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Nokia and Hitachi Rail. Delivering the future of transportation for Copenhagen.

It takes a lot of advanced technology to build a driverless, fully automated metropolitan rail system that can run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with as little as two minutes’ separation between trains at peak times. It also requires something less visible but every bit as important — especially if your project is based in the heart of a 500 year-old European capital: a strong partnership.

At Nokia, across many projects for many customers, we’ve seen that ecosystems of innovation partners are essential for industries and governments that want to reap the benefits of hyperconnected, intelligent transportation systems, whether for efficiency, safety or sustainability. We were proud to be part of one such partnership when we supported Hitachi Rail’s development of Copenhagen’s new City Circle Line (Cityringen) urban railway.


Making Copenhagen’s sustainability vision come true


The City of Copenhagen is working toward the ambitious goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral capital by 2025. Shifting more commuters from street-level buses to underground electric trains is a key part of its strategy, and the recently completed Cityringen project will contribute in a significant way with its potential to divert some 34 million passengers a year from buses to trains.

As Copenhagen’s largest construction project in four centuries, Cityringen required a team of players with unique and specialized skills to deliver an end-to-end solution. Hitachi Rail assembled that team, calling on Nokia’s expertise for the underlying communications subsystems that are essential to ensuring seamless performance, security and safety.


A connected commuter experience 


Within the Cityringen, fully automated trains are monitored by a centralized operations and maintenance center using communications-based train controls. Each train can carry up to 314 people, and because they travel at close intervals, roughly 36 trains pass through each of the ring’s 17 stations every hour. Passengers can track the location of their intended train through an electronic display system that draws real-time information from the system. 

It was a great opportunity for us at Nokia to apply some of the deep thinking we’ve done on the future of connected metro railways and our Nokia Bell Labs Future X Architecture for Transportation — and to draw on our many years of railway experience, especially in helping to deploy driverless metro technologies around the world. 


A model for other cities to follow 

Copenhagen is not alone in having sustainability goals and infrastructure in need of renewal. Other cities, whether refurbishing legacy transit structures or building new systems for growth, can look at the Cityringen project as an excellent model to emulate. The technologies involved are state-of-the-art and seamlessly integrated, and the partnership approach — creating a true innovation ecosystem around a common goal — has produced results that will serve the people of Copenhagen for generations. 

At Nokia, we’re proud to have contributed to this exceptional project and are ready to help other municipalities take up the challenge of infrastructural renewal and realize their respective visions for efficient, safe, sustainable transportation.

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Jochen Apel

About Jochen Apel

As Global Vice President of Nokia’s transportation and manufacturing segments, Jochen leads our endeavors for advancing the future of all things Go! Whether riding the 5G-optimized railways, traveling the highways in a driverless car that was built in a fully flexible factory and seamlessly shipped through an automated port terminal, or cruising connected at 30,000 feet, Jochen and his team of industry innovators will make the journey with you as we Go Allwhere!

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