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Innovation drives our growth

Value creation through innovation is both the key to technological differentiation and a means of creating added value and gaining a competitive edge. To lead in green and smart solutions, we innovate in six piority areas to respond to mid- and long term business drivers: green traction, road electromobility, eco-design and manufacturing, autonomous train, data driven rail mobility and multimodality and flow management.

Staying a step ahead

Alstom has built an international reputation on the performance and technological lead provided by its transport solutions. The company is determined to maintain its focus on innovation to set itself apart from other market players while establishing its competitive edge and reducing the total cost of ownership of its products.

Staying a step ahead
Coradia iLint production © Alstom/Julien Goldstein

Alstom has structured an innovation process designed to identify and nurture the most promising ideas in line with the Group’s innovation strategy. Due to ongoing R&D investment and partnerships, we were able to reveal ground breaking innovations such as the zero-emission Coradia iLint regional train, the electric bus Aptis, the multimodal management system for urban transport Mastria or StationOne, the first online marketplace for the mobility sector.

For Alstom, smart innovation is a way to create a smarter mobility with added-value for rail transport passengers and operators. It is also a way to increase Alstom's assets, through a proper management of intellectual property and to enhance its efficiency and ways of working. Our objective is to make rail systems:

  • more efficient for operators: smart maintenance, cybersecurity, optimised total cost of ownership,  efficiency;
  • more attractive for passengers: on-board passenger experience, connectivity, real-time information;
  • and more integrated with other modes of transport: multimodal operations, first and last mile mobility solutions.

An ecosystem of innovation and creativity

We promote open innovation, partnering with a number of universities, research centres and start-ups. It has fostered public/private research initiatives like SystemX (digital solutions for future transport services), SuperGrid (new power conversion technologies) and Railenium (railway system technologies). We are also involved in competitiveness clusters specialising in embedded systems and transport solutions for the future. Furthermore, Alstom developed partnerships with diverse stakeholders to strengthen its scope for innovation in line with its far-sighted approach. Since 2010, Alstom has been a sponsor of Aster Capital, a venture capital fund in innovative technologies. Through this proactive approach, Alstom creates a complete ecosystem with diverse stakeholders dedicated to innovation.

Encouraging in-house creativity

Alstom supports its R&D efforts by fostering a strong culture of innovation within the company, embodied by the annual “I NOVE YOU” competition.

Open to all employees across all business lines and sites, the competition rewards creativity in every shape and form, spanning products, systems, processes, sustainable development, Open Innovation and more. 

Encouraging in-house creativity
>7,000
engineers
6,500
patents
€380m
R&D gross costs in 2018/19 (i.e. 4.7% of sales)

For a trusted and cyber-secure mobility

Transportation cybersecurity has become a critical issue. At Alstom, we take this very seriously and have put in place an organization and dedicated guidelines to deal with it. We also contribute to the definition of international standards on rail cybersecurity.

Combining expertise in cybersecurity and thorough knowledge of the railways, Alstom supports today its customers in the protection of their transport systems:

  • We conduct cybersecurity risk analysis and provide pragmatic security architecture and controls based on the context of the operator.
  • We develop our solutions integrating cybersecurity: secure development lifecycle, security assurance, hardened configurations, secure protocols, administration function protection, security events management and alerts. We also develop products dedicated to cybersecurity such as interfaces between zones.
  • We provide our solutions with the appropriate guidelines and procedures for secure installation, configuration, operation and maintenance.
  • Finally, we are defining and putting in place the infrastructures enabling us to offer our customers vulnerability monitoring and security update services to maintain their rail system security against ever-changing threats.
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