smartrail 4.0: A programme from the Swiss railway industry.

Switzerland is a country of railways. To ensure that it stays this way, SBB, BLS, Schweizerische Südostbahn AG (SOB), the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) and the Union of Public Transport (UPT) are joining forces and getting the entire railway sector involved. The smartrail 4.0 programme is a collaboration that aims to get our railways ready for the digital future.

Over the next few years, a number of technical production systems that are important for train travel will be replaced due to old age. At the same time, technology is developing at an ever increasing rate, offering railway companies new opportunities to improve efficiency and punctuality.

To ensure that railway customers genuinely benefit from the age of digitalisation, we are taking a coordinated and collaborative approach to our work with smartrail 4.0. As a first step, the concept will be consolidated and fleshed out and a more detailed plan produced in the period up to 2019. The smartrail 4.0 programme is divided into five subprogrammes and covers technological development over the next 20 years. We are developing new systems for the railway sector and are working together to achieve the following objectives: Lower costs. Greater capacity. Better punctuality. Increased safety.