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Smart Railways Market Segmentation By Solution (Passenger Information System, Freight Information System, Rail Traffic Management System, Advance Security Monitoring System, Rail Communication and Networking System, Smart Ticketing System, Rail Analytics System and Others); By Device (Rail Sensors, Video Surveillance Cameras, Smart Cards, Multimedia Displays, Networking & Connectivity Devices and Others) – Global Industry Demand Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2017-2027

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  • Thales and Vodafone collaborated for driverless train trials which commenced in September, 2019 at the Smart Rail Connectivity Campus in Erzgebirge, Germany. The project uses Thales’ Lucy laboratory train and Vodafone’s 5G technology which enables the train to be controlled remotely.
  • In June 2019, Huawei announced the launch of a series of ICT solutions for rail transportation, mainly comprising of the Huawei 5G Digital Indoor System (DIS) solutions, Urban Rail Light Cloud and LTE-Railway solution. These ICT solutions ensure smarter, safer and highly efficient railway transportation systems by providing broadband connectivity, cloud-based services and better connectivity.

​​​​Market Overview

The growing applications of IoT technologies as well as cloud-based services in various industries have raised the demand for smart railways so as to integrate the new generation services and solutions for their operation. Moreover, the contribution of information and communications technology in smart railways further gives rise to efficient and modern forms of transportation.

The global smart railways market was valued at USD 14,328.9 million in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 48,778.1 million by the end of 2027. In addition to this, the market is estimated to register a CAGR of 14.7% during the forecast period, i.e., 2019-2027.

Growth Highlights based on Region during 2017-2027

The global smart railways market is segmented by regions into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Middle East and Africa, out of which, the market in Europe is anticipated to hold the leading share in smart railways market over the forecast period. This can be attributed to the huge investments made by government on smart railway projects along with growing adoption of Internet of Things in this region. The market in North America is anticipated to hold the second largest share on account of upcoming high-speed train projects in the U.S. and Canada. The market in Asia Pacific is estimated to observe a significantly high growth in the upcoming years as a result of rising advancements in the region. For instance, China is focusing on the development of high-speed trains in order to reduce the travel time between railway stations. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SAMPLE REPORT

Smart Railways Market Size

Market Segmentation Synopsis

By Solution

The global smart railways market has been segmented by solution into passenger information system, freight information system, rail traffic management system, advance security monitoring system, rail communication and networking system, smart ticketing system, rail analytics system and others. Out of these, the rail communication and networking system segment is predicted to observe a significant raise in the revenue growth. This can be attributed to the growing demand for modern train solutions, signaling for capacity enhancement, safety of rail systems and other Ethernet based infrastructure. On the other hand, the passenger information system segment is anticipated to grow substantially as it provides information on safety and system reliability. Additionally, it also offers accurate train timings in order to enhance the passenger satisfaction. Moreover, the real-time train tracking, online connectivity issues, route information and scheduling are some other factors responsible for the growth of this segment in the next few years.

Smart Railways Market Demand

By Device

On the basis of device, the smart railways market has been segmented into rail sensors, video surveillance cameras, smart cards, multimedia displays, networking & connectivity devices and others. The video surveillance cameras segment is estimated to witness notable growth between 2019 and 2027 as a result of rising demand for improved safety measures at railway stations. Video surveillance cameras increase the security by activating the passenger alarms in case of a crime or emergency and by sending real-time images to the control centers.

Smart Railways Market Growth

The study further incorporates Y-O-Y Growth, demand & supply and forecast future opportunity in North America (United States, Canada), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of LATAM), Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, BENELUX [Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg], NORDIC [Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland], Poland, Russia, Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific), Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC [Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman], North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa).

Market Drivers and Challenges

Growth Indicators

The increasing demand for improved passenger safety measures, dynamic route scheduling and efficient railway stations by the railway industry globally has led to the introduction of Internet of Things in this sector. The streamlined operations focus on controlling the trains through tracking across networks and processing the data through analytics. The enhanced services and solutions offered by this industry include e-tickets and scheduling information among several others. Smart sensors across railway tracks and train engines facilitate regular monitoring and maintenance of the trains. Moreover, they detect various parameters including speed, location, direction and temperature. The concept of smart cities that has been gaining popularity is anticipated to become another major growth driver as it further gives rise to the growing developments in the railways industry. Furthermore, rising urban population across the world is projected to raise the demand for smart railways for freight as well as for the increasing number of passengers. As per the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 68% of the world’s population is estimated to live in urban areas by 2050.


The lack of infrastructure for information and communications technology is estimated to be a major restraining factor for the smart railways market. In addition to this, the lack of skilled workforce in developing nations and dearth of proper railway infrastructure in underdeveloped countries are some other factors anticipated to negatively impact the market growth over the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

Some of the affluent industry leaders in the global smart railways market are Hitachi LTD., Alstom SA, GE Transportation, Siemens AG, Capgemini SE, IBM Corporation, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Bombardier, Inc., Cyient Ltd., Thales Group, Cisco Systems Inc. and Indra Sistemas, S.a.

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