Ansaldo STS operates daily with the aim of improving quality of life by designing new transport systems which, every day, safely carry millions of people and materials without polluting, by developing increasingly compact and energy-efficiency hardware, by researching new green technologies and, above all, by optimizing consumption and avoiding waste.
Today the Ansaldo STS team within the Hitachi group can further develop its innovative approach, also by tapping the group’s references in the Big Data and Internet of Things field. It is now possible to come up with solutions that improve performance and services offered by combining different technologies.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR CUTTING EDGE PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS
Over the years, its development of products and solutions (Development and Engineering) has enabled Ansaldo STS to seize a leading position in the Signalling Systems and Railway and Mass Transit Sectors.
Research and development expense ascribed directly to profit or loss for the year ended 31 December 2017, net of grants, totalled EUR 41.3 million (EUR 36.7 million in 2016). In particular, total research and development expense was EUR 43.6 million (EUR 38.6 million in 2016), against grants approximating EUR 2.3 million (EUR 1.9 million in the previous year).
The majority of investments regarded the on-board systems product line aimed at facilitating alignment to the ERTMS standards and improving the performance of CBTC applications; furthermore, the new platform for automation products was launched, aimed at promoting the digital development of technology.
SAFETY AND RELIABILITY
Ansaldo STS implements RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) activities to ensure that it develops and delivers products, applications and systems that are safe, in compliance with Italian and international laws applicable to railway systems, reliable and in line with its customers’ needs and its internal quality standards. These activities are performed on all Ansaldo STS projects in which safety and reliability are relevant, which constitute over 90% of total business activities.
PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS THAT RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT
Ansaldo STS’s unwavering commitment to providing its customers and end users (passengers and freight) with the best products and system solutions, the use of the best design methodologies and procedures and the best existing construction methods and processes contributes to increasing safety and reducing direct and indirect impacts on the environment.