Top Trends in the Rail and Railway Industry
Tech trainspotting at RailTech Europe 2022
The TOUGHBOOK team was busy at this year's Railtech Europe show. Like many sectors, the railway industry suffered during the pandemic with passenger numbers dropping from 8.2 billion in 2019 to 4.8 billion in 2020. But as numbers begin to bounce back, there was clear evidence looking around the show of a lot of interest in how mobile computing technology could continue to help improve our railway networks.
One of the interesting challenges about the railway network in Europe is the diversity of technical infrastructure. Electrified railway networks operate with a wide range of different voltages and signalling systems vary from country to country. This quirk of historical development and levels of regional investment means that national networks are at varying stages of technology adoption.