From 5 to 7 November 2019 the MES Expo will be making its debut on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.
From 5 to 7 November 2019 the MES Expo will be making its debut on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.
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Experience the change in mobility MES Expo celebrates its debut in Berlin

| Author: Florian Richert, Erika Granath

From 5 to 7 November 2019 the MES Expo will be making its debut on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. The primary aim of this trade fair is to provide electrical suppliers with the first international platform for an interdisciplinary dialogue.

With exhibitors from all areas of mobility the MES Expo provides its trade visitors and exhibitors with an overview of many different markets as well as creating the space for shared synergies.

Solving the challenges of mobility together

At MES Expo, the Chinese world market leader CRRC is presenting signaling solutions that will significantly optimize the operation of public transport in main line and urban transmit. In the main line field, a better interoperable system to support higher speed is required, while in the urban transmit, signaling system shall solve the issue that the number of passengers who depend on public transport rising rapidly.

A breakthrough in electro mobility will hinge decisively on charging times and the existence of a user-friendly charging infrastructure. Lengthy charging times and heavy, unwieldy charging plugs discourage car owners from making the transition to electric vehicles. HARTING, an exhibitor at MES Expo, markets a fast-charging system with a DC (combo) charging plug, which ensures that in the future vehicles will take only minutes rather than hours to recharge. This system can be used not only for passenger cars. Being able to fast-charge electric vehicles for local passenger and freight transport will become an absolute necessity in order to meet the delivery deadlines and fleet availability requirements of the future. ’microSNAP’ is a product that will be on display at MES Expo in Berlin. This driverless vehicle was developed by Rinspeed, a company owned by the visionary Swiss car designer Frank M. Rinderknecht. Rinspeed has been working closely with its partners on this project. At the trade fair HARTING will be demonstrating its automatic charging function at a charging station. A charging assistant made by KUKA Deutschland GmbH inserts a HARTING plug into the vehicle socket and automatically cuts electricity when the drive battery has received sufficient power. This vehicle demonstrates how important the electromobility supply industry is for the transition to new forms of transport.

5G creates new opportunities

As vehicles interact more with their surroundings, however, powerful, wide-area wireless network coverage is required to advance these technologies. This is where the new 5G radiotelephony standard comes in — making it possible to exchange data on highways and rail in real time, which can help drivers find parking spaces or rapidly identify hazards on the road using radio-based communications. Consequently, 5G and vehicle-to-X communication will be important topics.

Extensive supporting programme

What impact is increasing electrification in the transport sector having on the stability of the network? From the viewpoint of the German electrical industry, where are the critical points in the efforts to achieve a sustainable reduction in CO2 emissions from transport? What concrete solutions can the industry offer? As an event that encompasses all kinds of transport systems, the MES Expo has set itself the task of taking an overall view of the requirements imposed by mobility, making it the first platform to combine the different areas of mobility, i.e. rail, road freight vehicles and automobiles. It is being organised by Messe Berlin, and its non-commercial sponsors are the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association ZVEI, the German Railway Industry Association VDB and the German Transport Forum DVF.

The industrial trade fair is augmented by a technical supporting programme, where vehicle manufacturers such as Siemens Mobility and transport companies including Deutsche Bahn will be outlining their market requirements.

Under the slogan ‘The electrical industry as the enabler of a mobile transformation’, the Dialog Forum will address a wide range of topics. The ZVEI, for example, will be presenting the findings of a report entitled ‘Vision of the future power network’, which the association has compiled in collaboration with the business consultancy PwC, Fraunhofer IOSB and TrendOne. Siemens Mobility will be investigating what value can be added to the electrification of road freight through the use of trucks operating with overhead power lines. The paper from Bombardier Transportation deals with the battery-powered electric multiple unit TALENT 3, which is currently undergoing certification. Toyota Motor Europe is presenting solutions for sustainable mobility. Other topics include the charging infrastructure for electro-mobility in the public sphere (NOW GmbH) and the demands imposed on modern building infrastructure in order to achieve clean mobility (hagergroup).

The VDB is concentrating all its efforts on the subject of Rail 4.0: The German Railway Industry Association is presenting innovations for digital and intermodal mobility of the future. The German Transport Forum will explain why digitalisation in connected mobility and climate protection will lead to improvements in transport.

MES Expo 2019 | November 5 to 7 2019 | Berlin, Germany

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