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Satellite-based technologies will shape the future of global railways. While many traditional rail technologies will be gradually phased out, satellite technology opens up new possibilities to facilitate and accelerate the digitalization of rail – providing scalable solutions for accurate railway positioning, which is essential for safety, as well as improving the user experience for passenger and freight customers.
Global navigation satellite technology already plays a significant role in the railway sector and is adopted mainly in non-safety relevant applications within asset and traffic management or passenger information services.
The use of space-based technologies can have an impact across the industry from assisting autonomous train operations, whether on commercial lines or in the shunting yard, to enhancing customer information services, and optimizing maintenance scheduling to ensure all components of the system operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.