In today’s connected world, with increased urbanization, global population growth, complex supply chain networks, and interconnectivity, railway businesses are facing more challenges than ever before. Railways are strained to accommodate an increase in demand and also must jostle for position as a preferred mode of transport against car, airplane, and barge. Global warming motivates governments to impose emission goals and restrictions, adding yet another pain point for railways. The COVID-19 pandemic has also brought major unforeseen challenges to the rail- ways sector. Due to travel restrictions, social distancing regulations, and regional “lock downs,” railway operators have experienced passenger declines, leaving them wondering what the path forward looks like.
Luckily, profound technology innovations, specifically those made around Artificial Intelligence, have found their way into the railways industry. By incorporating “smart” technology solutions throughout railway systems, operators and OEMs can optimize data output to provide new services to passengers and decrease operating costs.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, such as obstacle detection or video analytics, will help propel the railway industry into the new digital age and turn visions of a seamless autonomous network into a reality. Intel and ADLINK are working tirelessly to develop AI solutions that help rail operators and solution providers address their challenges, save on operating costs, and improve their passenger experiences. Intel and ADLINK understand that technology is not a fix-all solution, however, but rather a tool that is integrated into current operations to augment other business practices.
This eBook is intended to show how Artificial Intelligence can be incorporated into railway operations to improve the railway experience and to showcase the many use cases that exist. We hope that rail operators and solution providers, in particular, will find this eBook useful in developing pragmatic solutions to support their railway operations.
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