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S-Bahn Berlin: Software problems to the Ifa

Friday, September 1st, 2017 | Gadgets

Not only Cebit has to deal with Deutsche Bahn problems, but also the second major IT-relevant fair, the Ifa in Berlin, suffers from Deutsche Bahn. More specifically, it is the subsidiary S-Bahn Berlin GmbH. Since the start-up of new track systems in the Ostkreuz area, there have been an increase in the number of faults that have crossed the Westkreuz to the trade fair stop Messe Süd. We could experience it over the last weeks. Even on today's pre-fair day we saw numerous problems.

As reported by the Berlner newspaper, crisis talks have already taken place. The reason for the disturbances are problems in the software in connection with the newly introduced train influencing system (ZBS) of the electronic interlocking technique, which can not be repaired so quickly. Switches have to be placed conventionally, but this formerly efficient technology is often hardly manageable parallel to electronic signal boxes. A short-term solution is also not in sight.
The result is train delays and the premature turning of trains. So they do not even come to the west of the city. Interestingly, according to our observations, there are also no shortened lines, for example between Olympiastadion and Zoo, in order to stabilize the traffic. The announcements of the S-Bahn do not help. Often signal disturbances or train damage are reported, even though the position of a switch is to blame. However, sometimes a switch is indicated. There is also the naming of the combination of several problems.

If you want to visit the Ifa, fortunately, you have options to escape. The safest way is to get to the Messe Nord station by the S-Bahn (S-Bahn) ring road (S4x). Alternatively, the subway line U2 (Kaiserdamm) can also be used, which, however, often works at the capacity limit. In addition, the Berlin Underground is suffering from infrastructure problems. She is officially in emergency due to acute car deficiency. A problem under which the S-Bahn has been suffering for years.

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