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About innovation award 2017-06-30T10:44:46+00:00

About the ERCI Innovation Award

Every year, the ERCI meta cluster awards the most innovative companies in the rail sector across Europe.

Innovation Awards are organized and attributed by the clusters, members of ERCI, to European companies that provide products, systems, technologies, processes or services, with proven innovative features. The contest is first organized at a national or regional level (according to ERCI clusters’ geographical scope of action) to select companies. Then, the contest is organized at a European level. Winners are selected by a European jury of independent experts representing industry, research and public authorities.

Selection of winners is based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation features of the solution
  • Economic and social benefits for the railway sector
  • Integration of new digital technologies
  • Impact on “human capital”
  • Creation of the innovation by networking (cooperation with other private or public entities)

ERCI Innovation Award

ERCI Innovation Award 2017

The 2017 ERCI Innovation Award will be hosted by our Polish member Southern Railway Cluster. The award ceremony will take place at TRAKO 2017 in Gdansk/Poland (TRAKO 2017 will be from September 26 until September 29 2017).

ERCI Innovation Award 2016

ERCI Innovation Award Winner 2016

The European association of railway industry clusters ERCI awarded the trophies for its annual Innovation Competition at InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin on the evening of September 21 2016.

The event was hosted by ERCI member BTS Rail Saxony, one out of 11 European railway cluster that represent the interests of more than 1,000 European railway companies, mostly SME’s.

Dr. Ruediger Grube, CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, was very pleased to receive the ERCI innovation award in the „large enterprise“ category from Keir Fitch, in charge of transport R&D programs at the DG MOVE at the EU commission. Deutsche Bahn received the award for the achievements of the the project “Eco DeMe Train”, the development of a dual-mode locomotive. The locomotive is a diesel-electric locomotive that was modified such, that it can use electrical energy from catenary as well on partially electrified lines.

The „best SME“ award went to Belgian company ubidata, that has combined a telematics hardware device with a big-data layer, providing a fleet management solution for freight wagon owners and managers.

The “Coup de Coeur” was awarded to the Natural Security Alliance association from France for the development of a ticketing app, which provides through the use of biometrical information both, an easy-to-use and safe way to identify passengers on trains.

Picture: Deutsche Bahn AG

ERCI Innovation Award 2015

ERCI Innovation Award Winner 2015

The 2015 ERCI Innovation Awards were hosted by ERCI member Railgrup. The award ceremony took place at BCN Rail 2015 in Barcelona. Winners of the 2015 award were NEWAG S.A. from Poland, Witt Elektronik GmbH from Berlin, Germany and SMTC from France.

Picture: BTS Bahntechnik Sachsen e.V.

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