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“Rail Electrification for Smart Cities” Road Show: Solutions for sustainable transports in modern cities

27 February 2013

The visit of the specially developed Siemens REcube truck in Athens, which was part of the Euro-pean roadshow “Rail Electrification for Smart Cities”, was successfully completed. Athens, as the first stop of the Siemens road show outside Germany, hosted for 2 days, in the company’s head-quarters, the latest developments in the railway electrification field, while the company’s experts had the opportunity to present the innovative systems to clients and partners and to discuss about the challenges of the transportation field for the “smart cities” of the future.

Sustainable urban growth is a significant challenge. Cities are responsible for 75% of power con-sumption and for 80% of gas emissions globally. Siemens’ electrification solutions provide an-swers to the demands of our time, suggesting ways for the optimization of infrastructures and transport systems in cities, upgrading their residents’ living standards. With the proper technology, cities can become more eco-friendly and optimize the residents’ quality of life. They can become truly “smart cities”. 

Siemens’ new systems for fixed course means, like trams, can reduce power consumption up to 30%, optimize the systems’ life cycle costs (99.8% availability), as well as reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 tons per year.

During the presentations, the company’s executives focused on cutting-edge technology products, like power substations, electrification solutions without overhead contact lines and energy storage systems, as well as systems upgrading traditional infrastructures and overhead electrification lines. Moreover, the participants had the chance to have a first-hand look over some of Siemens’ solutions, which were exposed in REcube. It is noted that, as part of the Siemens road show, REcube will visit more than 16 countries and 22 cities, covering about 25,000 km in the next 10 months.

“We are pleased with the response and the significant participation of executives from the Greek market in this European roadshow of Siemens. For us, this is a very optimistic message, especially since Athens was chosen to be the first stop of this roadshow outside Germany,” said Christos Georgiou, Director, Infrastructure and Cities Sector, Siemens Greece. “The solutions we presented to the Greek audience are based on Siemens’ “Complete Mobility” concept. These products define the modern trends around the safe, reliable, economic and eco-friendly transportation of people and goods, providing direct solutions to the issues that today’s cities face. At the same time, they pave the way for the future of integrated transportation systems,” he added.

About Siemens Infrastructure & Cities
The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector (Munich, Germany), with approximately 87,000 employees, offers sustainable technologies for metropolitan areas and their infrastructures. Its offerings include integrated mobility solutions, building and security technology, power distribution, smart grid applications, and low- and medium-voltage products. The Sector comprises the Divisions Rail Systems, Mobility and Logistics, Low and Medium Voltage, Smart Grid, Building Technologies, and Osram AG. For more information, visit