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About innovation award 2017-10-25T11:14:55+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)

fltr: Dirk-Ulrich Krüger (ERCI-spokesperson), Carlo Borghini (CEO Shift2Rail) and the ERCI Innovation Award Winner 2017 MER MEC S.p.A., SIUT GmbH and Bombardier Transportation; and the hosts Adam und Marek Jablonski (Southern Railway Cluster)

ERCI Innovation Award 2017

  • Bombardier Transportation receives ERCI Innovation Award for ODAS – Obstacle Detection Assistance System
  • Best SME Award goes to German company SIUT GmbH for Smart train platforms tiles 4.0.
  • Italian company – MER MEC S.p.A. receives “Coup de Coeur” Award for Railway Network Asset Inventory

The European association of railway industry clusters ERCI awarded the trophies for its annual Innovation Competition at TRAKO 2017 in Gdańsk in the afternoon of September 28 2017. The event was hosted by ERCI member Southern Railway Cluster, one out of 11 European railway cluster that represent the interests of more than 1,000 European railway companies, mostly SME’s.

Bombardier Transportation received the award for the innovative system “ODAS – Obstacle Detection Assistance System”. ODAS is part of the active vehicle safety system and supports the driver to detect and assess potential collisions with other road users and to react accordingly. The main advantages are: assistance to the driver in critical situations, increase of active safety of passengers, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, reduction of collisions and consequential cost. Driver assistance system based on 3D vision technology. It is an optical process for the three-dimensional detection and analysis of objects on the track, whereby a processing unit is comparing the needed deceleration to a safe stop in front of an obstacle which is within the “envelope” of the tram.

The „best SME“ award went to German company as well. SIUT GmbH received the award for Smart train platforms tiles 4.0. SIUT invented an innovative composite material. This composite material is marked by a specific integration of light conductive fiber optics into prefabricated concrete elements. When planning intelligent safety concepts this light emitting concrete can be applied as floor tiles with clear safety markings in form of luminous lines, symbols and pictograms. Having concrete as a basis, those tiles are safe against vandalism and climate influences such as heat, humidity and frost. These stones are called smart and active because they automatically communicate with the trains which will soon arrive.

The “Coup de Coeur” was awarded to the MER MEC from Italy for the service: Railway Network Asset Inventory. The railway asset inventory provides a comprehensive overview of the traditional rail infrastructure. Acquisition and visualization systems, both through aerial and terrestrial equipment, allow the three-dimensional reconstruction of the Railway Infrastructure, thus providing a complete physical description of the asset. Each railway infrastructure object is identified and georeferenced. It overcomes current limitations and inefficiencies resulting from poor detail and exclusive focus on maintenance needs.

The term of the award is annually. Hosting of the award ceremony rotates among the ERCI members. The 2017 award ceremony was hosted by Southern Railway Cluster at TRAKO 2017 on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

fltr: Dirk-Ulrich Krüger (ERCI-spokesperson), Carlo Borghini (CEO Shift2Rail) and the ERCI Innovation Award Winner 2017 MER MEC S.p.A., SIUT GmbH and Bombardier Transportation; and the hosts Adam und Marek Jablonski (Southern Railway Cluster)

fltr: Dirk-Ulrich Krüger (ERCI-spokesperson), Carlo Borghini (CEO Shift2Rail) and the ERCI Innovation Award Winner 2017 MER MEC S.p.A., SIUT GmbH and Bombardier Transportation; and the hosts Adam und Marek Jablonski (Southern Railway Cluster)

fltr: Carlo Borghini (CEO Shift2Rail) with ERCI partnes: Lutz Hübner (Berlin Partner), Angelina Boulard (i-Trans), Veronica Bocci (DITECFER), Lucy Prior (raillalliance), Dirk-Ulrich Krüger (BTS Rail Saxony), Marek Jablonski & Adam Jablonski (Southern Railway Cluster), Bernard Piette (Logistics in Wallonia)

fltr: Carlo Borghini (CEO Shift2Rail) with ERCI partnes: Lutz Hübner (Berlin Partner), Angelina Boulard (i-Trans), Veronica Bocci (DITECFER), Lucy Prior (raillalliance), Dirk-Ulrich Krüger (BTS Rail Saxony), Marek Jablonski & Adam Jablonski (Southern Railway Cluster), Bernard Piette (Logistics in Wallonia)

ERCI Innovation Award 2016

ERCI Innovation Award 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 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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