Although, this new decentralized organizational structure impacted emotional, social and staff management practices, the current crisis has brought new organizational challenges. Such and imposed changes have not only accelerated the digital transformation of the company, but also motivated the employees to move forward and to develop personal initiatives. This pandemic propelled Leroy Automation to upmost Industry 4.0 standard, where information and communication technologies (ICT), security and cyber security policies have been enforced.
The internal IT department has smoothly structured a robust, reliable and efficient IT network infrastructure with optimized data centres; implemented flexible digital VoIP telecoms and real-time messaging, deployed safe software application bundles, and ensured end-to-end communication security. As a result, every internal processes from marketing, sales and project management, company finances and human resources administration to manufacturing scheduling and tight logistics performance can now be handled without any space/time constraints, and with the assurance of best-in-class connectivity and security, allowing all workforce to remain as productive as possible and fully committed.
Even with the difficulties encountered and thanks to those measures, the Leroy Automation company keep positionning as a strong player on the railway marketplace fighting the coronavirus recession. In addition, rail transportation and urban mobility developments could drive the economic recovery after the pandemic. Massive public investment is being made to “reboot” the world machine.
Priority projects include accelerating the digitalisation of rail networks with a new generation of on-board European train control systems (ETCS); strategic plans for international rail upgrades, laying new tracks and improving location connections; boosting autonomous rolling stocks technologies and low-emission urban transit solutions. In such projects, Leroy Automation brings disruptive and proven train control technologies with built-in IEC 62443-compliant safety and TS 50701-capable cyber resilience hardware features, including SIL2-certified I/O modules, high-end remote solid-state power controllers (SSPC), and a broad portfolio of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) train communication gateways for on-board signalling upgrades.
While the crisis is still having an effect on the course of daily activities, Leroy Automation is still moving forward on its international business development strategy. The company is planning to exhibit and to showcase advanced train automation technologies and control solutions at the following ’21 railway trade events starting with the RSSI C&S, Indianapolis - USA in September; the European SIFER rail central marketplace located in Lille - France in October; and the APTA EXPO, Orlando - USA in November.
Now, as of mid-2021, the global pandemic situation seems to be improving daily but not evenly across all world regions. Even if one can even feel that the crisis is on its way to the recovery, “no-one is safe until everyone is safe” as titled in the latest publication Covid-19 Diaries from UNICEF - the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund. Only then, managing for the present and the future will have a meaning with a stronger focus on ensuring long-term value through increased flexibility, fairness and sustainability...