Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Innovative Technologies EMAG
Tuesday, 23 May 2023 13:04

The future of rail transport in the era of rail 4.0 discussed at a conference in Mława

On May 18, at the headquarters of the I. Mościcki State Vocational College in Mława, during the 2nd National Scientific Conference "Logistics and Security in the 21st Century," a panel discussion was held dedicated to the MOTIONAL project. Representing Łukasiewicz-EMAG, Martyna Dudzicz, a specialist in European projects, took part in the panel discussion. The panelists debated the challenges of transforming the railway system in Europe towards Rail 4.0.

The participants of the discussion agreed that one of the priority directions for the development of transportation worldwide, including in the European Union, is the pursuit of creating an intelligent, environmentally friendly, and accessible transportation system, in which rail transport will play an important role in the future. However, the radical and highly dynamic changes in the environment, catalyzed by information technology, require modifications to existing business models and strategies of railway companies.

In response to these needs, the initiative called Europe's Rail has been launched. The MOTIONAL project, along with other projects in the Partnership program, focuses on key technologies and solutions supporting the digital transformation in the railway sector, such as:

Internet of Things (IoT)
Cloud computing
Big Data Analytics (BDA)
Automation and robotization
The outcome of the project will be new products and services that will become part of the operational activities of carriers, infrastructure managers, and manufacturers, while creating added value for multiple participants in the transportation process. This will contribute to the implementation of new mobility concepts, such as mobility on demand, e-mobility, and Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

The MOTIONAL project is being carried out in close cooperation between the scientific and business communities within a culturally diverse international environment. Collaboration between individuals and organizations with diverse scopes of activities is the only way to achieve efficient, effective, goal-oriented knowledge transfer. This collaboration allows entities to enrich each other by embracing the wealth of experiences and different ways of thinking.