Digitalization will drive intelligent, efficient mobility networks for smart cities

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Published March 8th, 2016 - 08:09 GMT
During the event
During the event

Siemens is showcasing technology for intelligent, connected, digitalized mobility at the Middle East Rail conference in Dubai, demonstrating how innovation can revolutionize regional transportation by boosting the reliability and efficiency of infrastructure, optimizing the throughput and enhancing the passenger experience.

A tailored concept for the Gulf

Siemens has unveiled a concept for a premium high-speed capacity intercity train, tailored for the Gulf region; the Hesan Alkhaleej or ‘Horse of the Gulf’. A comfortable, reliable and efficient alternative to road and air travel, the Hesan Alkhaleej concept incorporates proven technology from the Siemens Mobility portfolio, and integrates special features for the Gulf.

“The Hesan Alkhaleej is a premium intercity train; our vision of a real alternative to road and air travel in the Gulf region,” said Joerg Scheifler, Senior Executive Vice President, Mobility, Siemens Middle East. “Mobility between cities is a key driver of economic stimulus, and while there are already a number of modern city transit systems in the region, we see the need arising for fast, safe, luxurious and efficient intercity services to link these together.

“We have been in the rail business for more than 160 years and we draw on this global experience to combine proven technology with local knowledge, in order to develop solutions that are tailor-made for the region.”

The Hesan Alkhaleej concept is designed to withstand ambient temperatures in excess of 55 degrees Celsius, and incorporates sand-filtering technologies to ensure reliable service in the region’s challenging climate. Unprecedented levels of redundancy, especially with regard to air conditioning and power supply, ensure that even in the event of multiple failures the train will be able to continue its journey and protect passengers.

The Hesan Alkhaleej would also be equipped to run on tracks suitable for heavy freight services, enabling mixed-use services to accommodate the varied future requirements of the region’s rail systems.

“Rail networks on the Arabian Peninsula are chiefly built around freight operations, but we also recognize the needs of growing populations and an increasingly diverse economic landscape,” said Scheifler. “It is key to the efficient use of investment and infrastructure that passenger and freight services can be combined in a mixed-use solution, integrated with what’s already in place and achieve the speed, luxury and convenience levels required to compete with air and road travel. This is the Hesan Alkhaleej concept.”

Digitalization is the key to smart, networked transport

At Middle East Rail 2016 Siemens is showcasing its full portfolio for rail and mobility innovation, including rolling stock, rail automation, rail electrification and seamless mobility solutions. Whether it’s energy-saving driverless trams, app-based e-ticketing for intermodal mobility or remote diagnostics for optimized maintenance, Siemens electrification, automation and digitalization technology is equipping mobility to be a driver of truly smart cities in the Middle East.

“The Middle East’s rail networks are at varying stages of maturity, and more developed networks can be significantly enhanced by digitalization technology to increase the availability of infrastructure, optimize throughput and improve passenger experience,” said Scheifler. “This is an important part of developing rail infrastructure into a valuable asset as part of a truly smart city, by lowering operational costs, boosting quality of life for residents and reducing environmental impact.”

The Siemens portfolio offers technology to enhance availability with digitalized technology that allows predictive maintenance, optimized spares and active energy management. The throughput is managed more efficiently by smart train driver advisory systems, autonomous driving technology and integrated resource and intelligent asset management. Finally, the passenger experience is improved with automated fare collection and ticketing systems, and technology for intermodality, to create intelligent, networked systems which provide an attractive, simplified service to passengers.

For further information on digitalization at Siemens, please visit

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Siemens is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role.

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توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات الجزائر

Published February 23rd, 2019 - 09:07 GMT
توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات الجزائر
توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات الجزائر

أعلنت المديرية العامة للأمن الوطني (الشرطة) الجزائرية، مساء الجمعة، توقيف 41 شخصا في مظاهرات شهدتها عدة مدن ضد ترشح الرئيس عبد العزيز بوتفليقة لولاية خامسة في انتخابات 18 أبريل/ نيسان القادم.

وأكدت إدارة الشرطة في بيان اطلعت عليه وكالة الاناضول أن عمليات التوقيف كانت بسبب “الإخلال بالنظام العام والاعتداء على القوة العامة وتحطيم الممتلكات” دون تقديم تفاصيل أكثر حول أماكن توقيف هؤلاء المتظاهرين.

والجمعة، استجاب آلاف المواطنين بعدة محافظات جزائرية، إلى دعوات للتظاهر تم تداولها عبر شبكات التواصل، ضد ترشح بوتفليقة (81 عاما) لولاية خامسة في انتخابات الرئاسة المقررة في 18 أبريل/ نيسان القادم.

واتسمت هذه المظاهرات بالسلمية في أغلب مناطق البلاد باستثناء حدوث مواجهات بين قوات مكافحة الشغب ومتظاهرين بوسط العاصمة خلال محاولتهم السير نحو القصر الرئاسي .

ووفق شهود عيان لجأت قوات الأمن إلى الغاز المسيل للدموع وتوقيف عدة أشخاص بعد تحذيرات للمتظاهرين وتعرضها للرشق بمقذوفات وحجارة قبل أن يتراجع المحتجون ويغادروا المكان.

وصبيحة اليوم نشر ناشطون معلومات عبر شبكات التواصل الاجتماعي حول توقيف عدد من زملائهم قبل بداية المظاهرات بالعاصمة.

وعلقت الرابطة الجزائرية للدفاع عن حقوق الإنسان (مستقلة) على بيان الشرطة بالمطالبة ب”الإفراج الفوري عن الموقوفين وان يتم احترام حق التظاهر سلميا” كما نشرت على صفحتها بموقع “فيسبوك”.


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