Digitalization and innovation
Passenger information of the future
The hardware and software for the next generation of dynamic visual displays (DSA+) were completed. The field test on the selected stations started in May 2022 with devices from the first of two suppliers. In the second half of 2022, the devices from the second supplier will be tested in real operations in the other stations.
Smart City at DB Netze Stations
With Smart City | DB we are seeking to improve everyday life through smart and eco-friendly services and to better integrate stations into municipalities and cities. In the first half of 2022, we were able to take further innovative development steps, such as:
- Increased quality of stay: The self-developed free-space kit creates more attractive station forecourts with its pleasing design and colorful furnishings. In addition to seating and greening elements, the free-space kit provides opportunities for local services and events and integrates the station even better into the surrounding neighborhood. In 2022, bright urban furniture was placed in three locations: in Berlin-Charlottenburg (seasonally from July to September 2022), Kassel (since June 2022) and Hanover (from September 2022).
- Focused work at the station: With our everyworks co-working offer, we are giving passengers the opportunity to do their work in the station. In February 2022, an additional location was opened at the central station in Frankfurt am Main together with our partner IntercityHotel. A workspace has been available to our customers in Mannheim central station since July 2022. Further site openings are planned for 2022.
- “Collection point”: Automated transfer points in the “last mile” around the station are to be used for a number of services (such as handover of keys, package and shopping deliveries) for all providers. As part of a new cooperation with Deutsche Post DHL, approximately 800 additional DHL package stations will be set up across Germany by the end of 2023.
- Smart, smarter, Hanover: The starting signal sounded for the Smart City partnership with Hanover on May 12, 2022. We want to offer attractive services in the stations
together. Plans include comfortable waiting area furniture, new bike services and mobility hubs that pool sharing vehicles for onward travel from the station, micro depots and smart packing stations.