energy-optimized train control system for more economical operation on mass transit and mainline routes. Using the example of its Airport Rail Links, Siemens will demonstrate the efficiency attainable from the increased networking of passenger and freight transport as well as air travel. It will also show the potentials of multimodal traffic management which can improve the environmental compatibility and energy efficiency of transportation systems. Personal electrical mobility will also become a major factor in future: Siemens will show ways and opportunities for integrating electric cars into the multimodal transportation infrastructure. Service and “Complete Mobility” consulting embrace all the technological fields and are important elements in the corporate portfolio.
Maintaining mobility will become one of the major tasks of modern societies in future. For example, according to the EU Commission, the transportation sector generates ten percent of the wealth in the European Union, as measured by gross domestic product, and it provides over ten million jobs. The constantly rising demand for mobility is placing a great burden on our transportation systems. In the EU, 44 percent of goods are transported by road, compared to only ten percent by rail. When it comes to passenger transportation, the dominance of the road is even more pronounced at 81 percent, while rail has only 6 and air 8 percent. The infrastructure is obviously overloaded, resulting in a fall in economic efficiency and an increase in fuel consumption and air pollution. Shifting freight and passenger traffic from the road to more environmentally compatible carriers therefore lies at the heart of every sustainable transportation policy. Transportation planners and operators are realizing more and more that it is becoming ever more important to offer their end customers an unbroken chain of mobility. Tomorrow’s mobility requirements can only be met if the individual carriers are optimally networked and work together to provide trouble-free interchanges from one to another. Rail has a leading role to play in this because it is the most environmentally sustainable, most energy efficient and most effective means of transportation.The Velaro – for an eco-friendly, high-speed link between urban centers
The diesel-generator set newly developed for the diesel-electric version of the Desiro ML will also be on show. It already meets the latest stage 3b emission requirements. With its newly designed diesel-electric propulsion system, the Desiro ML DMU offers a truly innovative and especially environmentally friendly solution. It can achieve energy savings of up to thirty percent in comparison to conventional diesel-mechanical or diesel-electric traction systems. The diesel-electric propulsion system also requires less time and money for maintenance. The Desiro ML is already proving very successful both at home and abroad. Over 600 orders have been received, either confirmed or notified through master agreements. As well as the orders from Germany and Belgium, vehicles from the Desiro ML platform will soon also be running in Austria, Russia and China.Siemens Rail Services for high availability rail operations
The transit to the air carrier is a particular challenge for an intermodal transportation network. Airports are generally located outside cities and conurbations, but people and goods should still be able to reach them quickly and without burdening resources. A metro line from the city center is therefore an extremely suitable form of transportation. The Siemens Airport Rail Link combines rail transportation and logistics solutions. For example, the Sibag Train baggage handling system from Siemens Mobility is a very convenient service for passengers. Passengers can check in their bags and collect their boarding cards at subway stations in the city center before traveling to the airport in the airport express. On arrival, they can go straight to the security check and the departure gate. Their checked baggage arrives separately at the airport. There it is fed into the baggage handling system, runs through the automatic security screening, and is loaded onto the airplanes flying to the particular destination airports. The train’s baggage car is equipped with a conveyor system to take the bags from the station. A feeding system on the station platform loads the bags into a container, which is automatically loaded through a door into the car. When a train arrives at a metro station, the container system is waiting exactly opposite the loading door. Loading is extremely quick, so passengers boarding the train do not have to wait. Sibag Train controls the entire process precisely and completely automatically. This Siemens solution is in use in airport rail links in Bangkok and Delhi among other places.
Road traffic currently contributes to nearly 15 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions. However, the dramatic increases in traffic volumes which are expected in the coming decades, especially in the threshold countries, are focusing attention more closely on the car. The electric mobility issue is thus also relevant to private car use. Germany intends to bring one million electric cars onto the road by 2020. The USA is aiming to reach this target by 2015, and China is currently investing two billion euros in pilot projects with thousands of electric vehicles. Especially in towns, the challenge is to organize the various transportation systems and coordinate them with one another. There are a number of conceivable ways of linking the electric mobility of the road and the rail: namely, car-sharing schemes at stations, fleets of electric city taxis, park & charge spaces in multi-storey car parks, and local delivery transport in cities. Siemens is a pioneer and general supplier of electric mobility solutions, and the only company in the world to cover the complete electric mobility process chain. This runs from intelligent energy and transportation infrastructure solutions through recharging technologies and high-performance IT systems to researching the drive technology required. Siemens will be exhibiting amongst others the Sitraffic Epos electric charging station at InnoTrans. This electric charging station is more than just a “gas station” for electric vehicles, it is a complete unit with an information terminal. With this electric charging station, Siemens intends to make a big contribution to the future use of electric vehicles. The intelligent Siemens electric charging station is clearly very different from previous solutions in test and pilot applications. Sitraffic Epos has a modular structure, and can be configured either as a single electric charging unit or as a station with up to ten satellite connections. It can be used wherever the recharging of a number of electric vehicles is practical, for example in multi-storey car parks at railway stations.Efficient electrification solutions for smooth rail traffic
The Sitras SFC plus multilevel traction converter is another element in a “green” traction power supply which has a different frequency to that of the national grid. A number of semiconductor modules and capacitors connected in series can build up and control the desired voltage from small taps. The Sitras SFC plus has such a high output voltage and number of voltage levels that losses are up to 25 percent lower than in other converter systems. The new compact modules also require 20 percent less space and are considerably quieter than typical models on the market.“Green” safety for rail automation
Siemens is also developing state-of-the-art technologies even further. Standby systems for rail automation components along the track optimize energy consumption – for example, by using solar energy to generate power for traffic signal systems and their radio control. This enables great savings to be achieved on cabling components, and investment costs can be reduced by up to one third. Signaling systems consisting of such outdoor equipment also reduce the life cycle costs of complete trackside facilities.Trainguard 200 RBC – a central device for ETCS levels 1 and 2
The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies as well as comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six Divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 207,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry posted sales of about EUR35 billion in fiscal year 2009. http://www.siemens.com/industry
The Siemens Mobility Division (Erlangen) is the internationally leading provider of transportation and logistics solutions. With “Complete mobility”, the Division is focused on networking the various modes of transportation in order to ensure the efficient and environmentally compatible transport of people and goods. “Complete mobility” targets the goal of sustainability and combines the company’s competence in operations control systems for railways and traffic control systems for roadways together with solutions for airport and postal logistics, railway electrification, rolling stock for mass transit, regional and mainline services, as well as turnkey systems and forward-looking service concepts. With around 25,000 employees worldwide Siemens Mobility posted sales of EUR6.4 billion in fiscal year 2009 (ended September 30). www.siemens.com/mobilitySiemens AG
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