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Smart railways refer to an integrated system of railway, which includes software solutions, devices & components, cloud services, etc. Smart railways make intelligent use of rail assets and rail network communication by combining Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with smart transportation systems. Advanced technology included in smart railways can collect new information to monitor all railway related operations more closely and accurately. Moreover, the smart railway allows sharing of information across the enterprise and with different partners including system integrators, rail operators, solution and service providers, passenger government agencies, etc.

Market Statistics:

The global smart railways market is expected to surpass US$ 78,400 Mn in terms of value by the end of 2028.

Market Drivers

Increasing safety and security concerns among travelers is expected to boost the global smart railways market growth over the forecast period. Although railways are considered as one of the safest modes of transportation, ensuring safety and security is still a major challenge. This is more prevalent across the geriatric population where individual security is often identified as one of the top concerns among the elderly and old. Furthermore, it is more difficult to reassure passengers due to mass transport and complex networks prevailing in railways. For instance, in North America, political scrutiny and regulatory oversight is increasing, which can be confirmed from the legislation enacted in October 2008, which mandated the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems in trains by the end of 2015. 

Market Opportunity

Incorporation of Internet of Things and Big Data with railway infrastructure can provide significant growth opportunities. Introduction of Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) in railways is expected to support growth of the market by 2025. Various features are offered by IoT and Big Data such as real-time IoT, monitoring of trains, a mobile-related wake-up call for railway passengers, destination alerts, and passenger information. Moreover, the ICT industry has major growth opportunities with the existing influence of cloud computing services. For instance, the Government of India has invested US$ 753 million in information technology and research and development. This fund will be utilized for integration of train control systems and asset management applications. Network Rail Telecom (NRT) in the U.K. is targeting IoT to enhance its own internal service capabilities, by partnering with prominent suppliers, Cisco Systems Inc.

Global Smart Railways Market: Recent Developments

  1. Major companies in the market are focused on mergers and acquisitions, in order to enhance the market presence.
    • For instance, in May 2021, Siemens AG acquired Padam Mobility, a prominent company involved in designs dynamic Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) solutions and provides AI-powered platforms and applications for on-demand and paratransit services. This acquisition enhances Siemens Mobility’s intelligent infrastructure portfolio focused on intermodal transportation.
    • In June 2021, CSX Corporation and Wabtec partnered to accelerate sustainable rail by modernizing locomotives across CSX’s fleet. They are also implementing advanced digital technologies to deliver significant emission reduction and fuel efficiency for CSX’s rail operations. This partnership will help CSX to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 37% by 2030.
    • In February 2020, Alstom SA acquired Bombardier Transpiration by entering into a memorandum of understanding with Bombardier Inc. and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
  2. Key players in the market are involved in product development, in order to gain a competitive edge in the market. For instance, in April 2018, Indra Sistemas, a technology company, introduced a smart rail gate to improve 10% capacity, reliability, and punctuality of goods transport.

Market Restraint

Replacement of already existing railway infrastructure is expected to hinder the global smart railways market growth over the forecast period. A large amount of investment is required for the replacement or integration of existing systems and equipment. The major challenge for smart railway developers is to find ways to connect these previously unconnected systems so that operators do not have to remove and replace their entire rail infrastructure in a view of realizing the benefits of smart railways. Aging rail systems restrict the efficiency of resources in established rail markets. The rigid and complex network also restricts the adding of new technologies and delivering new services.

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Global Smart Railways Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in December 2019 in China, most industries have been affected. With economic activities being halted in majority of countries and restrictions on physical distancing, the global smart railways market witnessed significant decline in the growth. Construction activities in many parts of the world were temporarily shut down in order to curb the spread of the virus. However, governments of numerous countries have started relaxing their COVID-19 regulations and reopening economies for trade. The global supply chain industry is gradually recovering, which is expected to accelerate the smart railways market growth in the near future.

Key Takeaways:

  • The global smart railways market was valued at US$ 18,210.8 Mn in 2020 and is forecast to reach a value of US$ 78,400.0 Mn by 2028 at a CAGR of 9% between 2021 and 2028. This is owing to rising need for traffic free and safest modes of transportation such as railways.
  • The Networking & Connectivity Devices segment (By Device Segment) was valued US$ 5,230 Mn in 2020 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 20.1% over the forecast period. This is owing to increasing population and attraction towards Internet of Things and Big Data in the railway infrastructure.

Market Trends

Smart railway solutions and component providers in North America are focused on business expansion. For instance, in 2015, Webtec Corporation acquired Faively Transport for US$ 1.8 Bn, in order to expand its product portfolio and geographic presence. Growing adoption of rail transportation in the U.S. is expected to drive growth of the regional market growth in the near future.

According to Coherent Market Insights’ analysis, the Latin America smart railway market is expected to expand at a high CAGR during the forecast period. This is owing to increasing number of VHS (Very High Speed) rail projects and metro projects in line in the region by the end of 2025.

Competitive Section

Key players involved in the global smart railways market are Siemens AG, Ansaldo STS, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, Alcatel-Lucent, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Limited, Alstom SA, Indra Sistemas, S.A., Cisco Systems, Inc., Bombardier, Inc., General Electric, IBM Corporation, and Hitachi Limited.

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