"...the optimization and renovation of existing railway facilities is a big challenge for the future."
Today SmartRail World is in Paris to speak to a 24 year veteran of the rail industry, Serge Chelly, Founder and CEO of IKOS Group. A graduate of ENSEEIHT, he began his career at LORE where he expanded the group into Switzerland, Italy and Spain before joining Altran where he became Senior Executive International Vice-President, COO of the southern region : Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Spain (4,500 people and 45 subsidiaries) and head of the Altran Organizing Committee. In 2005, he founded IKOS, which is today an international consulting group, specialized in the rail sector and composed of 500 engineers.
Luke Upton (LU): Many thanks for the time today Serge, Ikos is a technology consulting firm specializing in the rail sector, for readers less familiar with you, could you share some further information about the company?
Serge Chelly (SC): We founded IKOS Consulting in 2005, starting in a little office in Paris. Our main goal has always been to become a leader in the rail sector. Nowadays, many railway players rely on our expertise: our railway specialty allows us to take care of innovating and challenging projects.
Three years ago, in order to support the innovation, we created the IKOS Lab entity. The role of IKOS LAB is to be an incubator of ideas and to capitalize the methods, the tools and the state of art. It’s an internal network of experts, a place where researches and general studies are carried out.
We are now an international group composed of 500 engineers: we have just opened an office in New York in January 2015, and we are also based in France, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.