AR for rail construction: Deutsche Bahn optimizes field operations

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Deutsche Bahn

After a successful PoC with DB mindbox, DB Netze decided use V-Labs’ Augmented Reality technology in a large-scale field test on the German railways.

During the project, Augmented Reality will be used for digitizing and optimizing the installation of ETCS balises along railways. ETCS balises form an integral part of the European Train Control System that facilitates trains traveling across European borders. For example, the ETCS is currently being deployed along the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, which constitutes one of the busiest freight routes in Europe. It connects railways of key North Sea ports of Belgium and the Netherlands with the Mediterranean port of Genoa, Italy.

V-Labs’ high precision Augmented Reality solution will allow Deutsche Bahn to reduce the operational time needed for installing and verifying the installation of ETCS balises.

For more information, please reach out to us by email or our contact at DB Netze, Marc Hansen, Project Manager Commissioning ETCS Corridor Rhine-Alpine.

About Deutsche Bahn AG

The Deutsche Bahn AG is a German railway company. Headquartered in Berlin, it is a private joint-stock company (AG), with the Federal Republic of Germany being its single shareholder. Deutsche Bahn is the second-largest transport company in the world, after the German postal and logistics company Deutsche Post / DHL. It is the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Deutsche Bahn was the largest railway company in the world by revenue in 2015. It carries about two billion passengers annually.

About V-Labs SA

V-Labs SA is a Swiss company based in Geneva that specializes in high precision Augmented Reality for geospatial data. Combined with its feature for work instructions and remote assistance, V-Labs has developed a powerful tool for operators in the field. V-Labs works with utilities, contractors and railways to digitize and optimize field operations through hands-free, GNSS/RTK-integrated AR-glasses. For more information, please visit