Siemens opens first mass transit signaling innovation
Siemens opens first mass transit signaling innovation R&D center in China
•Siemens’ first R&D organization dedicated to mass transit signaling in China
•Introduce Siemens’ advanced technologies for R&D localization
•Focus on unattended train operation, signaling system interconnection, IoT and big data research
Siemens opens its first mass transit signaling R&D center in China in city of Fuzhou, Fujian province. It will be located in Fuzhou’s Jin’an district and officially put into operation at the beginning of 2018. Fuzhou Siemens Mass Transit Signaling Innovation R&D Center (Fuzhou R&D center) will introduce the most advanced technologies in mass transit signaling area, and focus on innovation that meets local needs. As an important part of Siemens’ global R&D network in mobility, Fuzhou R&D center will also take on R&D tasks of global significance. It will focus its research on unattended train operation (UTO) signaling technology, signaling interconnection between mainline railways and metro lines, applications of the cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere and big data in transportation.
“As Siemens’ first R&D base set up in China to focus on mass transit signaling, the Fuzhou R&D Center will better serve the local market demand with digital innovation, contributing to China’s goal of building up a modern and integrated transportation system and facilitating increased inter-connectivity under the Belt & Road Initiative,” said Lothar Herrmann, CEO Siemens Greater China.
Siemens has leading technologies and rich experiences in UTO, signaling system interconnection, IoT and big data. Take UTO for example, since the first UTO line was put into operation in 1983, Siemens has provided the advanced UTO signaling systems for 25 lines in 16 cities worldwide, reaching a total mileage of 450 kilometers. Siemens also stays on the forefront in the signaling system interconnection field. The Siemens interconnection signaling operation mode combines the advantages of both CBTC system for metro and ETCS system for mainline railway through technology integration, which increases the capacity and maximizes the convenience to passengers. In addition, Siemens’ cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere has been applied to transportation field. Through big data mining and analysis, Siemens not only effectively enhances operating service levels and reduces operating cost of urban rail transport, but also contributes to technology upgrade of the rail equipments.
Siemens maintains good partnership with Fuzhou for a long time. Fuzhou’s Metro Line 1, which has been put into operation, and Metro Line 2, which is now under construction, are both equipped with Siemens’ signaling systems.
For years, Siemens has been enhancing its R&D efforts in China. By fiscal 2017, Siemens had around 12,000 active patents and patent applications, 21 R&D centers and more than 4,500 R&D and engineering staff in China.
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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. For 145 years since its entering into China in 1872, Siemens has pioneered cooperation with the country with its solutions, technologies and products, and has been known in the country for its quality and reliability, technological excellence and innovation. In fiscal 2017 (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017), Siemens generated revenue of €7.2 billion in China, with over 32,000 employees. Siemens has become an integral part of the Chinese economy and society, and continues to partner with the country to address her pursuit of sustainable development.