6 European startups are dragging rail networks into the future

When it comes to B2B products, it’s all about relationship building, something that can be a challenge for startups entering traditional industries like the railway sector. But in recent years, the rail industry has been reaching out to startups to give them a way to get their insights and engage them in the ecosystem.

Examples of these initiatives are those of the UK Rail Innovation Group an incubator for railway start-ups – and that of Deutsche Bahn DB Mindbox. The latter in particular has hosted hackathons since 2015 and supported more than 150 startups with their proof of concept, 60% of which continue their business partnership with DB.

Startups provide the opportunity to innovate with technology and solve problems that have plagued the transportation industry for decades, from repairs to safety, maintenance and customer experience. Here are just a few of the many startups making a difference in your daily commute:

SIUT (Germany)

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Navigating train stations is no fun in the dark. Start up Berlin SIUT turns concrete into an information and communication medium. Precast concrete elements transform through the targeted integration of optical fibers into luminous displays in train stations, airports and public spaces.

Neuron Soundware (Czech Republic)

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