DB and SNCF to work together to advance railway’s digital future

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The leaders of Deutsche Bahn (DB) and SNCF have signed a memorandum of understanding promoting the development of digital technology on the railway.

Dr Rüdiger Grube, chief executive of DB, and Guillaume Pepy, president of SNCF, signed the memorandum of understanding in Berlin at the InnoTrans trade fair yesterday (September 20).

Grube said: “When we look in particular at the major opportunities that digitisation offers for transport companies it makes obvious sense to share ideas and methods with SNCF. I believe in doing so, our customers will benefit.”

DB said one goal of the collaboration will focus on digital data transmission “so that rail companies can work with the telecommunications industry to improve connectivity for customers and employees”.

“With the digital revolution now underway, we need to be as strong as we possibly can —especially in light of the operational and customer challenges,” Pepy added.

“This is the purpose of our new cooperation agreement with Deutsche Bahn, on aspects ranging from the way we cooperate with startups to industrial internet solutions and further on to onboard connectivity. Working together will not only serve the interests of SNCF’s and DB’s customers, but also those of the mobility community at large.”

Digitisation has been a recurring theme at InnoTrans 2016, with several speakers, including the chief executive of the German Railway Industry Association (VDB), referencing the advantages and challenges it creates during the even’t opening ceremony.

Photo’s: Deutsche Bahn.

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