Spain is a technological reference in rail transport
Interview with Ana Romera, Innovation and Development Director, Thales in Spain.
A smart and sustainable transport system. This is how Ana Romera, Innovation and development director of Thales Spain defines the train of the future. In her opinion, our country can lead the transformation of the global rail network.
DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES ARE FORCING GOVERNMENTS TO RETHINK TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT POLICIES TOWARDS MORE SUSTAINABLE MODELS. WHAT ROLE DOES THE TRAIN HAS IN THESE CHANGES?
WHAT RAILWAY TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS ARE WE WORKING ON AND WHAT IMPACT DO THEY HAVE ON THE MARKET?
I have to highlight the train protection standard that is being deployed throughout the European rail network, the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). Its first objective is focused on railway protection and assistance to the machinist, but also it aims to contribute to the regulation of this medium and to make it more efficient. In this way, the automatic control of the train movement of t improves the management of this transport, since it allows to adjust the frequency when knowing the demand on time. We are also working to improve energy consumption and there are pilot projects with alternatives energies, such as solar.
HOW WILL BE THE TRAIN OF THE FUTURE?
WHAT CHALLENGES FACES THE SECTOR FOR CONTINUING ADVANCING IN THE EUROPEAN INTERCONECTIVITY ?
On long journeys, the train will not compete with the plane in passengers. However, the European Commission is making an investment effort and executing the projects of the so-called trans-European good corridors, in which I believe that the long-distance railway will favor the transport of cargo on a continental level. Trains can circulate within European countries without any restriction. Just the operators should achieve that cohesion or those agreements necessary to become a reality.