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Find out more about what's happening at SafeRail 2019 and take a look at our full agenda...

Day 1 - Tuesday 14th May

8:00am Registration
9:00am Welcoming address
The transportation industry is becoming increasingly digitalized, which has had a positive impact on efficiency and customer satisfaction. However, with so many devices becoming connected it has left transportation networks exposed and vulnerable to attack. This session will focus on ways operators can uphold customer expectations whilst ensuring security and safety.
9:10am Understanding and coping with the risks of a digitalized transport network
• Appropriately securing your network against cyber attacks
• Adapting to the modernization of equipment across your network
• Protecting your network without affecting your processes
9:25am Securing the Internet of Things (IOT)
• How does greater connectivity lead to increased risks?
• Creating a defense against breaches in privacy
• Recognizing when human intervention is necessary
9:40am Advisory session
9:55am Bridging the gap between government and industry
• How can we rebuild the relationship between industry and government?
• Why joint collaboration will strengthen overall security
• Will creating a clear separation between research and regulatory departments in the government aid its unification with industry?
10:10am Self-sufficient transportation networks
• Addressing the safety and security concerns surrounding autonomous vehicles
• The importance of regulation across all autonomous modes of transport
• Are unmanned forms of transport the future?
10:25am Panel discussion: Technology: friend or foe?
• Is the rapid advancement of technology putting your network at risk?
• Keeping up and keeping safe: embracing innovation without neglecting safety and security
• Integrating new technology with existing legacy systems
10:55pm Networking coffee
The deadline for PTC has been extended once again and every railroad is expected to have installed PTC on all mandated trains and trainlines by December 2020. This session will look into the difficulties which hindered train operators from meeting the 2018 deadline by looking at reoccurring challenges surrounding testing, installation and industry collaboration. It is crucial now more than ever to identify the disparities between theoretical planning and practical implementation and to find ways to overcome these issues to ensure the next deadline is met.
Moderator: Jo Strang, Vice President- Safety and Regulatory Policy, ASLRRA
11:25am Back to the drawing board: identifying the disparities between the theoretical planning and the practical implementation of PTC
• What unexpected difficulties have arose in the process of installing PTC and how can we overcome them
• Merging PTC systems with existing operations
• What are the limitations of PTC
11:40am In pursuit of the next deadline
• Integrating new systems with existing infrastructure
• Interoperability between host railroads and their tenants
• Effectively coordinating between railroads and suppliers
11:55am Overcoming the challenges to successfully implementing PTC
• Upholding an efficient and reliable service whilst testing PTC
• Ensuring all components needed for PTC are seamlessly working together
• Sustaining and maintaining PTC on a day to day basis
12:10pm Advisory session
12:25pm Maintaining PTC once it has been implemented
• Running a safe, efficient and reliable service whilst operating PTC
• Complying with safety regulations
• Putting a redundant system in place in case of PTC failure
12:40pm Panel discussion: Post-deployment strategies, what opportunities does PTC present ?
• What additional capabilities can be achieved on PTC’s wireless systems?
• Attaining a return on investment from PTC installation
• Is there potential for upgrading PTC in the future
1:10pm Networking lunch
It is crucial that all railroads and transit agencies remain in good state of repair to avoid derailments and fatalities. It is beneficial for operators to develop individual strategies to ensure they are permanently meeting government requirements. This session will look at how operators can do this efficiently whilst being as cost-effective as possible.
2:25pm Future proofing: working for tomorrow
• Planning ahead to ensure that a good state of repair is met and maintained
• Investing in the right resources and equipment
• Managing your finance and Investments
2:40pm   Using predictive maintenance to maintain a good state of repair
• Leveraging data analytics to predict repairs and reduce costs
• Developing assets knowledge from historic data to avoid recurring issues
• Creating meaningful and timely alerts and alarms leading up to repairs and maintenance
2:55pm Advisory session
3:10pm Incorporating safety management regulations when building new infrastructure
• Putting safety first when installing new framework
• What is needed to ensure that new infrastructure is safe?
• Working with stakeholders during the procurement process
Ken Glover, Senior Vice President of Safety & Compliance, Genesee & Wyoming
3:25pm Robots or humans: using artificial intelligence to identify potential failures before they occur
• What are the pros and cons of using drones for track inspection?
• Can we maintain a state of good repair with limited human involvement?
• Who is responsible if robots make errors?
3:40pm Panel discussion: Transitioning from ageing infrastructure to a state of good repair
• Identifying your targets and goals before you begin
• Establishing appropriate standards and benchmarks
• Comparing data from different sources
4:10pm Networking coffee
  Interactive roundtables:
Roundtable sessions promote niche and open discussion amongst delegates. The conference hall will be divided into zones, each themed around a different challenge. Delegates can choose which zone they would like to join and a moderator will lead the group in discussion of the topic. Following the discussion, each table leader will feed their conclusions from the session back to the whole group.
Sleep apnoea: are standard sleep management programmes enough? What else can be done?
Data analytics: capitalizing of your data to reduce costs whilst retaining a safe and reliable service
Enhancing railroad safety and security by using robotics for rail inspection 
PTC: Preparing for the final stages of PTC implementation 
5:25pm Networking drinks reception

Day 2 - Wednesday 15th May

8:00am Registration
9:00am Welcoming address
Accidents and incidents caused by human error are an avoidable risk. Increasing digitlization and automation are one way of reducing mistakes, as is ensuring the regular training and the constant upskilling of staff. This session will look at different strategies that can be put into place to help secure your network from the dangers caused by human error.
Moderator: Chris Hart, Former Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
9:10am Implementing and managing a successful safety management programme
• Instilling a safety culture withing your organisation
• Prioritising safety at every level of your organisation
• Staying on track to meet the FTA deadline
9:25am Case study: Investments In artificial intelligence
• Understanding the needs of your organization
• Buying intelligently
• Attaining a return on your investments in the long term
9:40am Advisory session
9:55am Reducing accidents and incidents through data analytics
• How to use your data to predict, detect and deter
• Discerning between valuable and non- valuable information
• Deploying your resources accordingly
Ken Hylander, Executive Vice President & Chief Safety Officer, Amtrak
10:10am Digitalizing operational processes: benefits for safety and security
• Understanding the common mistakes workers make at terminals and investing in technology to mitigate these
• Automating security checks at terminals to reduce mistakes
• How will automation improve efficiency and security?
R.T. McCarthy, Chief Safety Officer, Keolis Commuter Services
10:25am Panel discussion: Can we run a safe and efficient service with minimal human intervention
• In what circumstances is automation safer than manual operation
• Understanding the limitations of humans and using technology to compensate for them
• What will automation look like in the future?
10:55am Networking coffee break
Led by a facilitator, workshops offer a perfect platform for interaction, debate, and sharing of best practice. Following the moderators' introductory presentation, delegates will sit on tables of no more than 10 to discuss specific challenges. Each table will then feed their conclusions back to the whole group.
11:40pm Improving productivity and safety of night workers by investing in wearable technology 
12:40pm Networking lunch
Trespassing and suicide is a tragic issued faced by railroad operators in North America. The number of rail related accidents and incidents have decreased significantly. However, rail trespassing – intentional and unintentional is still the primary cause of fatalities on North American railroads. The sensitivity of this topic means that discussions about it are limited. This session will tackle this problem head on, looking at different tactics which can be adopted in order to prevent reduce the risk of collisions with pedestrians.
1:40pm Strategies for reducing Trespassing and suicide incidents
• The importance of spotting and understanding trends to prevent accidents and incidents on railroads
• Understanding the demographic and environmental characteristics of rail suicide
• Working in partnership with local charities to prevent railroad related deaths
Hilary Konczal, Chief Safety & Environment Officer, Metra
1:55pm Mitigating worker accidents and fatalities
• What are the leading causes for worker accidents and fatalities 
• How can the incorporation of artificial intelligence help reduce the number of rail related deaths 
• Creating and diligently adhering to a road worker protection plan
• Adhering to government protocols when reporting accidents
2:10pm Case study: why adopting a community outreach program is an effective way to tackle suicide and trespassing on railroads.
2:25pm Advisory session
2:40pm Raising public awareness of the dangers of railroads
• Leveraging social media to inform the public about the dangers of railroads 
• Training your staff to detect risky pedestrian behaviour 
• Collaborating with public health authorities to formalize an suicide prevention plan
Michael Allen, Director, New Jersey Operation Lifesaver
2:55pm Panel discussion: What are the factors contributing to the reduction of suicide and trespassing incidents and how can we build on these 
• Understanding how pedestrian safety at highway – rail grade crossings has changed over time
• Sharing data with public authorities to gain an overall picture 
• Using empirical evidence and examining the behaviour of pedestrians involved in accidents and incidents to prevent recurrence
3:25pm End of SafeRail