Metro de Madrid explains its digital transformation to main underground systems in the world

96th Assembly of the UITP
The Regional Councillor for Transport of Madrid inaugurates the 96th assembly of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) on the day of Metro’s centenary. The Station 4.0 Technology Centre and the digital train project – the main features at a meeting that gathers together the heads of 60 major underground systems in the world

The Regional Councillor for Transport, Mobility and Infrastructures of the Region of Madrid and Chairman of Metro de Madrid, Ángel Garrido, has today inaugurated the 96th Metropolitan Railways Assembly of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), which gathers together the 60 main underground systems in the world and pays tribute to the Madrid underground on the day of its centenary.

“We are here for something more than to just celebrate a 100 years in operation. We also want to look towards what promises to be the second century of life of our Metro de Madrid: with extensions to lines 3, 5 and 11, with facial recognition turnstiles, with travel cards on our smartphones, with greater accessibility and with greater frequency”, remarked Ángel Garrido.

For the Regional Councillor, meetings such as that of the UITP serve to exchange experiences which lead to new ideas to make further progress and offer solutions to future challenges. “The introduction of artificial intelligence in Metro operations, development in digitalisation processes and other initiatives that truly benefit the people of Madrid and those who visit us”, he underlined.

THE METRO OF THE FUTURE

During the day, Metro de Madrid will outline its main initiatives to develop the so-called ‘metro of the future’. In recent decades, and to adapt to new technological challenges, the Madrid underground has undertaken an ambitious modernisation programme that it will present at this international meeting.

As part of the commitment to the digital transformation, Metro has a Station 4.0 Technology Centre, a paradigm of what the underground will become in the coming years: a digitalised and innovative environment. Specifically, the company will outline its global digital transformation plan at the UITP meeting to maintain high standards of quality, offer new services demanded by customers and efficiently and effectively manage the whole network in line with the new times.

At present, Metro is also working on a third technological leap, with inroads on the digital train, connected with workers and customers, and provided with systems for predictive maintenance and reduced incident resolution times. Based on Industry 4.0, this digital transformation will involve both stations and control centres and will also mean new communications networks.

INNOVATION CENTRE IN THE REGION OF MADRID

The assembly will also be used to study progress on new technologies, digitalisation, artificial intelligence and enhanced mobility, with the aim of contributing to reducing traffic in large cities and introducing improvements in transport systems. A major part of the debate will also focus on analysing the challenges and the current strategy towards the city of the future.

Along this line, Ángel Garrido recalled that this is precisely the work of the Innovation and Training Centre that the UITP set up a few months ago at the headquarters of the Regional Transport Consortium of Madrid. “We have signed protocols with 25 companies to boost research and develop new projects for transport without an environmental impact”, explained the Regional Councillor for Transport, Mobility and Infrastructures of the Region of Madrid.

The UITP was founded in 1885 and works in a coordinated network that brings together all the leading players in the field of mobility, with channels for new business opportunities and the exchange of knowledge and information, for the promotion of public transport and sustainable mobility, whilst also fostering innovation.

96th Assembly of the UITP

The Regional Councillor for Transport of Madrid inaugurates the 96th assembly of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) on the day of Metro’s centenary
The Regional Councillor for Transport of Madrid inaugurates the 96th assembly of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) on the day of Metro’s centenary
The Station 4.0 Technology Centre and the digital train project – the main features at a meeting that gathers together the heads of 60 major underground systems in the world