The move to digital railway systems worldwide is fueling a need for big data, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.

The rise of Internet of Things (IoT) and the proliferation of mobile devices have made it vital for the global rail industry to use big data platforms, the firm says. Some of the signaling equipment on rail networks is nearly 80 years old, the study says, and industry participants have begun to invest in the current generation of rail systems including computer-based point machines and interlocking.

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