Our partnerships with startups are more than a marketing campaign. Thanks to motivated young businesses, we have been able to test and implement new solutions.
In the past, SBB has already had the pleasure of celebrating some successes in its work with startups:
SBB Cargo is working with Israeli startup RailVision to develop an assistance system for freight locomotives that works like a remote-controlled model vehicle. Using a remote control, the shunting specialist can use their driving expertise to control the composition in both directions while standing next to the tracks. “The additional sensors and cameras provided by RailVision as well as the live video transmission notify them whether the route ahead of the locomotive is free for each shunting manoeuvre via a remote control with an integrated screen,” explains Philipp Thalmann, Senior Project Manager Automation at SBB Cargo. The shunting specialist is therefore warned of obstacles via visual and acoustic signals. The RailVision system is currently being tested on shunting locomotives as part of a long-term pilot project and is constantly being further developed.
Renting e-scooters is simple and secure thanks to the pilot project being run in the Basel region by SBB, IBION and Urban Electrics.
Thanks to its partnership with SweePay, SBB has been able to successfully conclude a pilot project. Customers can now easily use a QR code to load bitcoins at ticket machines which they can use as payment at more than 10,000 points of acceptance throughout the world.
Startups, universities, major corporations and network partners; SBB Startup has a broad network of partners that it works with to drive forward open innovation. SBB plays an active role on the startup scene, focusing on Switzerland and Europe. It also has scouts in the USA, Israel and China who are on the lookout for the best development partners for SBB.
ActionJam is the first association for innovation that was fathered by a group of specialists and managers from innovation management in major Swiss corporations. The aim is to expand the innovation network, achieve better networking among the members and promote learning from one another.
Swissnex is the Swiss global network that connects education, research and innovation. The aim is to promote the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talents of the partners and to extend the scope beyond Switzerland.
Ecomotion is a dynamic community with more than 600 startups and 700 members, focusing on smart transportation in Israel. The aim is to bring together entrepreneurs, academics, authorities, industry representatives and investors.
Trendone works in interdisciplinary teams of trend scouts, industry insiders, visionary pioneers and people with a forward-thinking outlook. The aim is to spot, collate and research global trends and use deep research to identify future-proof technologies and potentials.
Beyond1435 is a partnership of leading industrial companies which, as a consortium with startups, examines and develops digital business models in global mobility and logistics growth markets. Besides DBB and SBB, Bombardier and Siemens are also founding partners; DB Schenker has recently also become part of Beyond1435.
Startup Bootcamp is a global, industry-oriented programme. The aim is to support tech-founders in the early stages to quickly grow their company by giving them direct access to an international network of key mentors, partners and investors in their industry.
Startup Ticker is the online platform for young businesses, innovators and supporters. The information centre boosts the profile of Swiss startups and shines a light on the lively and extremely diverse Swiss startup scene.