SIEMENS: ‘Efficient and integrated mobility’ is the slogan for Siemens’ presence at InnoTrans 2014, where it will be highlighting global trends including digitisation, automation and smarter electrification technology.

Europeans will have their first chance to see a full-size mock-up of the Inspiro driverless metro trains ordered for use in Kuala Lumpur’s Klang Valley. Also from outside Europe will be Siemens’ PTC systems which are being deployed on a coal line linking Malawi and Mozambique, and on Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road routes in the USA.

Siemens will be highlighting its Sinet technology, which replaces point-to-point connections between interlockings and trackside components with a ring-shaped communication network providing local interfacing via copper cables using the SHDSL telecoms standard, or via optic fibre cable. Peripheral element controllers are decentralised, with interlocking functions consolidated in computers at any geographic location. Sinet is in operation at Sevelen in Switzerland, with a second installation on the Kollbrunn – Bauma line set to go live in September. DB is undertaking a pilot programme at Annaberg-Buchholz, with further pilot projects scheduled to start in 2016.

Siemens believes that traction power supply networks need to become more intelligent to accommodate the increase in power supplied from renewable sources, and so it will be showing products from its ‘smart rail electrification’ portfolio. It will also be showing the Sitras SES capacitor-based stationary and mobile energy storage systems for trams.

Siemens’ Integrated Mobility Platform is a cloud-based modular B2B IT platform for networking different transport operators, providing access to route planning, bookings and reservation information across modes to provide end-to-end support for the entire journey.

On show outside will be three complete cars from the Class 700 Desiro City EMUs being built for Thameslink services through London, and a Viaggio Comfort Railjet trainset for Czech national operator ČD. From München there will be a Type T1 Avenio tram, along with four Type C2 metro cars which are being supplied under the city’s largest U-Bahn car order.