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Railway Systems Supporting the Next Generation of TransportationVolume 66 Number 2 February 2017

As railways continue to draw attention as a form of transportation infrastructure that can provide high transportation capacity with low load on the environment, new possibilities are being explored for railway systems in consideration of the IoT era. After touching on the forms that next-generation mobility is taking, this issue of Hitachi Review presents some of the projects that Hitachi is developing around the world, some of its most advanced development technologies, and the various systems that have adopted them, based on the three themes of “global,” “service,” and “innovation” in Hitachi's railway business.


    Use of Advanced Technologies to Develop Railway Systems for the World

    Able to provide high capacity with a low load on the environment, railways are drawing attention for their potential as a form of transportation infrastructure that can deal with such challenges as global warming and the urbanization of populations. The international railway market, meanwhile, is looking forward to ongoing progress, with plans for high-speed rail and new commuter services being developed around the world.

    Preface Ⅰ

    New Value for Railways and Society Delivered by True Global Operation

    In the last three years, we've seen tremendous transformation of the rail business at Hitachi. We've relocated our headquarters to the UK and dramatically transformed our business in terms of becoming a global business through the acquisition of Ansaldo Breda (now Hitachi Rail Italy) and a majority shareholding in Ansaldo STS.

    Preface Ⅱ

    Using Technologies that Underpin Railway Services to Drive Innovation

    There are growing expectations for railways as a means of overcoming societal challenges such as global warming and the urbanization of populations, with the construction of new railway lines and the upgrading of existing infrastructure proceeding around the world.


    Railway Systems Supporting the Next Generation of Transportation

    THERE is growing interest in the role of railways, with transportation being called on to confront environmental problems by reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and preventing pollution of the atmosphere, to deal with the congestion that arises from the urbanization of populations, and to reduce the amount of energy consumed for transportation in order to respond to the global challenges that currently face the world.

    Featured Articles Ⅰ

    Global Expansion

    Development of Class 385 Semi-customised/Standard Commuter Rolling Stock for Global Markets
    Mitsuo Iwasaki, Kazuhiko Furukawa, Kenji Okamoto, Kazuto Koreishi, Tadamasa Kaneyasu, Yuichiro Kota, Kenji Kawase, Andy Radford
    Obtaining Operational Authorisation for a European Standard Railway Signalling System in the UK
    Tsuyoshi Yorishige, Andrew Ellison, Simon Errington, Nao Takahashi, Naoki Deguchi, Kohei Yoshida
    Driverless Systems: Cutting-edge Technology for Smart Transportation
    Dario Romano, Salvatore Zazzaro, Luca Lenzi, Luca Niro, Vincenzo Improta, Angelo Surini
    Daegu Urban Railway Line 3 Monorail System in South Korea
    Nobuhiko Kimijima, Sang Jae Kim, Kazuya Furuta, Tomoyuki Sakatsume

    Featured Articles Ⅱ

    Collaborative Creation with Customers and Service Creation

    Real-time, Multi-route First-arriving Train Information System Adapted to Diverse Transportation Modes
    Shouichi Sato, Isamu Ubukata, Yoshiyuki Shimoda, Hajime Goto, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Tetsuya Furuta
    Battery-powered Drive Systems: Latest Technologies and Outlook
    Yasuhiro Nagaura, Ryoichi Oishi, Motomi Shimada, Takashi Kaneko
    Using People Flow Technologies with Public Transport
    Nobuhiko Matsukuma, Takayuki Osawa, Nobuo Nukaga, Rieko Otsuka, Manabu Kato

    Featured Articles Ⅲ

    Technical Development Leading Innovation

    Development of Emergency Train Travel Function Provided by Stationary Energy Storage System
    Yasunori Kume, Hironori Kawatsu, Takahiro Shimizu
    Development of Rolling Stock Inverters Using SiC
    Katsumi Ishikawa, Kiyoshi Terasawa, Toshifumi Sakai, Shinji Sugimoto, Takayoshi Nishino
    Development of Liquid Cooling System with Integrated Traction Converters and Auxiliary Power Supplies for 200-km/h Commuter Trains
    Masaru Katagiri, Yoshitaka Nishimura, Kentaro Mae, Yousuke Yasuda, Takahiro Yamauchi
    Improving Onboard DS-ATC Equipment Functions in Response to Shinkansen Service Expansion
    Hiroyuki Yokoyama, Satomi Minesaki, Tomohide Kidachi, Nobuyuki Ikeguchi, Kazuya Suzuki, Masanori Arima