Success factors for asset digitization in rail traffic

The September 2017 issue of “Eisenbahntechnische Rundschau” contains an article by Ulrich Bock from ESE GmbH, among others, on the topic of success factors for asset digitization in rail transport.

Although digitalization has made its way into all our lives at breathtaking speed in recent years, large organizations are often still in the early stages when it comes to digitalization. In addition, established industry boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred, resulting in cross-industry competition. This intermodal competition is also affecting the rail industry, which is now competing all the more with other means of transport – a major challenge in view of the framework conditions in rail transport: extremely long asset life, high complexity, lack of standardization and strong regulation. But the established rail companies are not shying away from these challenges: digitalization is an emerging industry trend. This article is intended to provide an overview of the key success factors for participating in this trend.

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