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EQUANS supports all three transitions in the transport sector

EQUANS is fully involved in the three transitions underway in the public transport sector - digital, energy and industrial.

Digital transition

A revolution already underway

The digital transition for transport is still mainly driven by user demand.

EQUANS is a major player in connectivity for transport services, through its brand Icomera. By equipping trains, metros, stations and buses with its high-level broadband routers, Icomera provides passengers with an excellent mobile Wi-Fi network, both on rail and road-based services. These routers are also beneficial for public transport operators, who can use them to share real-time images from onboard security cameras with their safety control centres, so that they can intervene faster if there is an incident. Since EQUANS is highly skilled in both railway signalling and digital systems, the company can also help operators to digitalise this equipment, most of which was previously electromechanical. This has led EQUANS to develop its own digital signalling solution for trams in Avignon.

The company also holds a contract with Thales to jointly develop a new generation of computerised signalling systems for SNCF, the leading passenger and freight transport operator in France.


Energy transition

Driving decarbonisation

EQUANS is also a key partner in the electrification and thus the decarbonisation of public transport. EQUANS teams play a very significant role in rail electrification, through subsidiaries like Ineo Rail, Powerlines and Systrans. They are using innovative methods to decarbonise road freight transport, by implementing the “e-Highway” concept they jointly developed with Siemens and Scania: equipping sections of motorway with catenaries that hybrid lorries can connect to, in order to recharge their batteries. Finally, since electricity is not the only alternative to decarbonise transport, the EQUANS teams are also working on hydrogen engine solutions to equip railway rolling stock used by operators in the United Kingdom.

Industrial transition

Facilitate operations and maintenance

Finally, EQUANS is also playing its part in the transport sector’s industrial transition, by developing smart solutions that enable its clients to improve the maintenance of their infrastructure. To achieve this, EQUANS teams are equipping rails, catenaries and other components with IoT sensors, and using powerful Icomera routers to transmit all information to technical departments in real-time, so that they can remotely verify catenary voltages and move towards predictive maintenance of their installations.

This dual expertise in infrastructure management enables EQUANS to generate a complete overview of the transport network, or “hypervision”.

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Accelerate the transformation of your production sites thanks to 5G with Equans

The deployment of the latest mobile technology will accelerate the transition to Industry 4.0. It offers an alternative to current 4G LTE or Wi-Fi, with interesting prospects in terms of bandwidth, latency, and service quality, and therefore new possibilities for use. 5G will thus facilitate and accelerate the potential of real-time man-to-machine/machine-to-machine communication, robotics, connected sensors, digital models and digital twins, IoT (Internet of Things) and telecontrol as well as hypervision. Combined, these processes create a promising prospect: the smart factory based on a network of interconnected sensors that allows for automated and optimised control of a robotic production line. Factory 4.0 will not only be more efficient. Its greater connectivity will allow for optimisation of energy consumption and flow management, and therefore its overall environmental impact. What's more, a 5G network inherently consumes much less power than older technology: up to 90% less than 4G, according to operators. Taking advantage of these benefits now means building a private 5G network on site. France’s Electronic Communications Regulatory Authority Arcep has authorised the testing of several 5G networks, and major industrial groups such as Arcelor Mittal have initiated experimental projects ("5G Steel"). As an integrator of Industry 4.0 solutions, Equans Digital can support future industrial sites with this new connectivity. Equans has solid expertise in telecoms equipment for companies and infrastructure: the group is a leader in Europe in the link between the physical, electrical and digital layers. As an "agnostic" solution integrator, Equans Digital can suggest relevant use cases exploiting new connectivity models via 5G thanks to its in-depth knowledge of industrial processes. With this in mind, the organisation is preparing to upgrade its Industry 4.0 Lab in Montargis (France) to include 5G. Equans is part of the Bouygues Group, which also has operator capacity through Bouygues Telecom, a key 5G player in France, with which Equans could combine forces. 

International Women's Day

Jérôme Stubler met with three female managers, Emmanuelle Brisemur, CEO Equans Transport (Equans France), Solène Cosnefroy, Urban Transport Activity Director (Equans France), and Lucie Montagne, Project Manager. The aim was to affirm the Group's ambition to promote gender diversity, to increase the attractiveness of our businesses and the number of women managers in the company, to understand their career paths and to learn from their views on issues such as the benefits of gender diversity, the broadening of profiles, the professional/personal balance, the importance of role models and sexist behavior.

Press release: Equans appoints its Executive Committee

Following the completion of the acquisition of Equans by the Bouygues Group on October 4, and the transfer of the Bouygues Energies & Services and Kraftanlagen subsidiaries to Equans by Bouygues Construction, Jérôme Stubler, Chairman of Equans, announces the appointment of the new Group Executive Committee, effective February 1, 2023. Bruno Charrade, in charge of the Americas (USA, Canada, Chile, Colombia and Peru).Mark Dirckx, CEO of Equans Belgium and Luxembourg. Richard Dujardin, in charge of Switzerland and the Netherlands.Ana Giros, in charge of Strategy, Development and CSR as well as activities in Australia and New Zealand and Executive President of Equans Belgium.Pierre Hardouin, CEO of Equans France.Olivier Hérout, in charge of Human Resources and Health & Safety.Etienne Jacolin, in charge of Finance, Legal and Information Systems.Thomas Jung, in charge of Operational Excellence, Innovation and Purchasing.Florence Lépany-Duval, in charge of Communications.Jean-Philippe Loiseau, CEO of Equans UK and Ireland.Dominique Néel, in charge of the Smart Buildings Division and the activities of Bouygues Energies & Services France.Stéphane Stoll, in charge of Central Europe (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic, Romania and Croatia) and the Data Centres and Energy BU of Bouygues Energies & Services.