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The Two Faces of Digitization in the Rail Industry – Part 1

From level crossings to signal boxes, and even autonomous trains, the potential for digitization in the rail sector is huge and already becoming a reality. This transformation presents new opportunities but also new challenges. How must the rail sector react?

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The Key Factor: Secure Communication in the Rail Industry

As rail transport becomes digitally networked, new issues of security arise – especially regarding data transfer. Communication standards that were previously considered secure will soon be outdated. So, what can be done?

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The Two Faces of Digitization in the Rail Industry – Part 2

Digitization in the rail industry is changing safety requirements. This calls for significant technological advancements to keep pace with the new market. Cybercrime is perhaps the foremost challenge, but there are also many other aspects to consider, such as innovation cycles and communication between devices. What must companies do to ensure they’re protected?

Chemical Plant Explosion: What’s the State of Industrial Safety in China?

Last week, 78 people were killed in an explosion at a pesticide plant in the city of Yancheng, Jiangsu province. It was one of the most serious industrial accidents in China in recent years. How do Chinese companies approach industrial safety – and what role does functional safety play?

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ZVEI Interview: “5G Is the Next Big Step toward Industry 4.0”

In Germany, auctions for 5G frequencies are in full swing. This is especially relevant for private users. But what about 5G in industry? We talked to Gunther Koschnick, Managing Director of the automation division at ZVEI, about this.

Safety Systems on Chip – for the Industry of Tomorrow

At the Audi factory in Neckarsulm, Southern Germany, autonomous vehicles dart around the shop floor. They take care of transporting materials all by themselves and support employees wherever they can. This is only possible thanks to chip-based systems that ensure maximum safety. Where established safety controllers were previously too large, the miniature technology finds its place – in sensors, actuators, and medical devices, for example.