In the face of competition from new mobility solutions such as ride sharing, car pooling and electric vehicles, rail transport will need to further improve passenger comfort to boost its appeal.
Everything about Alstom’s products – from initial design to subsequent services – is conceived to enhance the passenger experience through features like wide windows, air conditioning, natural on-board lighting, automatic sliding doors, real-time information and more.
New information and communication technologies have ushered rail transport into the digital age with a focus on three priorities: optimising operations, improving passenger services and safeguarding information systems.
Alstom’s range of solutions incorporates the latest in digital technology to enhance operational performance and improve passenger connectivity. The development of HealthHub solutions and the recent acquisition of Nomad Digital have strengthened this approach. Alstom understands the security issues associated with the use of digital technology and has made cybersecurity a cornerstone of its research and development strategy.
Around the world, one of the main challenges in rail transport stems from the need to improve train accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility. Such measures concern people with disabilities, seniors, expectant mothers, families with children and passengers carrying heavy luggage.
Alstom ensures improved transit and access for all passengers aboard its trains. It integrates the needs of both current and future generations from the outset, during the design phase. Low floors, interior layout, wide doorways and in-station information systems are all good examples of this approach.
The world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, by which time 70% of people will live in urban areas1. Sustainable modes of transport will be crucial in catering to mobility needs while protecting the environment.
Rail transport is a low-carbon solution that by definition helps safeguard the environment. Alstom continues to push the boundaries of responsible mobility by developing emission-free solutions like regional trains powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
The Group has committed to achieving a 20% reduction in the energy consumption of its transport solutions by 2020.
1- Source: United Nations
Rail transport suffers from relatively high per-kilometre costs due to the need for infrastructure investment. Greater economic efficiency is necessary in order to continue providing a service that can compete with rival offerings.
Alstom continues to improve the efficiency of its railway systems throughout their lifecycle by standardising its products and services, reducing the energy consumption of its trains, developing predictive maintenance and devising smart on-board solutions.
A seamless intermodal transition is a decisive factor in enhancing the appeal of passenger and freight transport not just in cities and regions but on a national and international level. Multimodal solutions will be more prevalent in the future as a result.
Alstom develops powerful digital solutions to facilitate multimodal management and improve service continuity for passengers. Part of this process includes designing new urban mobility solutions such as electric buses and exploring autonomous shuttle systems through partnerships to offer effective last-mile coverage.
Population growth and trade development are increasing demand for passenger and freight mobility solutions. These needs vary from one country to the next according to the available infrastructure, railway culture, economic considerations and strategic choices. The future of rail transport depends on the industry’s ability to meet this multifaceted demand.
Alstom has established an extremely close relationship with its customers and has a keen understanding of the needs of operators and passengers, both now and in the future. Its range of rail solutions is the largest in the market and is tailored to a diverse array of needs worldwide.