THE URBAN CABLE TRANSPORT MAGAZINE

Neuer Tourismusminister unterstützt Seilbahnplan


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Asaf Zamir von der Blau-Weiß-Partei in Israel, der kürzlich Yariv Levin vom Likud als Tourismusminister abgelöst hat, hat beschloßen, den Seilbahnplan für Jerusalem weiter zu führen.

From Ebnat to Oberkochen


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As part of local public transport, the Ebnater Steige and the Aalen suburb of Unterkochen, a cable car is to relieve the flow of commuters.

New Tourism Minister backs cable car plan


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Asaf Zamir, of the Blue and White Party in Israel, who recently replaced the Likud’s Yariv Levin as tourism minister, has decided not to jettison the ropeway plan for Jerusalem , despite appeals to him by numerous organizations.

 

Three pillars for economic boost


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Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum presented the capital’s infrastructure-focused economic plan. 

It rests on the three pillars of publicly and privately financed construction, and social programs. 

 

Tricable gondola lift opens on Vietnamese island


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Doppelmayr/Garaventa and Sun Group, one of Vietnamese top enterprises in the travel industry, have built another high-capacity island link. The new tricable gondola lift brings day-trippers by the shortest route to the popular vacation island Cat Ba. And, once again, Sun Group has earned itself a place in the Guinness World Records with a spectacular achievement: The world’s tallest ropeway tower measures 214.8 m (704 ft 7 in). The official inauguration ceremony of the “Cat Hai – Phu Long cable car route” took place on June 6, 2020.

Seilbahnprojekt in Guwahati (Indien) fertiggestellt


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Assam minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya goes on inspection ride.

 

 

Guwahati (India) ropeway project ready


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Assam minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya goes on inspection ride.

Staten Island


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Cable car between Peninsula City and New York City moves a step closer

 

 The developers of the urban cable car from Bayonne to Staten Island want to canvas local support with a petition. Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) is hoping to get the residents on board.

Georg Town


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After the funicular, will there alse be an arial cable car?

 

There has been a funicular running on Penang Hill since 2010 – a destination near the Malaysian city of George Town. In addition, the government is now planning to develop an aerial cable car on the mountain.

Durban


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Urban cable car on the coast?

 

IIn the South African city of Durban, an urban cable car is being discussed, which will connect the locations of The Point, South Beach and Florida Road.

Herne


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Big plans for the colliery site

 

A research institute for new technologies, companies that will create 1,500 jobs, and a cable car system from the railway station to the old colliery site: these are the ambitious plans of the German city of Herne in North Rhine – Westphalia.

India


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Approval granted for Aizawl

 

According to official sources, the Indian city of Aizawl will soon be able to construct the desired cable car projects. After a review of the feasibility study and the planned route, the desired green light will be received from Dehli soon. Photo: Adobe Stock

Varanasi


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The right plans to end the crises

 

In Varanasi, traffic jams are the order of the day. The government has now decided to take serious action against this and is having various plans investigated to resolve the problem. The two favourites at the moment are an extensive tram network and a cable car system.

Cable car architecture


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About support and stations

 

Whether station architecture or construction method and colour of the supports: urban cable cars can be individually customised to the city planning. In their publications, Anton Seeber and Frieder Kremer demonstrate what this means.

 

The following are extracts, with a few editorial amendments (Prokopp&Hechensteiner:pp.40-46and TU Berlin [Berlin Institute of Technology] 2015: pp. 45-46).

Cable car knowledge


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Not all cable cars are the same

 

Cable cars can be classified in different designs, based on how they work, the cable system used and the number of cables or type of drive. This systematisation gives rise to a classification that is strongly reminiscent of taxonomy in the biological sciences, as Frieder Kremer highlights in his book, “Innovation Seilbahn” (Innovation Cable Car). The following is an extract from his publication, with a few editorial amendments (TU Berlin [Berlin Institute of Technology] 2015: pp. 31-35).

Social cable car


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Transport an society

 

To meet the demands of public transport, cable cars must fulfil the requirement of general accessibility. Frieder Kremer has demonstrated what this means in his book, “Innovation Seilbahn” (Innovation Cable Car). The following is an extract from his publication, with a few editorial amendments (TU Berlin [Berlin Institute of Technology] 2015: pp. 47-48.

Smart mobility


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How intergrated is our transport?

 

Nicht nur Städte, auch die Mobilität muss intelligenter werden, da sind sich Verkehrsplaner einig. Denn nur wenn mit den traditionellen Verkehrsmodellen aufgeräumt wird, geht es mit Vollgas in die Zukunft. Das Schlüsselwort hier heißt Smart Technology.

Innovative transport options


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Still a vision for the future or already reality?

 

TBARTA is looking at the research and development of transport systems that are suitable for the future. The present trend here is in the air. In a one-year study, more detailed investigations into the floating, gliding or flying systems are being conducted.

Urban vehicles


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Mobile all over the world with CWA

 

The innovative cable car systems from DOPPELMAYR/GARAVENTA offer additional advantages in the urban area. They cross residential areas, rivers and existing infrastructure with ease, and they soar over all traffic holdups. CWA has the right vehicle for every system – CWA has the right vehicle for every system.

Premium-class lift-off


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Individual comfort in the 3rd dimension

 

The future of transportation depends on the cable – at least if you believe the transport experts.

Inauen-Schätti


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The infrustructure partner for cities and towns

 

Whether installation of cable cars and inclined lifts, construction of moving platforms for railway trains and trams, or assembly of bridges, stadium roofs and cable architecture: with its seven business divisions, Swiss company INAUEN-SCHÄTTI is a key partner for urban infrastructure.

Rescue concept


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On urban cable car emergency plans

 

How do rescues take place from urban cable cars? To what extent do rescuers need training? And why is special equipment often required? IMMOOS provides SI Urban with insights into an urban cable car rescue concept. The company exports safety concepts, rescue systems and personal protective equipment for cable cars to more than 30 countries.

Der ganze Blick


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Which requirements must urban cable cars fulfil?

 

Urban cable car projects often fail on the grounds of social acceptance. Lack of knowledge and the absence of a requirement profile are reasons for this. SALZMANN, the established Austrian planning office for cable cars, therefore had some basic research undertaken – with exciting results and a holistic view of urban cable cars as a part of mobility landscapes.

Flying high - or maybe not?


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What is currently causing german cable car ideas to fail?

 

Why do so many cable car projects never get off the ground? – Maike Puhe and her colleague Max Reichenbach have examined this question in their study, “Flying high – On the feasibility, opportunities and obstacles for urban cable cars in Baden-Württemberg”.

Knoten & Weichen


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Cable car system other than end-to-end

 

Notwithstanding intermediate stations, cable cars are generally end-to-end systems. A cable car network in the literal sense therefore initially needs meaningful concepts. Austrian engineer Norbert Obermayr has designed such a system based on Linz and Liechtenstein.

Mannheim


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National garden show cable car to be constructed in 2022

 

In 2023, the German city of Mannheim will host the National Garden Show (BUGA), an exhibition of horticulture and landscape architecture. To transport the many visitors, an urban cable car will be constructed in 2022.

Phuket


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Green light for a cable car

 

The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) in the Thai province of Phuket has approved the construction of a three-kilometre cable car for the purposes of tourism.

Integradet cable car system


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New idea: individual cable car journeys

 

In the light of the cable car plans in Cologne, German start-up URBAN NETWAYS has developed a cable car system that allows individual journeys by means of fast junctions and intersections.

Patnitop


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Award-winning Poma cable car in India

 

“Skyview” is the name of the latest attraction in the Indian adventure destination of Patnitop. The cable car from French manufacturer POMA starts in the middle of the park and runs to the other side of the valley.

San Francisco


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A cable car as a building lift

 

Salesforce Tower is probably the most surprising attraction in San Francisco (USA). Whilst there are lifts operating in other skyscrapers, an urban cable car from LPOA, a North American subsidiary of the French manufacturer POMA, serves as an ascent aid here.

Zagreb


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Traditional route revitalised

 

After 13 years, Zagreb is finally getting a ropeway again. The signature of Zagreb mayor Milan Bandić in January last year gave the go-ahead for the ascent aid, which will run from the city centre to the summit of Sljeme.

Mokpo


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The highest cable car in South Korea

 

For the expansion of its tourism infrastructure, South Korea is increasingly using cable cars from French manufacturer POMA. The latest coup: a cable car connecting the city of Mokpo to the island of Gohado.

Doppelmayr/Garaventa constructs urban cablecar for greater mobility


Major projekt in Mexico City
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Doppelmayr/Garaventa constructs urban cablecar for greater mobility

 

Mexico City has a major problem: traffic. In the future, the new urban ropeway system from Austrian ropeway manufacturer DOPPELMAYR/GARAVENTA will combat this. Opening of the third transport level is scheduled for the start of 2021, after a construction period of only a year and a half.

The complete view


Which requirements must urban cable cars fulfil?
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Urban cable car projects often fail on the grounds of social acceptance. Lack of knowledge and the absence of a requirement profile are reasons for this. SALZMANN, the established Austrian planning office for cable cars, therefore had some basic research undertaken – with exciting results and a holistic view of urban cable cars as a part of mobility landscapes.

Protecting staff from COVID-19


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At this time of COVID-19, the cleaning of surfaces plays an important role for companies, in order to protect those people who cannot work from home.

 

Integrated cable car system


New Idea: individual cable car journeys
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In the light of the cable car plans in Cologne, German start-up URBAN NETWAYS has developed a cable car system that allows individual journeys by means of fast junctions and intersections.

Major project in Mexico City


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Doppelmayr/Garaventa constructs urban cable car for greater mobility

 

Mexico City has a major problem: traffic. In the future, the new urban cable car system from Austrian cable car manufacturer DOPPELMAYR/ GARAVENTA will combat this. Opening of the third transport level is scheduled for the start of 2021, after a construction period of only a year and a half.

7 strands for more advantages


7 strands for more advantages
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Teufelberger-Redaelli backs the 7-strand Solitec ®Max 7

 

Over the years, more than 130 7-strand cables have been installed and operated. The cable has been perfected through further development with support profiles from the established Solitec® technology. The very positive experience in practical use is underpinned by a mathematically modelled vibration analysis from RICAM and MathConsult. The study confirms a vibration intensity that is reduced by up to 38%.

Montenegro begins tendering for a new cable car project


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Montenegro’s ministry of tourism has begun tendering for the construction and operation of a gondola cableway, which will connect the coastal town of Kotor with the village of Njeguši in Lovćen National Park.

Back and forth on Lake Zürich


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The plan for a cable car over Lake Zürich has actually been stopped for the present by a court order. However, the instigators from ZKB are undeterred by this and have announced that they will take the fight for the ZüriBahn to the next highest authority.

Cable cars for the plains of Berlin


Cable cars for the plains of Berlin
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More and more districts of Berlin seem unable to get enough of these cable-drawn solutions.

Briefing about a ropeway project in Kota Kinabalu


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The state government of Kota Kinabalu (City of Malaysia) is currently in talks with a Korean company to connect the city with the Island Pulau Gaya by ropeway.

Rossdale Power Plant as key stop for new gondola?


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Prairie Sky Gondola Inc. has released a preliminary sketch of a station to be built near the Rossdale power plant.

Reliable & Efficient


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In a survey by Zeit Online, readers were asked the question, what would be needed for them to leave the car behind. The answer was unequivocally that the local public transport needs to be not free but rather more reliable.

Guayaquil - The "Aerovia" cable car from Poma will soon be the new lifeline of the city


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Whilst urban cable cars are being discussed around the world, Guayaquil is already a major step ahead. In the Ecuadorian city, a cable car is currently being constructed, which links two towns together, crosses a river and accesses the city centre. Moreover, French cable car manufacturer POMA also submitted a successful funding concept.

Digitalisation


Are entire countries become smart?
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Much is made of smart cities but who thinks about the rural regions?

CO2 and noise


Cable cars have the best energy and ecobalance
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Even with a high transport capacity, urban cable cars display low energy demand. This is demonstrated in studies by German urban planner Frieder Kremer in his book “Innovation Seilbahn” (Innovation Cable Car). The following is an extract from his publication with a few editorial amendments (TU Berlin [Berlin Institute of Technology] 2015: p. 44).

The optimal solution


When does a cable car make sence?
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Urban cable cars are an increasingly common topic in research and science. The book “Innovation Seilbahn” (Innovation Cable Car) by Frieder Kremer is one example of this. In it, the urban and regional planner has written – among other things – about transport technology optimisation and the application possibilities of cable cars or in a nutshell: when does an urban cable car actually make sense?

Public transport


Moving more than „just“ people
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The artist Christoph Niemann presents his theory on how to bring people from their cars to public transport.

What does a cable car cost?


An economic analysis
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The costs of a cable car system comprise investment costs on the one hand and operating costs on the other. The total of these costs depends on the various parameters. Urban planner Frieder Kremer has collated these conditions in his book, “Innovation Seilbahn” (Innovation Cable Car). The following is an extract from his publication with a few editorial amendments (TU Berlin 2015: pp. 41 – 43).

Urban Cable Cars - What about European procurement law?


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Discussion about whether cable cars should be used in cities as part of the change in transport to contribute to climate protection, as can already been seen in a number of cities in Latin America (e.g. La Paz) or even in Cologne in Germany, raises the question of procurement law.

The digital cable car


About WLan and network solutions for urban cable car systems
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Whether communication, security, advertising or customer retention: There are many reasons to make an urban cable car into a digital system. Increasingly, these are about extending system-critical communication between passengers and staff through entertainment provisions.

Up Bus: Sometimes it drives, sometimes it hovers


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According to Aachen technical university (Germany), a combination of cable car and autonomously driven electric bus will revolutionise local transport. The existing technology simply needs to be cleverly combined. This also includes a system from space.

Successfully extended


The cooperation of UN-Habitat and DOPPELMAYR continues
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UN-Habitat and ropeways builder DOPPELMAYR extended their cooperation in the spring of this year. The aim of this collaboration is the continuous expansion of sound knowledge, sharing of information and the provision of skills in the field of transport.

Urban cable cars


The perfect solution! But to what?
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All over the world, cable cars are being brought into play as the perfect solution to urban mobility crises, generally promoted by highly specialised consulting and engineering companies. Feasibility studies in almost endless numbers usually – and unsurprisingly – conclude that a cable car is technically feasible and can also be financed under certain framework conditions. But why are only few studies actually implemented? ILF Consulting Engineers, project developer for urban cable car projects, has examined this question.

Steambeast - the dirt killer


New ZAUGG technology in the fight against stubborn dirt
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The dream of a responsible citizen who cares about the cleanliness of his city, or a visitor who shows consideration for the beauty of the host town, is still alive. But it is just not visible in daily life. Technology is needed to help us keep our public space attractive and hygienic. ZAUGG has newly defined such technology with its Steambeast.

Encarnación & Asunción - two cable car plans at once in Paraguay


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Unlike other South American countries, Paraguay does not yet have an urban cable car. However, corresponding projects are under discussion both in the capital, Asunción, and in the border city of Encarnación.

Mumbai: From east to west


From Malad to Marve and from Borivali to Gorai
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Commuters from two Indian suburbs have every reason to be happy, as their route to work should be made easier by the construction of cable car systems. Residents had already previously demanded a solution to their daily mobility problem.

Graz mobility concept - an austrian city prepares for the future


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In Graz, they are hoping for a transport turnaround. Greater e-mobility and an improved public transport system are on the cards here. To make these goals achievable, the Styrian capital is carefully weighing up all the options.

Cologne - Cable Car to connect the exhibition centre to the main railway station


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Under the name “Skytrain”, Cologne is planning a cable car to cross the Rhine, as a “commuter terminal” parallel to the famous Hohenzollern Bridge.

Universal and sophisticated - Urban cable cars by Bartholet as a versatile transport solution


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Some of the key properties of urban cable cars make them the ideal addition to public transport. In addition, the mode of transport is far more diverse than might initially be thought. This can be demonstrated very easily by means of the example of Swiss cable car manufacturer BARTHOLET.

Mels - Inauen-Schätti is ensuring the best accessibility for Uptown Mels


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The old Stoffel textile factory has been closed for 20 years now but the Uptown Mels project is set to breathe new life into the historic building.

Turku - Leitner ropeways implements urban cable car in Finland´s oldest city


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By funicular to Turku’s former prison – Kakolantmäki hill. This journey in Finland’s oldest city has recently become possible thanks to cable car manufacturer LEITNER ropeways.

Guayaquil - The “Aerovia” cable car from POMA will soon be the new lifeline of the city


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Whilst urban cable cars are being discussed around the world, Guayaquil is already a major step ahead.

What does local public transport need in order to stand up to the car?


What does local public transport need in order to stand up to the car?
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In a survey by Zeit Online, readers were asked the question, what would be needed for them to leave the car behind. The answer was unequivocally that the local public transport needs to be not free but rather more reliable.

Rheinpendel - The dream for Cologne


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In addition to the current plans for the Skytrain cable car in Cologne, the thinking in the major German city is on a much larger scale. Voter group “GUT Köln” is proposing a cable car network that winds its way through the entire city. This ambitious vision is called “Rheinpendel” (Rhine commute).

Special drives for inclined lifts to transport passengers


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To counter the ever-increasing volume to traffic, more and more cities are using cable cars for public transport. This is also true in the Bolivian capital, La Paz.

Indian Cable Car Fever


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Traffic depends too much on roads – this was the conclusion reached by the representatives of Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala. This is why these Indian cities are going to consider various other mobility concepts.

SI talks with Mariam Khalifeh about the Hackathon in Stockholm


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SI talks with Mariam Khalifeh about the Hackathon in Stockholm

Cable cars in urban environments


- with technology from SEW EURODRIVE
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When constructing cable cars, SEW‑EURODRIVE is repeatedly proposed as a reliable, experienced supplier of drive technology. Many customers rely on drives from this family firm, based in Bruchsal, Germany. In addition to a high level of quality and reliability, this is because the client also benefits from a strong international service network.

Future in the city


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The Austrian Society for Traffic and Transport Science (ÖVG) estimates that where suitable alternatives and a corresponding routing exist, urban cableways can support the paradigm shift away from motorized individual transport.

India


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After repeated delays, the Jammu cable car launch is eagerly awaited. According to media reports, the cable car should open in early 2019.

Clamps and grips


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A central component of cableway technology is the cable grip. Choosing the right system impacts the operation of an urban cableway.

Berlin


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With over three million rides recorded in just 186 days, the cable car to the Kienberg hill was THE attraction of the international horticultural exhibition. The installation is to be operated by LEITNER until 2020 but it is time to ask what happens with it after this date. The CDU in Berlin has come up with a plan.

Internet of Things (IoT)


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The internet of things (short: IoT) is a collective term for technologies that interconnect physical and virtual objects and make them work together through information and communication technologies. IoT offers a range of new areas of application also for urban cableways, in particular their safety, maintenance, control and promotion.

International mobility


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The importance of mobility in our everyday life continues to grow. Experts around the world are busy looking for ways to guarantee easy access to this commodity also in future.

Creating dynamic new markets


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To achieve global goals for sustainable development, urban development, including much greater involvement of the private sector, needs to play a primary role in the future.

Edmonton


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According to forecasts, Edmonton will grow by some 40 percent over the next twenty years. The Canadian city must therefore confront the same challenge faced by many other rapidly expanding cities: how do you create the space and infrastructure needed for so many people in as little time as possible?

Africa


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Companies that will enter the African market cannot only seize market opportunities but also contribute to its development within the framework of their core business - for example by creating new jobs, introducing higher standards or supplying products and services.

Africa


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Firms from around the globe direct their attention to this new promising market – Africa. But what do you need to know about the land and its people before setting out for the journey? Businesses that have already succeeded in entering the market shared their experience about Africa during a multilogue held in Vorarlberg.