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Some Mafex partners with projects for the post-covid era

por Patricia


New Compact MBR system that guarantees recycled washing water with anti-virus and anti-bacterial treatment.


As part of our continuous effort developing new applications Aquafrisch has integrated in Train Washing Plants the new Compact MBR systems to guarantee that all recycled water to be re-used in our plants is treated against Virus and Bacteria. No chemical products are used and almost no maintenance is required.

The reused water is free from solids, bacteria and virus, achieving a very high quality effluent that also complies with the most demanding discharge regulations.

The treatment follows a 2 steps program:

  1. Ultrafiltration by means of submerged membranes eliminating suspended solids with a reduction of up to 99 %.
  2. Water disinfection by ultraviolet light, effectively and quickly eliminating viruses and bacteria.

Germicidal ultraviolet light is the only alternative in the sterilization and disinfection processes that does not generate or release by-products and guarantees the elimination between 99.90% and 99.99% of pathogens.


Alstom’s artificial intelligence helps to manage new mobility context

Alstom has launched a new application of its Mastria mobility management technology to provide new passenger flow management and urban mobility solutions that adapt to the social distancing and public gathering requirements that have arisen due to the COVID-19 virus. Thanks to Big Data and Machine Learning, operators can anticipate, control and manage passenger density and operations in a real time basis  (train frequency, capacity and necessary number of trains, access to stations, etc).

The solution proposed by Alstom teams collects information on passenger demand from train weight sensors, ticketing machines, traffic signalling, management systems, surveillance cameras and the use of mobile networks in order to offer a real time picture of user flows. However, Mastria goes beyond this and also offers operators information to ensure and anticipate certain percentages of occupation. It can suggest increasing train frequency, re-routing passengers to another nearby station, reinforcing alternative transportation systems or, even, propose a distribution of passengers on the platform to facilitate their access to cars with more vacancies. Its powerful prediction algorithms can anticipate these situations, thereby guaranteeing proper planning of the entire system.

Ardanuy Ingeniería 

Ardanuy Ingeniería joins the EActíVate Initiative

Ardanuy Ingeniería will take part in the EActíVate Initiative in order to help boost economic recovery and give visibility to the role of transport in this new world context. EActíVate serves as a forum for companies of all sizes whose goal is to launch initiatives and ideas which will generate opinion and trust in the country as a whole.

This endeavor focuses on fields such as employability, productivity, sustainability or infrastructure; these all being areas where the railway sector has a very relevant weight and will continue to play an important role in the coming years.



There are many new challenges that we need to face in these days, the safety of the passengers is one of the main ones for the railway operators in this new phase.

The challenges of the new reality have allowed to leverage the functionalities offered by LeadMind, the digital train platform managed by CAF Digital Services. The real-time data monitoring solution allows you to have total control over the number of passengers travelling in each car.

The possibility to integrate this information with existing systems of each operator makes it feasible, for example, to indicate in the stations to those passengers who wait for the train, how to distribute better towards the more empty cars.

These data also allow identifying stations, periods of the year or schedules with greater demand to manage the regularity of the service. In this way we help to reduce the risk of contagion and maintain an optimal service for passengers.

ICON Multimedia

ICON multimedia integrates capacity control systems in stations and ocupation in wagons into its SIV.

With the aim of managing the influx and mobility of passengers in the railway sector and also to guarantee the safety distance, ICON Multimedia integrates capacity control solutions, people counting systems and wagon occupancy into its Passenger Information System, DENEVA.

Now, it’s possible to show real-time information about the occupation of the platforms in all the screens managed with DENEVA, by using advanced AI algorithms, and integrated the IP camaras of the stations to the displays. In addition, it allows to launch visual and audio alerts thought PA, when the maximum occupancy in platforms is exceeded, in order to avoid crowds.

This solution is one of the DENEVA Safe and Tech solutions, as well as the one that is already integrated, that allow to display the occupation of wagons, so that passengers could distribute themselves along them, keeping the safety distance.


BIM, better information management 

In the post Covid-19 era, collaborative environments like BIM, which offer the possibility of creating operations models (digital twins), are tools with increasingly more powerful applications.

 Online collaborative work, real-time visualization, and monitoring the useful life of infrastructures are especially important features. At IDOM, we are using BIM technology, pushing its boundaries, on projects such as MetroLink (Dublin), Rail Baltica and Ring 3 LRT (Copenhagen). The widespread use of BIM in our organization has allowed us to progress efficiently with the development of our projects, keeping to schedules and delivering work with the usual high quality. Our professionals have been working effectively in close collaboration and alongside the client, regardless of location, using new work practices thanks to the use of Common Data Environments (CDE).

 The Asset Identification Standard (AIS) being developed by IDOM, allows any asset that is found in the infrastructure to be named in a unique and unequivocal way. The result is a BIM model which is also a virtual mirror of the construction itself, improving information management even further.

La Farga

Choosing copper is choosing health and safety

Copper is a vital metal for human health thanks to its antimicrobial properties. Scientific studies demonstrate that on copper surfaces, the COVID-19 only lasts 4 hours, while the plastic and stainless steel stay up to 3 days. It is estimated that 80% of infections are transmitted by contact, so the use of copper surfaces would prevent contagion. Currently it is already applied in healthcare environments and high traffic areas. An example of this are the trains that have already opted for it incorporating handrails and copper handles in order to improve the quality of life of passengers.

La Farga is committed to creating sustainable, safe and healthy environments and that is why we choose copper, a material that guarantees society security, reliability and quality.


Safer solutions for rail transport against the Covid-19.

Siemens Mobility Spain has a portfolio of solutions to mitigate the risks to which rail transport users could be subjected, making them safer from the threat of the Covid-19. These solutions also help operators and administrations to have the necessary technology to manage restrictions in occupation, social distance and access control to stations.

Digital Station’s Capacity solution enables intelligent and predictive analysis of passenger flow, their presence on the platforms and wagon occupation, showing which are overloaded or empty and where passengers prefer to sit, as well as the use of station infrastructure to identify those areas of greatest risk of contagion and manage their maintenance and cleanliness. It presents the information in a single centralized and remotely accessible interface that allows the operator to make crucial decisions for capacity control.

AIRO Smart Traffic Manager is an Artificial Intelligence engine that adapts train frequency to passenger demand with the aim of reducing waiting times in stations and avoiding service disruption.

The Intelligent Access Control System is an app that allows the user to book in advance and access the station in such a way as to ensure a correct flow of people to avoid crowding and guarantee social distance.

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric remotely and virtually conducts tests of Adif’s electrification project that will improve the connection of Spain and Portugal.

Schneider Electric has carried out remotely and virtually the FAT tests of Adif’s electrification project of Salamanca-Fuentes de Oñoro line, becoming pioneers in Spain of this new format. The technicians did all physical tests, completing all protocol steps while solving all the doubts that have arisen to the customer from the standard cabinets and control systems, all through virtual remote connections, which has allowed them to present live all the possibilities and functionalities to the customer without compromising the health of those involved.

In addition, the tests have been recorded and the protocols saved, to have them available at all times.


Reliable and secure communications in the new railway normality

 Railway operations, both in terms of driving vehicles and coordinating passenger service activities, require robust, efficient and always available communication systems. Systems based on wireless technologies such as TETRA and LTE integrate critical communication voice services and broadband data services, essential to support applications imposed by the new COVID-19 security protocols, such as on-board video surveillance, passenger counting or remote management of public address systems.

In addition, TETRA and LTE systems are the means of train-ground communication for signalling systems and other on-board subsystems, such as the TCMS management system, which needs to send to the Control Centre information about the location or possible alarms and events occurring in the train. In this context, Teltronic offers integral communication solutions, including the RTP-800, a new multi-technology (TETRA, LTE and WiFI) on-board radio terminal.


Solución inteligente de densidad de pasajeros para las infraestructuras del transporte.

Thales ha desarrollado una solución tecnológica para el análisis y monitorización en tiempo real del estado de la ocupación de las infraestructuras, con capacidad para detectar aglomeraciones, planificar rutas y supervisar distintas condiciones de aforo en tiempo real, generando alertas e indicadores que permitan al operador la activación de eficaces protocolos operativos de seguridad.

La solución inteligente de densidad de pasajeros de Thales permite evaluar la densidad de personas que ocupan un área determinada aprovechando la infraestructura de CCTV existente y mediante algoritmos de análisis de vídeo basados en técnicas de Inteligencia Artificial que permiten extractar características morfológicas de los individuos (esqueletos) con alto grado de fiabilidad en comparación con las tecnologías tradicionales.

La información se presenta de forma estructurada sobre la cartografía de la red de transporte en base a mapas de calor y las alarmas pueden coordinarse con los sistemas de Información al viajero, disponibles en las estaciones.



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