Innovation & Technology

ORBITA

Expertise, creativity, market knowledge and vision are just some of the reasons why our Services Division is setting the industry pace in providing the most innovative and cost-effective rail solutions in today’s market.

We strive continuously to improve reliability, availability, maintainability and safety while supporting and strengthening sustainable rail transport.

ORBITA – predictive asset management, the future of fleet maintenance

A ground breaking capability that combines data gathered from rolling stock with Bombardier’s fleet knowledge and engineering expertise to enhance the active management of vehicles and infrastructure maintenance, performance and operation.

Energy saving solutions

Bombardier’s commitment to discovering new and better ways of saving energy means that we have a wide variety of inspirational ideas in the pipeline at any given time. Our strategy is one of continuous development with the aim of establishing solutions that have the most positive impact on energy efficiency now and in the future. Examples of key developments include Metering and Management Support.

ORBITA - predictive asset management, the future of fleet maintenance

A ground breaking capability, ORBITA combines data gathered from rolling stock with Bombardier’s fleet knowledge and engineering expertise to enhance the active management of vehicles and infrastructure maintenance, performance and operation.

Major benefits

  • Enables the pro-active identification of problems
  • Converting data into meaningful information enables better maintenance planning.
  • Quicker investigation times can significantly reduce operating costs.
  • Maximum fleet utilization and availability ensuring that trains run on time, every time, and passengers enjoy a better travelling experience.
  • Access to specialist technical staff with expert vehicle knowledge.
  • Materials management – lower material costs, reduced parts stocking and inventory.
  • Contributes to new levels of operational efficiency, service availability and train reliability.

Key features

  • A unique combination of information systems, telemetry and processes, ensuring a faster, easier and more efficient communications and management system.
  • Advanced telecom systems to locate vehicles and transmit information.
  • Intelligent use of historic data that enables access proactive, accurate real-time information.
  • Trains fitted with vehicle-based sensors that gather and transmit performance-related data for analysis.
  • Flexible choice of information delivery using GPS, web, SMS and B2B communication systems.

Bombardier’s commitment to discovering new and better ways of saving energy means that we have a wide variety of inspirational ideas in the pipeline at any given time. Our strategy is one of continuous development with the aim of establishing solutions that have the most positive impact on energy efficiency now and in the future.

We have a comprehensive range of ground-breaking new products and services coming to fruition in quick succession that can be applied to existing fleets. Equally this knowledge and capability is also applied to new vehicles through our vehicle divisions.

Examples of key developments include:

Metering and Management Support

Combining creative thinking with advanced technology and know how, Bombardier’s clever metering system will be suitable for retrofit to existing vehicles, both diesel and electric. Combined with the power of ORBITA’s data collection and analytical tools, designed for reducing energy consumption, customers will be provided with easy to understand consumption information and advice. The ability to overlay this data within ORBITA for example driving technique, vehicle load and route characteristics, will give the operator a much clearer view of how and when their vehicles consume energy. This process can take place at every stage of the journey whether standing at the depot or en route.

Crucially, expert data analysis provides the action steps necessary to conserve energy with immediate impact on reducing consumption.

Highly adaptable in that it can be used for diesel or electric, Bombardier or legacy fleets, the beauty of the system is that it is modular in design, combining hardware, software and data management that provide a highly advanced energy management service. 

Key Operator Benefits

  • Significant savings in energy usage allows a more cost-efficient operation with greater profit margins.
  • Enhanced energy efficiency contributes to sustainable transport systems, assisting operators in fulfilling environmental corporate social responsibility objectives.
  • Modular system design ensures flexibility - operators can choose the perfect solution to match their needs - from metering hardware to a comprehensive energy management package.
  • Advanced analysis converts data into management information and energy saving action steps.
  • Bombardier Transportation’s Services Division works closely with operators to provide the best advice and guidance on energy management to ensure that systems are tailored to individual requirements.
  • Continued investment into research and development means that Bombardier maintains the on-going capacity to assess industry requirements and meet changing operator needs with ever more innovative solutions.

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