MES meets PARTNER
Written interview by Dr. Ben Möbius, VDB-CEO
1. How does the MES Expo support industry on the way to the climate-neutral mobility of tomorrow?
In my opinion there are two old habits that we must cut off and the MES Expo can help. First, climate-friendly mobility is about abdication. Today the opposite is real: digitization and automation mean more - more rail 4.0, more travel experiences, more efficiency, more climate protection. Second old habit, there is a natural compensation of transport modes / mobility transport. The future is mobility-on-demand: seamless, intermodal, digital. Therefore the transport modes / mobility transport must work together across the board and see each other as partners. That is precisely why we are pleased that important megatrends have a platform in the MES Expo.
2. Which status do have electronic suppliers for important mobility aspects, such as digitization?
Electronic suppliers are an industrial requirement for many innovations such as autonomous driving, electromobility, intermodal integration or real-time information. Sensor technology, cybersecurity and information technology sound like Silicon Valley, but they are still an inherent part of the railway industry. Digital rail 4.0 will be completely networked by the Internet of Things, ETCS or intelligent passenger guidance. Today electronic suppliers are shapers of mobility.
3. What do you associate with MES Expo 2019? (Experiences, anecdotes, etc.)
For me, MES Expo reflects a fresh spirit: In my future view for mobility, we work in free competition, but also across industries without blinkers. For me personally it was a very special honor to be able to help cutting the impressive opening ribbon at the premiere. The photo is actually in my office.
4. Which added value did the MES Expo 2019 offer exhibitors and visitors?
Of course, InnoTrans is the world's leading trade fair for future mobility. This is a global exception which is really fascinating. At the same time there are also cross-sectional topics which deserve a closer look. MES Expo, together with Mobility Electronic Suppliers, represents a future-relevant market segment that does not yet have a platform of this kind, especially in this intermodal constellation. Therefore exhibitors and visitors at MES Expo gain a 360-degree insight into new products or technologies and get uin touch with new potential partners in an informal and concentrated manner.