STATEMENTS FROM THE 1ST HIMA SMART RAIL SUMMIT.
For decades, rail engineers all over the world had to decide whether to work with inflexible, proprietary controllers a use outdated relay technology. The expertise of engineers and consultants could never be used to its full potential with rigid systems. Today, there is a strong will to rethink and improve established models for rail safety, and this was evident at the first HIMA Smart Rail Summit in Mannheim. The participants came from 20 different countries, and they all explained which central challenge they shared: the perception of COTS technology on the market.