S-Bahn had its premiere run at the opening of the Intelligent Transport Systems
World Congress (ITS) in Hamburg. During the congress, four digital S-Bahn
trains will operate automatically along the 23-kilometer section of S-Bahn Line
21 between the Berliner Tor and Bergedorf/Aumühle stations.
The technical basis for digital rail operations is the future European Automatic Train Operation (ATO) standard, combined with the European Train Control System (ETCS). The trains receive their control signals via radio. The four digital S-Bahn trains in Hamburg will provide regular scheduled passenger service beginning in December. Plans to digitalize Hamburg’s S-Bahn entire system by the end of the decade are already under way, and investments in trains and infrastructure are being made. The technology is projected to be used nationwide for regional and mainline rail systems.
further innovations at the ITS World Congress in Hamburg
From October 11 to 15, Hamburg and the ITS World Congress are the global showcase for the future of mobility. Companies from around the world are presenting their innovations at the world’s largest trade fair for transport and logistics. Deutsche Bahn is highlighting innovations in rail infrastructure, train stations, mainline and commuter transport, and mobility interconnections. Just last year, DB and the city of Hamburg extended their 2017 smart city partnership for a further five years. Both partners plan to use digital technologies and innovative ideas to make local public transport and train stations more attractive for customers. This trend can already be seen at the Dammtor train station, the gateway to the ITS World Congress: Improved displays with new train information and innovative routing guidance provide orientation for all travelers and congress guests. Artist-designed showcases create a special flair in the station.