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An editor's preview into this year's SmartMetro event (Copenhagen, 1-3 Nov)

Posted by Emily O'Dowd on Oct 14, 2016

It is under three weeks until SmartRSmartMetro Conference 2015ail World launch the 7th annual SmartMetro event. SmartMetro will bring all the European rail industry experts together on the 1-3 November in Copenhagen to discuss the workings of a world-class metro service. Europe is a union of cities and towns with 75% of the European population living in urban areas, so metro, rail and transit systems are at the heart of smart cities.

This year's event is split into two streams to learn how we can create the smart metro networks of the future. Whilst one of the streams continues to specialise in CBTC, our new stream focuses on passenger experience with further information about capacity, ticketing, marketing and much more. The agenda, experts and topics are shaped by the latest innovation, operational developments and digitisation. SmartMetro looks to develop an understanding into how we can create smarter cities and make metro at the heart of this.

The event was designed with the industry in mind; we have networking opportunities, interactive workshops and more global speakers presentations than any other transit show. This wealth of knowledge, expertise and conversation can all be found at Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Our unique event has invited 250 senior level executives comprising of CEOS, CFOs and CIOs. We have 50 speakers with the likes of Jerzy Lejk, President & CEO, Warsaw Metro, Andy Byford, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission and Michael Brown, Head of Operations, TfL Crossrail just to name a few. The full agenda can be read here, however SmartRail World have brought together some of the highlight’s from the 2016 agenda.


Unlike other show, the three days include interactive workshop sessions. This dynamic and interactive platform will allow opinions to be shared, debates to be created and develop solutions to overcome the common problems that are currently being faced. One workshop on the first day (16:30-17:30) will be led by Olivier Fafa, Systems Division Director at Systra where it will discussed how system oriented engineering can secure delivery expectations. Alternatively, Andreas Steingroever, PhD; Principle Expert for CBTC signalling systems, Siemens, will be leading the passenger experience workshop (16:30-17:30) to question degraded operations in metro systems. Another stimulating workshop of the day will be headed by Stephane Sanner, Urban Solutions Manager, Alstom (16:50-17:30) to discuss the urban capacity crisis. How can metro systems improve capacity? What can be done to improve real-time information? How can assets be managed and maximised?


Ahead of the event, SmartRail World caught up with Andy Byford Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission who said: “While I accept that politicians represent the people and that they hold the purse strings, sometimes you just need to give the experts the time and space to do what needs to be done.” SmartMetro provides this platform to allow all areas of the industry to come together to discuss recurring issues.

Additionally, our interview with Phillipe LeguayInternational Director Urban Railway Transport Systems at Keolis informed us that “Each project, each country is a new challenge. In my role the biggest challenge I face is giving the right advice to the Public Transport Authorities (PTA). Each time it’s a challenge to understand and identify the requirement and constraints that are not clearly expressed. It’s crucial for me to get a clear picture of the project and to propose the relevant advice/answer that will make the difference in comparison to our competitors.” The SmartMetro event will feature insights from public transport authorities such as Deutsche Bahn, Metro Service A/S, TfL Crossrail, SNCF and many more.

On day two, the CBTC stream at (11:45-12:00) will deliberate the communication between to supplier and operator to ensure effective procurement. Masnizam Hisham, Chief Infrastructure Services Officer, Prasarana Malaysia will provide his own experiences. “My work with Prasarana gives me the opportunity to visit other metro systems in the world, to see how they work and to takeaway new understandings – knowledge which I share and use to elevate our own system.” SmartMetro is primarily about sharing knowledge, learning new technologies and creating change.

SmartMetro and CBTC World Congress 2015 highlights: 


On the third day, our guests registered for the passenger stream will discuss the ways to combine better technology to benefit passenger real-time information, ticketing and relay this information back to operators. This will be discussed by Jerome Rogon, Service Solution Architect, Bombardier and Matyas Jangel, Chief Engineer, BKV Norbert Aranyos, BKV. (11:55-12:55)

Whilst the CBTC stream SmartMetro is supported by Associate Sponsors: ALSTOM, BOMBARDIER, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS, SIEMENS, SYSTRA, ANSALDO STS, SETEC, PROVER TECHNOLOGY, VOESTALPINE and a range of exhibitors that be found here.  

The SmartRail World team look forward to welcoming you in Copenhagen!

Topics: SmartRail Europe, projects

Emily O'Dowd

Written by Emily O'Dowd

On graduating with a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, Emily joined the editorial team. When she isn't writing articles for the website or interviewing experts in the industry she enjoys reading, running and sailing.

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