Rail

Frost & Sullivan’s global Rail Industry research offers a complete 360 degree analysis of each sector within the rail industry. The program area focuses on comprehensive research reports with medium and long term strategic options, interactive dashboards with global rail databases and customized research services to suit client needs. Key deliverables include technology and market based research on regional levels, competitive benchmarking, and scenario based forecasts on market sizes for infrastructure and rolling stock.

The program works closely with leading global OEM’s, Railway operators, Tier 1 suppliers, governments, regulators and financial industry participants among other industry stakeholder groups, to provide our clients with prescriptive research and advisory services. Our global team leverage extensive expertise and market knowledge to deliver mission critical and actionable research to drive change and accelerate growth.

Latest Research

  • Strategic Analysis Studies
  • Best Practice Research
  • Market Insights
  • Movers & Shakers with C-Level Auto Execs
  • Analyst Briefings
  • CEO and Board Presentations
    • Rail databases (Active fleet size, age, rail lines – electrified vs non-electrified, Investments, new projects etc.,)
  • Focus on public transportation
  • Mobility integration
  • Advanced information technology platforms
  • Strategic transportation planning
  • Transit performance forecast
  • Voice of Customer Studies
  • Willingness to pay for advanced technologies
  • Current usage, awareness and adoption plans
  • Passenger / End user surveys
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Electrification and Alternate Powertrain:

Reduction in locomotives using diesel fueled engines and use of alternative fuels such as hydrogen and natural gas. 

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HIGH SPEED RAIL:

Rail operators globally are introducing high-speed rail to cut down travel times and improve the efficiency and convenience of operations.

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. Majority of the urban rail transport globally is to shift towards Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) to reduce emissions and have greener operations.

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. Majority of the urban rail transport globally is to shift towards Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) to reduce emissions and have greener operations.

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Urbanization:

Mega trends like urbanization are leading to densely populated urban cities is driving the need for well-connected public transport system constituting of high-speed and commuter rail. 

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New Business Models:

A number of solutions have started transforming transportation solutions globally. This has had a major impact on both freight and passenger rail.

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Growth of per capita income in emerging economies such as India, Mexico, Brazil, and other countries is increasing the demand for mobility in these areas. Although the growth of income will shift traffic from rail to road, the need for a sustainable mode of transportation will drive the demand for rail since it addresses both traffic congestion and pollution issues.

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The entry of disruptive technologies combining digital management and intermodal solutions in freight rail has given rise to a number of startups expanding their presence in key regions. Third-party logistics, end to end shipping and freight carrier aggregators have enabled significant cost reduction coupled with enhanced convenience while emerging solutions such as autonomous driving and drones are beginning to increase efficiency and utilization. On the passenger rail sector, mobility solutions are enabling last mile connectivity which has been and still is a major challenge in cities. A number of operators have already included integrated mobility solutions to their product line digitalizing payments and travel planning. For example, SNCF offers an integrated platform which includes multiple mobility solutions such as carsharing, ehailing, ridesharing etc which can be accessed through a mobile app. Through this, users can also view real-time updates in the available transport solutions.

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Rail Connectivity:

Enabling Cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity in metro rail systems to be the fastest growing market. At present, Metro operators are implementing Wi-Fi in stations alone. However, complete connectivity to LTE or Wi-Fi is starting to make its appearance.

 

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Rail manufacturers shifting to a business model where they do not sell the trains, but will provide software-based lease services along with the leasing company. E.g: This case study provides the essential improvements which when implemented by Hitachi Rail in trains would help better the services and comfort in commutes. IoT and Big Data solutions to integrate on board systems and route signalling systems for better coordination, Hitachi to offer Train-as-a-Service as in the case of leasing a vehicle for a particular period, Improvements in M2M analytics by an acquisition of Pentaho which is a top data integration, visualization and analytics firm, Bi-modal trains which can share the same railway track for both electrified and non-electrified commutes, and Self –diagnosing trains which run analytics in real time and allows for early detection of problems within trains.

Some of our most recent client collaborations include:

Quantifying the Rail Network Infrastructure and Rolling Stock Certification Market in UK & Europe

Assessment of a high-speed train solution for freight transportation in Europe

Competitive Intelligence: Profile of Competitor for Leading Locomotive Manufacturer

Market Potential and Opportunity Analysis of The North American Passenger Rail Market

Market Potential and Opportunity Analysis of Refrigerants in Rail and Marine Industry

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