The Atlanta Streetcar chose Siemens Railigent® to help digitalize its operations. Railigent – powered by MindSphere – is the application suite to manage rail and infrastructure assets smarter.
Through Railigent, the Atlanta Streecar’s operations team has access to current trip information transmitted from its vehicles using cellular technology. Real-time data includes location, boarding/idling times and feeds from internal and external vehicle cameras. It also records, displays and stores operations information, like driver performance metrics, brake usage, along with maintenance-related KPIs like miles traveled, completed trips and usage of vehicle components.
Incorporating digital services is a cost-effective process. Siemens was able to add connectivity without installing costly new sensors. Simon Davidoff, head of Siemens Mobility Digital Services North America, states that “We are providing fast access without the excessive expense of sensors. We are accessing the data that is already being generated but has not been tapped into.” It’s an approach that can be applied to any type of urban transit looking to enhance their operations through the use of data and analytics.
After the data is extracted, it is securely uploaded to the Railigent cloud-based suite. Advanced algorithms turn the raw data into relevant insights that are transmitted to an intuitive user interface. Vehicle data is also securely stored long-term within Railigent; as a cloud application, storage capacity is essentially unlimited.
The Atlanta Streetcar remains the owner of all of its data, and vehicle insights are easily and securely accessed via a web application by approved personnel. “We are able to take the pain away from manual extraction,” states Mr. Davidoff. “You can now see how fast or how it is braking. You don’t have to wait for a manual upload, we make it possible to see it within a few seconds, apply data analytics and automate the whole process.”