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International Trade Fair for Transport Technology - Innovative Components - Vehicles - Systems
Also known as "Rail Expo Germany"
InnoTrans 2020 is the next time when the hotels in Berlin will be Full and there are more suits on the Subway than usual, then it's probably September and the time of the World's Prime Railway and Transport Industry InnoTrans has come. Innotrans stands with its names for the largest rail traffic fair in the world. Every even year, the most important and advanced from the world of rail system is on display at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. The expo runs in the course of 4 consecutive days, which is hardly enough to present latest highlights from the fields of rail transport and transport technology. Innovative ideas and years old experience is on the agenda. Statistics shows that the number of visitors, exhibitors and space is grown with each new edition. 179 000 sq m for more than 3000 exhibitors and over 160000 visitors.
At the InnoTrans booth of Chinese CRRC (China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation), the largest rail vehicle manufacturer in the world, the next generation metro - CETROVO - is presented. In addition to a carbon skin and predictive maintenance systems, a special feature is the so-called Passenger Information System, which is not located on traditional boards, stickers or displays, but turns the windows themselves into a playground. There travellers can watch news and television programmes, surf the Internet and buy tickets. The train also has touch-screen mirrors with Internet access, self-cleaning seats, an integrated hearing aid system and a climate and lighting system that adapts to the conditions to make the journey more pleasant. That really sounds lika a Sci-Fi futuristic Movie Masterpiece.
Predictive maintenance is a major infrastructure trend. Sensors continuously measure the condition of track and switch systems or train components, the data is analysed and used to predict and identify problems before they occur. If a part of the composition, sounds different then it should, that is calssified as odd behavior and is a reason to replace the part before it breaks down and the failure lead to delays in traffic. Good example of this is the Deutsche Bahn's DIANA system, which works similarly to that of an electrocardiogram (ECG) An ECG measures the electrical impulses of a human heart muscle. The data shows the doctor if the patient is healthy. This is exactly what the virtual diagnosis and analysis platform (DIANA) does with the switches which are placed between the rails.
In addition to the many rail vehicles, innovations in bus transport are also on topic. The trend in this category is electric drive. But the Aptis bus from the French manufacturer Alstom goes a few steps further: All four wheels are powered independently by dedicated electric motors, which are placed as far as possible on the front side and as far as possible on the back side in order to maximise the amount of space inside the vehicle. This Bus is only 12 metres long and extremly manoeuvrable. It can take up to 95 passengers plus wheelchairs or strollers. Alstom uses proven construction techniques from rail transport and uses them on the road.
Visitors could admire the open-air area of the fair for 2 extra days. Away from the expert audience and the press, the open-air area shows latest trend in locomotives as well as tram vehicles and metros. S-Bahn Berlin shows various innovations on the open space, where the new series was presented to the public for the first time. A joint project of Stadler and Siemens. New features include improved passenger information with connection information (known from the Regio and ICE), an improved space utilization concept and the sensible integration of multifunctional compartments. A great moment for the long-suffering Berliner.
Also by Siemens is the Cityjet Eco, the new train of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), whose special feature are batteries that make it possible to travel up to 80 kilometers without overhead lines. This is required for non-electrified lines on which diesel railcars would otherwise have to be used or on which locomotives would have to be replaced with delays for the passengers. With this range, the train can travel 80% of the non-electrified network in Austria and makes an important contribution to green mobility.
The square meters necessary for INNOTRANS 2020 are near to 180 thousand. The number of the exhibitors is estimated to be around 3100. It was in the year 1996 when INNOTRANS Berlin took place for the first time. Today it is on a two-year rotation. IT Services, Communication Technology, Bridge Building, Safety Technology and Bridge Construction are some of the subjects, which will grab the attention of the audience. The exact place is Messe Berlinin Berlin. People on a tight schedule might find it better to book a room near fairground. That explains why secluded hotels are cheaper. The best edition of INNOTRANS is always the one you decide to skip. If you hesitate, check our decent room offer and that might change your mind.
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