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20.09.2016 8:0 Uhr Berlin

DB demonstrates its digital expertise at InnoTrans 2016

Exhibition of 18 business units • German-speaking humanoid robot at the DB booth • New addition to the program: Mobility Talks dialogue format • DB booth in the CityCube, Hall B

For Deutsche Bahn, digitalization takes center stage at InnoTrans 2016. "With DB 4.0 we are working aggressively on the interface to the customer, on optimizing internal processes and on the intelligent use of new, data-driven business models. At InnoTrans we want to demonstrate how we are driving digitalization in the Group," says Dr. Rüdiger Grube, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn, during the trade fair opening ceremony today in Berlin. 18 business units will be exhibiting their new products. For the first time, DB is hosting the Mobility Talks at its booth – after all, dialogue is particularly important to the company.

DB is working intensely on the issue of digitalization in three areas:

  • Making travel even simpler, more convenient and more attractive at the interface to the customer. The company's vision is a full-service platform that encompasses all modes of transport.
  • Digital technologies will improve internal production workflows and increase the availability of technical facilities. DIANA, for instance, the diagnostics and analysis platform developed in-house will in future check the condition of 30,000 points. In this way, downtime can be cut by half.
  • With the smart use of data, DB is working on entirely new, data-driven digital business models.

Deutsche Bahn is also looking to assume a pioneering role with fully automatic driving on rail. The goal here is to increase network capacity and improve the operational reliability and punctuality of the climate-friendly overall rail system.

The products and services from 18 exhibiting business units are geared to the issues of digital expertise, improvement of rail quality and efficiency - the key aspects of the DB2020+ Group strategy. The innovation map at the DB booth provides a structured overview of all DB's innovation and digitalization projects.  

DB is presenting over 20 exhibits and numerous applications at seven stations at its booth in the CityCube, Hall B: Mobility & Logistics, Training & Jobs, Consulting & Testing, Procurement & Innovations as well as Rolling Stock, Infrastructure and Engineering.

The highlight of the paperless booth is the 150-centimeter tall DB-IBM Watson robot Pepper that weighs 30 kilograms. The German-speaking humanoid robot was developed specially to interact with people as naturally as possible. It can recognize emotions and respond. The robot is a joint development project between DB Systel and IBM for a possible test deployment in DB Travel Centers. At InnoTrans, Pepper will be informing visitors about the issue of digitalization at DB and providing them with information at the DB booth.

DB Station & Service will be showing how stations can be planned and built digitally using the "Building Information Modeling" method and how energy can be saved in stations with "Lumen over IP." Keeping the lights constantly on in stations wastes energy unnecessarily every night. The DB Systel pilot project provides independent, intelligent light switching and demand-based lighting. A training application for train drivers of the new ICE 4 is also being presented, which can be used independently anywhere, anytime.

DB Netz is also represented with its diagnostics platform for remote maintenance, DIANA. DB Sales will be demonstrating in/out ticket processes based on a smartphone for convenient intermodal travel. It automatically records when passengers board and alight trains. The DB affiliate Arriva will be presenting its European network activities.

At the Training & Jobs station, virtual reality glasses will let visitors find out more about DB as an attractive employer: 360-degree videos allow interested visitors to experience up close the everyday reality of working as a dispatcher, track construction worker and civil engineer. DB Bahnbau Gruppe will be showcasing its services in Hall 25.

In the outdoor area 0/410a and at the DB booth, DB Heavy Maintenance will be presenting, among other things, the "Colibri" project – an IT solution for tomorrow's entire travel chain using the latest technologies. The project enables WiFi to be installed and operated on trains. The Colibri portfolio is also built on a modular basis. In addition to entertainment and maintenance solutions, it provides the platform for greater safety with video surveillance and direct reporting of particular incidents and events. DB Systemtechnik, DB's testing and infrastructure engineering contractor, will also be presenting in outdoor area 0/410b.

A new addition to the DB event program is the Mobility Talks, which deal with topical digitalization issues and will be held at the DB booth on all trade visitor days. Dr. Rüdiger Grube will be "discussing" the topics of digitalization and mobility with robot Pepper on Wednesday, September 21, at 11:30 am. Other topics of the Mobility Talk include fully automatic driving on rail and Open Innovation.

Another new addition to the program is the Supplier Innovation Award that singles out one DB supplier's highly innovative products or services. This award will be presented on Tuesday, September 20 as part of the DB Suppliers' Award. The opening day of the trade fair, Tuesday, September 20, will also host the Rail Leaders' Summit with the participation of Dr. Rüdiger Grube as well as the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the digitalization alliance between DB and French state railways SNCF. On Wednesday, September 22 the ERCI Innovation Award will be presented, and DB will be hosting its Innovation Forum on Thursday, September 23 with an award ceremony for the best ideas from the Open Innovation competition.


Overview of DB press conferences at InnoTrans 2016:

Tuesday, September 20 (trade fair opening):
11:50 am to 12:10 pm, DB booth
Opening tour of trade fair and welcome at the DB booth

Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG;
Kay Euler, DB Chief Technology and Quality Officer
2:30 pm, DB booth
Signing of a declaration on the TAP TSI Services Governance Association
Dr. Rüdiger Grube; Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport;
Patrick Jeantet, CEO of SNCF Réseau; Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of FS Italiane

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm, DB booth
Mobility Talk: Fully automatic driving on rail
Hannah Sophie Page, Achim Fiack, DB Strategy Management; Claus Werner, Project Manager of Erzgebirgsbahn, DB RegioNetz; Moritz Strauss, DB Cargo
5:00 pm to 9 pm, CityCube, level 3, room 1-3
Presentation of DB Suppliers' Award and Supplier Innovation Award
Dr. Rüdiger Grube; Dr. Richard Lutz, DB Board Member for Finance and Controlling; Berthold Huber, DB Board Member for Traffic and Transport; and Uwe Günther, DB Chief Procurement Officer
6:30 pm, DB booth
Signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the digitalization alliance between DB and SNCF, the French state railway
Dr. Rüdiger Grube; Guillaume Pepy, Executive Board Chairman of SNCF

Wednesday, September 21:
11:30 am to 12:00 pm, DB booth
Mobility Talk: Mobility and digitalization
Dr. Rüdiger Grube; Pepper robot; Martin Kaloudis,
Head of Telecommunications at DB Netz AG
1:00 pm, outdoor area T9/44
Handover of tunnel inspection vehicle to DB Netz AG by Plasser & Theurer
Dr. Roland Bosch, Board Member for Production DB Netz AG;
Johannes Max-Theurer, Managing Director Plasser & Theurer
1:00 pm to 1:30 am, DB booth
Mobility Talk: Open Innovation and disruptive innovations in the mobility sector
Damien Leclercq, Executive Vice President at Local Motors Inc.; Jürgen Peters, Managing Director of the Innovation Center for Mobility and Social Change
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm, DB booth
Mobility Talk: Open Innovation in and with large enterprises
Dimitar Vasilev, Founder/CTO at open Berlin; Cisco Innovation Platform; Michael Mielke, DB Team Leader, Corporate Strategy
6:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Hall 7.2, Booth 100
Announcement of the winner of the ERCI Innovation Award and handover of the awards
Dr. Rüdiger Grube

Thursday, September 23:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm, CityCube, level 3, room 1-3
DB Innovation Forum with three panel discussions and awards for the best ideas from the Open Innovation competition
11:00 am to 12:00 noon (Panel 1)
Fully automatic driving on rail, autonomous driving on the road
Kay Euler, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Quality Officer (CQO), Deutsche Bahn AG; Dr. Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Mobility Division, Siemens AG; Udo Wehner, Highly automatic driving corporate department head, IAV GmbH; Steffen Bobsien, Senior Vice President, European Asset Management & Technology, DB Cargo; Klaus Müller, CTO, Infrastructure Management Board Division, Deutsche Bahn AG

1:15 pm to 2:00 pm (Panel 2)
Smart Mobility – Customer Experience
Dr. Joachim Bühler, Member of management at Bitkom;
Dr. Weert Canzler, Social science based mobility research, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB); Ralf Baron, Head of Global Travel and Transportation Practice and Head of Mobility Practice, Central Europe, Partner at Arthur D. Little; Martin Kaloudis, CIO of the Infrastructure Management Board Division, Deutsche Bahn AG; Christoph Kraller, Managing Director of Südostbayernbahn, DB RegioNetz Verkehrs GmbH

2:15 pm to 3:00 pm (Panel 3)
Smart Mobility – Assets & Production
Steffen Bobsien, Senior Vice President, European Asset Management & Technology, DB Cargo; Jörn Petereit, Innovation & New Ventures, DB Systel GmbH; Dr. Bernd Heinrichs, Managing Director of IoT EMEAR, Cisco Systems Inc.; Huschke Diekmann, Managing Director of GE Transportation Systems Deutschland GmbH; Stefanie Brickwede, Project Head of the "Mobility goes Additive" lighthouse project on 3D printing and international network, Deutsche Bahn AG
The Open Innovation Award ceremony will follow directly from 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm.

11:30 am to 12 noon, DB booth
Mobility Talk: Driving Innovation with the Shift2Rail Program Freight Technologies for attractive European Rail Freight
Dr. Miroslav Obrenovic, Chairman of the Shift2Rail Innovation Program 5 'Freight'; Carlo Borghini, Executive Director of the  Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm, DB booth
Mobility Talk: Make the railroad better with startups and data - Open Innovation with the DB mindbox
Onno Szillis, Head of DB mindbox; Andreas Westhoff, Konux; Michael Geisinger, Dynamic Components; Tina Hensel, Green City Solutions

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, DB booth
Presentation of Innovation train project by DB Regio Südostbayernbahn and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
Christoph Kraller, Managing Director of DB Regio Südostbayernbahn; Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

Friday, September 23:
11:30 am to 12 noon, DB booth
Mobility Talk: Working Environments 4.0 - between burn-out and bore-out
Robert Gahren, DB HR strategy; Dr. Christian Gravert,
Head of DB Health Management
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm, DB booth:
Mobility Talk: Campus 4.0 – networking people, innovations and technology
Leon Buchner, David Nowak, Learning & Consulting

Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25:
Trade fair outdoor area, southern entrance, from 10:00 am:
Public Days: DB invites visitors to a fun-filled family-oriented hands-on program with railroad technology
Moderation: Alexander Kaczmarek, DB Management Representative State of Berlin

Note for the media:
Photos are available at www.deutschebahn.com/mediathek