Smart Railways Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The Smart Railways Market is Segmented by Solution (Railway Communication and Networking System, Smart Ticketing System, Freight Information System, Advance Security System, Passenger Information System), and Geography.

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Asia Pacific

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Market Overview

The smart railways market was valued at USD 12.05 billion in 2018, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 27.62 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 14.83%, during the forecast period (2019 - 2024). The implementation of smart solutions is growing at a higher rate across the railway freight segment, to provide adequate transport capacity for growing volumes of goods and people. 

  • The growth of smart railway system is expected to be primarily driven by the growing need for urban connectivity, increased integration of IoT-based solutions, and higher emphasis on reducing emissions.
  • The rising trends of application in the field of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, leveraging the embedded sensors, increase in computer power, and incorporation of Big Data owing to the growth of the internet of things is expected to pave the way for truly integrated and inter-modal transport solutions.
  • Integration of smart systems to communicate across traditional railway infrastructure, high investment in the development of software portfolio, minimizing error rates due to increasing system complexity, and implementation of weatherproof sensors are identified as the major challenges faced by the market.     

Scope of the Report

Smart railways are built by deploying GSM-R systems, cloud computing, and data analytics. The IoT solution applied for the smart railway application makes it easy to grasp the condition information distributed over a wide railway area. Smart railways include smart ticketing, e-catering, freight information systems, among others. These applications help improve the efficiency of transport and bring about a reduction in costs eventually, by automating various processes and leveraging technology to improve services.

By Solution
Rail Analytics System
Railway Communication and Networking System
Freight Information System
Smart Ticketing System
Advanced Security Monitoring System
Passenger Information System
North America
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Rail Analytics System to Hold Significant Market Share

  • The rail network operators in developed parts of the world are actively investing in the development of analytics systems. Currently, there is a prominence of cloud-based systems. The market is witnessing a need for tools that help in maximization of intervals between certain maintenance events, like turning wheels (on a lathe) or replacing the wheel-and-axle sets on the trains, which reduce maintenance costs.
  • The analytics-based solutions are expected to work in close coordination with security and surveillance systems to leverage video analytics, which will help in obstacle determination. Thereby improving the overall efficiency of the railway system.

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Asia-Pacific is Expected to Hold the Highest Market Share

  • The emergence of megacities is expected to be the highest in emerging markets of Asia-Pacific, which include four of the world’s existing 24 megacities are in China.
  • It is expected that Chinese planners will merge nine cities in the Pearl River Delta, from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, to create a 26,000 sq km urban area, which will be 26 times larger than Greater London. Around USD 260 billion is expected to be spent on this project over the next four years, to integrate transport, energy, water, and telecommunication networks.
  • On the other hand, Japan is on its way to deploying smart solutions, like providing personal concierge for travelers, which leverages AI. 

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Competitive Landscape

The smart railways market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players are currently dominating the market. However, with the advancement in the network connectivity along with the advanced technological growth, most of the companies are expanding their market presence across the emerging markets.

  • April 2019 - At the IBM's IoT Exchange, IBM announced a collaboration with Sund & Bælt to assist in IBM's development of an AI-powered IoT solution designed to help prolong the lifespan of aging bridges, tunnels, highways, and railways. The new industry solution, IBM Maximo for Civil Infrastructure, further extends the IBM Maximo portfolio while providing deep industry and task-specific functionality to help organizations manage, monitor, and administer their infrastructure assets.
  • September 2018 - Cisco announced its collaboration with ScotRail, Network Rail Telecom, CGI, and Wittos, to offer superior Wi-Fi networks on trains allowing passengers to have access to internet on-the-go. This is expected to encourage people to prefer this mode of transportation, thereby, increasing revenue for the companies.

Major Players

  1. Cisco Systems Inc.
  2. IBM Corporation
  3. ALE International
  4. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd
  5. Siemens AG

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below


Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Rising Demand for IoT Applications

      2. 4.3.2 Improvement in the Internet and Network Connectivity across Emerging Economies

      3. 4.3.3 Increasing Population Growth of Hyper-urbanization

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Issues with Integration and Connectivity into Legacy Systems

      2. 4.4.2 High Initial Infrastructure and Related Investments

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Solution

      1. 5.1.1 Rail Analytics System

      2. 5.1.2 Railway Communication and Networking System

      3. 5.1.3 Freight Information System

      4. 5.1.4 Smart Ticketing System

      5. 5.1.5 Advanced Security Monitoring System

      6. 5.1.6 Passenger Information System

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 North America

      2. 5.2.2 Europe

      3. 5.2.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.2.4 Latin America

      5. 5.2.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Cisco Systems Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 IBM Corporation

      3. 6.1.3 ALE International

      4. 6.1.4 Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

      5. 6.1.5 Siemens AG

      6. 6.1.6 Hitachi Ltd

      7. 6.1.7 Tata Consultancy Services Limited

      8. 6.1.8 Moxa Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 Thales Group

      10. 6.1.10 General Electric Company

      11. 6.1.11 Cyient Limited

      12. 6.1.12 Toshiba Corporation

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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