AUSTRIA: SmartDigital Group and Plasser Group’s Digital Railway Solutions have formally established the Dynamic Rail Utilities Monitoring joint venture which will use unmanned aircraft and AI to build digital models of rail infrastructure assets.

‘With SmartDigital we are able to digitise a route from the air with the help of long-distance drones and make it available to the infrastructure manager’, said Florian Auer, Director of Global Technology & Innovation at Plasser & Theurer, on March 29.

‘An IT platform and a perfect unmanned aircraft system are not worth much without railway sector knowledge’, said SmartDigital Group CEO Alexander Schuster. ‘The decades of expertise of the Plasser Group paired with our knowledge of drone technologies and artificial intelligence make DRUM a competent partner for the digitisation of the railway industry.’