AT TELICE S.A. WE HAVE THE STRONGEST COMMITMENT TO REDUCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF OUR ACTIVITIES. FOR THIS PURPOSE WE INTEGRATE A PREVENTIVE APPROACH IN THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUR WORK. MAINTAINING A CONTINUOUS CONTROL OF THE MAIN PARAMETERS OF OUR ACTIVITY WITH AFFECTION TO THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND PARTICIPATE IN CLIMATE CHANGE. BELOW ARE THE DATA ON THE EVOLUTION OF THESE PARAMETERS OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS.
In the same way that the foundational advance of the railway and other means of transport (the steam engine and the technological exploitation of thermodynamics, carried out in the 19th century) made the last century the century of transportation, the development of technology during this 21st century is accelerating thanks to the foundational advances in solid state electronics of the 20th century. The information age has allowed more and more devices to integrate "intelligence" that allows them to respond in automatic ways, first programmed and then learned, to the constraints imposed by their environment. The trends towards lower costs, lower energy consumption and increased computing power do not seem to be stopping soon. This offers opportunities in all fields of engineering. The railway sector, characterized by an environment distributed along transport infrastructures of hundreds or thousands of kilometers and subject to harsh weather conditions, is particularly suitable for receiving benefits in the form of added value in any part of the life cycle of its different component technologies.
TELICE's Innovation department does not operate in isolation from the rest of the company. TELICE's motto, "technology in the field", aims to advance the company's own vision of how to apply different technologies advantageously in the field. The field to which the slogan refers is, both literally and figuratively, that of railway installations. In this way, the work of TELICE's Innovation Department will be focused on the world of railways. On the other hand, the combination of information technologies and advances in solid-state electronics are increasingly offering the possibility of incorporating complex behaviors into devices that previously did not have them, and this while keeping prices affordable and reliability high. At this crossroads, sensor technology stands out as one of the most interesting sources of opportunity. Thanks to new sensors, various railway subsystems have the potential to "become aware" of their environment and thus facilitate new performance, cost reductions and operational improvements that would not otherwise be possible. The mission of the Innovation department will therefore be to seek new uses for emerging technologies, with special emphasis on tensorization, in the railway world.
The department's mission can only be fulfilled if several strategic guidelines are established:
• Maintain a constant state of situational awareness regarding technology in general, and railway technology in particular.
• To prioritize innovative, low-cost, and high value-added applications of sensor technology.
• To evaluate solutions in the quality-cost axis. Do not leave aside qualitatively imperfect solutions if their cost makes them sufficiently attractive in view of the objective shortcomings they have.
• Search for synergies between physical (hardware) and logical (software) developments.