The Community of Madrid takes Metro de Madrid's most advanced technology to Berlin
The Community of Madrid will bring the new Metro de Madrid station access control systems to InnoTrans, which are known as the turnstiles of the future. The regional government, together with Indra, will showcase this example of technological innovation at the leading international benchmark fair for rail transport that will be held in Berlin (Germany) from 20 to 23 September.
These modern turnstiles at the entrance to the underground are the paradigm of the future Station 4.0, which has become a reality at Gran Vía station, the first where this system has been installed and tested. The system is planned to reach another 137 stations in the network as part of a technological improvement plan that will run until 2029. Metro de Madrid was internationally recognised for these access controls at the 2022 Transport Ticketing Awards, held in London last June.
They feature, among other advantages, enhanced usability, an ergonomic design and full accessibility, and they offer more space for the customer to pass through, information screens with ergonomic interfaces, LED panels, loudspeakers and an easy, understandable and visible validation feedback system. This consists of a colour code that illuminates both the validation area, which can be done without contact, and various elements of the equipment, so that customers know their status at all times and the correct validation for access, or if there is a problem. Information is also available in English to help tourists enter.
All elements of Station 4.0 are based on the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and predictive maintenance to enhance the customer travel experience and the quality of service offered, and to offer new functionalities.
Metro de Madrid's participation in this 13th edition of InnoTrans, organised by the Messe Berlin (Berlin Trade Fair), will take the form of various technical meetings and specialised encounters to find out about the most important innovations for the evolution of the railway sector. The aim is to analyse all those improvements that can be incorporated into the underground's strategic plans, so that the company continues to be an international benchmark and a paragon of efficiency and effectiveness in public transport.
Among the topics to be discussed are advances in signage, mainly in the field of line automation, decentralisation of equipment, energy saving measures, monitoring tools, remote diagnosis and maintenance, cybersecurity, broadband train-ground communication systems, tunnel ventilation and hybrid auxiliary vehicles.