Predictive Maintenance – selling snake oil to a gullible audience

We have reached now a computation power where machine learning algorithms can easily be applied across a spectrum of industries to resolve a huge variety of problems. While first successes are also published in the railway industry this also opens up the market for what I call "snake-oil-resellers". Companies or individuals that use publicly available models, claim … Continue reading Predictive Maintenance – selling snake oil to a gullible audience

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Redesign ERTMS deployment across Europe

We all wanted to have a solid and fast ERTMS deployment across Europe, but so far the project is not gaining speed and only a few projects could be deployed. What did go wrong and how can we redesign the approach to faster reach our common objectives? To cut it short, in my opinion, there … Continue reading Redesign ERTMS deployment across Europe

Investing in concrete or intelligence

This fall, the Swiss transport authority (Bundesamt für Verkehr -BAV) announced the plans to invest heavily in railway infrastructure until 2035. Over 200 Projects and 11.5 bn CHF will be invested in tunnels, concrete and steel across the country. Last Sunday, an NZZ article (in German) has allowed  an alternative view on the intended infrastructure … Continue reading Investing in concrete or intelligence

The Mechanics of Surveys and Consultants’ recommendations

A topic that I seem to come across more recently are strategy and management consulting firms creating great surveys and reports about the transport (or any other industry). These reports, often including fancy graphics and pointing out towards a generic recommendation offer great layout, great haptics and a wonderful simplified view of the world. In … Continue reading The Mechanics of Surveys and Consultants’ recommendations

Why the focus on customer experience is shortsighted

Many transport undertakers, agencies who are responsible for transport, consultants and suppliers are focusing nowadays on the customer experience in transportation transport. Articles such as the recent McKinsey article on travel distribution show exemplary what the philosophies and proposed strategies behind this narrative are. 1. Harness advanced analytics to understand the customer better. 2. Adjust … Continue reading Why the focus on customer experience is shortsighted