AR-technology for rail construction: Deutsche Bahn and V-Labs strengthen cooperation

After a successful proof of concept with DB mindbox, the startup program from Deutsche Bahn, DB Netze has announced to further expand the trial of the Augmented Reality technology developed by V-Labs SA in a large-scale field test on the German railways.

The project entails the use of Augmented Reality for the installation of ETCS balises along the Rhine-Alpine corridor in Germany, allowing the process to be digitized and optimized. ETCS balises form an integral part of the European Train Control System that facilitates trains to travel across borders in Europe. For example, the ETCS is currently being installed along the Rhine-Alpine Corridor which constitutes one of the busiest freight routes in Europe, connecting railways of key North Sea ports of Belgium and the Netherlands with the Mediterranean port of Genoa, Italy.

Thanks to the use of our Augmented Reality solution, Deutsche Bahn might be able to reduce the operational time needed for installing and verifying the installation of ETCS balises. 

For more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through our email or our contact at DB Netze, Marc Hansen, Project Manager Commissioning ETCS Corridor Rhine-Alpine.

About Deutsche Bahn AG
The Deutsche Bahn AG is a German railway company. Headquartered in Berlin, it is a private joint-stock company (AG), with the Federal Republic of Germany being its single shareholder. Deutsche Bahn is the second-largest transport company in the world, after the German postal and logistics company Deutsche Post / DHL, and is the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Deutsche Bahn was the largest railway company in the world by revenue in 2015. It carries about two billion passengers annually.

About V-Labs SA
V-Labs SA is a software and hardware development company based in Geneva, Switzerland, that specializes in highly accurate Augmented Reality for geospatial data. Combined with their feature for step-by-step work instructions, V-Labs has developed a powerful tool for operators in the field. V-Labs works mainly with utilities, contractors, engineers and railway companies to digitize and optimize field operations through the use of hands free, GNSS/RTK-integrated AR-glasses. For more information, please visit