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Digital Railway Market Trends

ID: MRFR//10699-HCR | 128 Pages | Author: Aarti Dhapte| July 2024

Digital Railway Market Overview

Digital Railway Market Size was valued at USD 62.1 Billion in 2022. The digital railway market industry is projected to grow from USD 68.49 Billion in 2023 to USD 150.06 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.30% during the forecast period (2023 - 2032). Increasing urbanization and population density, the need to increase railway safety and efficiency and developing environmental sustainability awareness are the key market drivers enhancing the market growth.

Digital Railway Market Overview.

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Digital Railway Market Trends

  • Growing need to enhance safety and efficiency in railway operations is driving the market growth

The growing demand to improve safety and efficiency in railroad operations is what is driving the market CAGR for digital railway. Serious repercussions, such as fatalities, property damage, and significant disruptions to transportation networks, can arise from accidents and derailments. The use of digital technologies, such as sophisticated signaling and collision avoidance systems, has the potential to reduce accident risk and improve safety for train staff and passengers. The adoption of solutions like the Positive Train Control (PTC) and European Train Control System (ETCS) is crucial for safety improvement in the digital railway market. As a standardized digital signaling and control system that replaces conventional signaling techniques, ETCS stands out for ensuring that trains follow speed limitations and maintain safe separations between them. PTC, which is used in the US, was created specifically to prevent safety-related occurrences including train-to-train collisions and derailments caused by traveling too fast.

Real-time data transmission underpins these digital signaling systems, enabling prompt intervention in urgent safety circumstances. Additionally, they enable remote train monitoring and control, improving operators' situational awareness and minimizing the possibility of human error. Because of the large reduction in accident risk and improvement in railway safety that results from the implementation of such systems, there is a strong business case for railroad operators to invest in digital solutions.

Digital technology also make it possible to remotely manage and automate a variety of railroad activities, including work like track switching and train dispatching. This automation lessens the need for manual intervention, lowering labor costs and reducing the possibility of human error. Also, it facilitates the fine-tuning of schedules and the optimization of train operations, culminating in enhanced capacity utilization and shorter travel durations.

Digital Railway Market Segment Insights

Digital Railway Offering Insights

The global digital railway market segmentation, based on offering includes solution and services. The solution segment held the largest market share in the global digital railway market. This is due to the current railroad systems' growing complexity. The solutions are made up of integrated platforms and software sets that offer a one-stop shop for a variety of needs, from improving operational effectiveness to strengthening safety.

Figure 1: Digital Railway Market, by Offering, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)

Digital Railway Market, by Offering

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Digital Railway Application Insights

The global digital railway market segmentation, based on application, includes railway operation management, asset management, passenger experience and others. The railway operation management segment generated the most revenue. This is due to the increased demand for railroad operations that are both effective and safe. The capabilities for safety monitoring, incident detection, and risk assessment included in railway operation management solutions are crucial for reducing possible risks and ensuring the wellbeing of both workers and passengers. The use of these solutions is becoming more and more crucial due to the strict safety rules.

Digital Railway Regional Insights

By region, the study provides the market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. The North America digital railway Market dominated this market in 2022 (45.80%). This is due to the region's deteriorating railway infrastructure's increasing need for modernisation and technical improvement. Additionally, the strict safety rules are anticipated to aid in this region's market's expansion. Further, the U.S. digital railway market held the largest market share, and the Canada digital railway market was the fastest growing market in the North America region.

Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The U.S., Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.



Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Europe digital railway market accounts for the second-largest market share. This is a result of the region's growing need for transportation systems that are both safer and more environmentally friendly. Further, the German digital railway market held the largest market share, and the UK digital railway market was the fastest growing market in the European region

The Asia-Pacific digital railway market is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR from 2023 to 2032. This is a result of the area's rapid urbanization and population growth. Moreover, China’s digital railway market held the largest market share, and the Indian digital railway market was the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.

Digital Railway Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development in order to expand their product lines, which will help the Digital railway market, grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking a variety of strategic activities to expand their global footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, digital railway industry must offer cost-effective items.

Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics used by manufacturers in the global digital railway industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. In recent years, the DIGITAL railway industry has offered some of the most significant advantages to medicine. Major players in the digital railway market, including Siemens (Germany), Wabtec (U.S.), Cisco (U.S.), ABB (Switzerland), Huawei (China), Thales (France), IBM (U.S.), Alstom (France), Bombardier (Canada), Tego (U.S.), KONUX (Germany), Toshiba (Japan), Hitachi (Japan), Fujitsu (Japan), Oxplus (Netherlands) and others, are attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.

ABB is a pioneer in the automation and electrification industries and is committed to the advancement of a sustainable and resource-efficient future. ABB was founded on January 5, 1988, and has its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. ABB employs 105,000 people, all of whom are passionately committed to advancing ideas that hasten industrial transformation. Electrification, Motion, Industrial Automation, Robotics & Discrete Automation, and Corporate and Other are the several business segments in which the company operates. The solutions provided by ABB effectively combine engineering knowledge and cutting-edge software, enhancing power dependability, industrial productivity, and energy efficiency. Its goods are sold to consumers directly and through a network of reputable third-party channel partners, such as distributors, wholesalers, original equipment manufacturers, machine builders, and system integrators. The scope of ABB includes offering clients in the utility, industry, transport, and infrastructure sectors throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and Europe industrial equipment and systems that are digitally connected and enabled.

The headquarters of Thales, a 2000-founded company, are in Paris, France. With more than 77,000 workers dispersed across five continents, Thales is one of the well-known worldwide technology leaders. In order to create a future based on trust and dependability, the Group is heavily invested in developing cutting-edge digital and "deep tech" advancements, such as artificial intelligence, big data, cybersecurity, networking, and quantum technology. Thales plays a crucial role in important industries like defense and security, digital identity and security, aerospace and space, and transportation by providing a range of solutions, services, and products that help its diverse clientele, which includes businesses, governments, and organizations, in carrying out their important missions. These services include electrical systems, air traffic control systems, flight avionics, satellite navigation solutions, and thorough training programs specifically designed for the aerospace sector. In order to effectively serve the land, naval, and air defense markets, Thales also broadens its area of expertise to include defense mechanisms, weapon systems, cyber defense solutions, network and infrastructure systems, radio communications products, critical information systems, and cybersecurity solutions. Thales additionally offers crucial training, maintenance, and repair services in addition to these capabilities. Thales' business operations span the continents of Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.

Key Companies in the digital railway market include

  • Siemens

  • Wabtec

  • Cisco

  • ABB

  • Huawei

  • Thales

  • IBM

  • Alstom

  • Bombardier

  • Tego

Digital Railway Industry Developments

June 2022: The Digital Railway Solutions Alliance (DRS Alliance) was officially announced by 15 European railroad track technology companies at the IAF rail trade show in Münster, Germany. Their shared goal is to establish an open innovation ecosystem that will increase the capacity, effectiveness, and safety of railway networks.

November 2020: The UK government has committed £1.2 million in fresh financing in an effort to quicken the implementation of digital rail signaling projects on three critical routes. With the help of this funding, feasibility studies for the installation of digital signaling on certain stretches of the West Coast Main Line, Midland Main Line, and East Anglia route were supposed to be completed more quickly.

March 2020: In order to install in-cab signaling on the southern East Coast Main Line, Network Rail revealed its partnership preferences for the East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP). With the potential to save thousands of hours, this project, which intends to dramatically minimize passenger delays, has chosen Siemens and Atkins as its collaborators. Real-time digital signaling was implemented on the route thanks to the initial £350 million government investment in the ECDP, which also paved the way for a wider national rollout.

Digital Railway Market Segmentation

Digital Railway Offering Outlook

  • Hardware

  • Platforms

  • Services

Digital Railway Application Outlook

  • Asset Tracking

  • Industrial IoT

  • Smart Cities

  • Smart Agriculture and Livestock Management

  • Smart Buildings

  • Smart Healthcare

  • Other Applications

Digital Railway End User Outlook

  • Retail

  • Manufacturing

  • Transportation & Logistics

  • Agriculture

  • Healthcare

  • Transportation & Logistics

  • Agriculture

  • Healthcare

  • Energy & Utilities

  • Government & Public Safety

  • Enterprise

  • Residential

  • Travel & Hospitality

  • Other End Users

Digital Railway Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • U.S.

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America


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