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Our 2019 Agenda

Day 1 - Monday 17th June

9:00 Deutsche Bahn site visits
  Begin your stay in Munich by visiting an innovation centre and operational sites in the city thanks to support from our partner Deutsche Bahn. Leaving the hotel at 9:30am you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow delegates and check out the network developments first hand.
11:30 Registration
12:00 Networking lunch
13:00 Welcome address
As urban populations increase there is increased demand for a sustainable, high capacity rail network. ERTMS is crucial to delivering this growth while maintaining high standards of safety and reliability. This session will look at the different stages of ERTMS and the some of the challenges of ERTMS implementation, from cross – border interoperability to internal processes needed for a smooth implementation process.
Moderator: Armand Toubol, Vice President, New Opera
13:10 Considering the business drivers for advanced signalling systems
• Developing a long term investment plan for signalling projects
• Attaining ROI on ERTMS: lowering maintenance costs, improved safety for passengers, higher capacity across the network
• Greenfield versus brownfield projects: comparing the different business cases
Jo Bosschere, Director Signalling, Infrabel
13:25 Requirements and challenges for the integration of ERTMS onto a legacy system
• Increasing capacity to alleviate overcrowding on a busy network
• Interfacing new and legacy systems on a brownfield network
• Achieving safe operation on shared stretches of track
Kenny Van Heuverswijn, ECTS Program Manager, Infrabel
Nicolas Ykman, Signalling Project Manager, Infrabel
13:40 Advisory session
13:55 Maintaining digital signalling systems post installation
• Running a safe, efficient and reliable service whilst operating ERTMS
• Is a redundant system necessary in the case of failure?
• Using data to ensure ongoing safety and reliability of ERTMS systems
G.S Tuteja, Chief Signal Expert, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation
14:10 Getting the most out of ERTMS: smarter functions and capabilities
• Enhanced automation capabilities of the different levels of ETCS
• Intelligent traffic management and flexible timetabling
• Do the benefits of enhanced automation outweigh the costs? What’s the ROI?
Carlo De Grandis, Policy Officer, European Commission

Panel discussion: ERTMS post deployment: what are the capabilities?
• What additional capabilities can be achieved with ERTMS wireless systems?
• What are the limitations of ERTMS and how can we mitigate them?
• What is the potential for future upgrades of the ERTMS system?
Jo Bosschere, Director Signalling, Infrabel
Kenny Van Heuverswijn, ECTS Program Manager, Infrabel
Nicolas Ykman, Signalling Project Manager, Infrabel
G S Tuteja, Chief Signal Expert, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation
Carlo De Grandis, Policy Officer, European Commission

14:55 Networking coffee break
 15:10 Panel Discussion: Financing the digital revolution
Rail companies want to deploy new technology and achieve efficiencies and benefits from digitalisation, but the issue of who will pay for this remains. Operators need to pursue the right business models and achieve sufficient ROI from upgrades to communications and IoT capabilities. This panel discussion will bring together finance and technology experts to discuss funding options and the monetisation of digital services.
• Justifying investment in ‘nice to have’ technologies such as passenger Wi-Fi – finding a business case
• What are the funding options available for large scale digitalisation projects? Government, private investors, PPPs
• Who is responsible for digital upgrades? Operator vs infrastructure manager
• How can operators monetise services such as passenger Wi-Fi and achieve ROI?
• Freight rail: developing a business case for digitalised freight in a highly competitive market operating under tight margins
Roman Kotiers, Chief Financial Officer, Rail Cargo Hungaria
Sebastien Martin, Chief Financial Officer, DB Cargo
Alejandro Moreno Moya, Director, Midlands Metro Alliance
16:10 Networking coffee break
The goal of ERTMS has always been to create seamless, safe, and reliable travel. Yet without proper standards in place, the cost of implementation can be too much for some rail operators, particularly in the highly competitive freight sector. Furthermore, countries have each deployed the technology differently and their systems and standards need to be ingrated before seamless travel can be achieved.
Moderator: Pierro Petrucciolo. Senior Advisor ERTMS Coordinator, CER
16:25 Case study: Working across the rail sector to set standards for digitalisation
• What are the biggest challenges facing standardisation in the rail sector?
• Research and innovation activities towards standards for the rail sector
• Bringing together governments, suppliers, operators, and other stakeholders
 16:40 Project managing the implementation of ERTMS
• Overcoming legacy systems
• Keeping costs low throughout the project
• Does your network need a fallback system?
Richard Thorp, Engineering Director, HS1
16:55 Advisory session
17:10 Case study: Achieving cross border interoperability
• Cross-border collaboration between rail operators
• Overcoming differences in standards of traffic management
• Interoperability at trackside
Carlo Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail
17:25 ERTMS for freight
• Is the roll out of ERTMS too ambitious? How could it affect freight’s competitive position
• Justifying the business case for investing in ERTMS for freight
• How could ERTMS deployment improve efficiency and reduce costs?
17:40 Panel discussion: Debating the need for ERTMS standards
• How will Brexit and increased border security affect the European Union’s goal for seamless rail travel?
• How are a lack of standards costing the rail industry time and money?
• Are standards even necessary or are customisation and bespoke systems more important?
• What key stakeholders need to come together to achieve ERTMS standards? Who is responsible for setting them?
• How can the freight industry keep up with passenger services?
• In what ways can non-European regions collaborate to create standards?
Carlo Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail
Richard Thorp
, Engineering Director, HS1
18:10 Drinks reception


Day 2 - Tuesday 18th June 

8:00 Registration
9:00 Welcome address
Rail is under pressure to exploit advancing technology in cost-efficient ways in order to meet targets around safety, capacity and reliability.This requires a collaborative, integrated, and system-wide approach. This session will look at ways in which the rail sector can use technology to improve rail services and give it the upper edge over other modes of transport.
Moderator: Libor Lochman, Executive Director, CER
9:10 Opening keynote presentation: Innovation: giving rail the competitive edge
Rolf Härdi, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Deutsche Bahn
9:25  The business case for investing in new technology: why investments in freight means more revenue
• The benefits of intelligent wagons
• Reducing loss of cargo through advanced CCTV analytics
• Freight rail vs passenger rail: why we must level the playing field
Bertrand Minary, Chief Innovation Officer, SNCF
9:40 Advisory session
9:55 Decarbonising the railway: what are the technical challenges?
• Working towards the 2044/2030 deadline
• Alternative propulsion systems: transitioning away from dirty diesel
• Sustainable recycling and decommissioning of obsolete rolling stock
Alessandra Berto, Innovation Program Manager, SF Italiane
  How will AI, robotics, and autonomous technology change the transport ecosystem?
• Frequent, dangerous, and minor tasks: where will robotics and automation make the biggest difference to rail?
• Becoming a more agile and responsive organisation through machine learning
• What is capable now vs what will be capable in 10 years’ time
10:10 Case study: Building a modern network from scratch
• New line development as a tool for solving capacity pressures
• Investing in technology and infrastructure that will stand the test of time
• Ensure new infrastructure meets the needs and demands of travellers now and in future
10:25 Panel Discussion: Priorities for the future development of the railway
• Learning from the last 20 years of increase in demand
• What are the best tools for coping with the predicted surge in population?
• What technologies should railways be investing in now to stay ahead of the curve?
• Competing versus collaborating with other modes of transport
Rolf Härdi, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Deutsche Bahn
Bertrand Minary,
Chief Innovation Officer, SNCF
Libor Lochman,
Executive Director, CER
Alessandra Berto
, Innovation Program Manager, SF Italiane
Jacopo Tattini
, Energy & Transport, IEA
Norbert Kahl
, Innovation Strategic Program, DB Cargo
10:55 Panel discussion: Addressing the skills and gender gaps in the rail sector
The rail industry is seeing dramatic changes with the need to respond to growing populations and new contenders in the mobility space with smarter, more efficient, and high capacity services. Yet without the right skills, digitalisation and major infrastructure projects are impossible to implement. Young, tech-savvy engineers are needed to replace an ageing workforce, while in the 21st century the rail industry needs to work hard to address the unbalance of male-female workers.

• How are the skills needed for railway professionals changing in the digital age?
• The digital workforce: how can greater connectivity and technologies such as virtual reality deliver efficiencies and safety improvements?
• What is the financial cost to the rail industry of an ageing, male-dominated workforce?
• How does a more diverse workforce give you a competitive edge?
• Does rail have an image problem?
• How can railways engage younger people, especially women, to encourage them to join the rail sector?
• What are the opportunities for working with schools and universities?

Rachel Vardy, Head of Customer Experience, South West Rail
James Featherstone, Civil Engineer, Network Rail
Karen O’Brien, Director Project Development, VIA Canada
Barbara Morgante
, Former Preseident, Thello
Abigail Kiernen
, Project Manager, Network Rail
11:40 Networking coffee break
 12:10 Interactive live poll: Disruptive technology and innovation: its impact on passenger and freight rail
During this session, audience members will be able to vote on pre-selected questions through our interactive Q&A system and share their views with the rest of the room. Panellists will then discuss each question and the poll results in turn. This is a unique opportunity to get a sense of what your fellow rail executives think of how technology will disrupt and revolutionise the global rail sector.

• What technologies are currently the disrupting in the rail sector? How should rail operators respond?
• What is holding the rail industry back from embracing innovation?
• Are alternative mobility models an opportunity or a threat for long distance rail?
• How will artificial intelligence and increasingly automated processes impact the way we run railways?
13:10 Networking lunch
Upgrading ageing infrastructure offers vast opportunities for improving performance and reliability, maximising network capacity, and saving on costs. Modern technologies and asset management techniques allow rail companies to predict and prepare for failures in advance, thus reducing the impact on operations. Digitalisation has now become an important part of asset management, communications networks and modern data analysis techniques are reshaping the potential of railway infrastructure. This session will look at how digitalisation is lowering maintenance costs and increasing infrastructure’s life cycle.
14:10 Data capture and transmission: enabling faster, more advanced functionalities
• How can real-time data transmission unlock new potential applications?
• How much data do you need? Capturing the right kind of data for your operations
• LTE, broadband radio, and public networks: Evaluating different forms of data transfer
14;25 Using telematics to monitor rolling stock
• Enabling advanced asset awareness and real-time positioning
• Improving dispatching and rescheduling processes in case of disturbances
• Standardising procedures and data between TOCs, FOCs, and IAMs in order to produce reliable information
14:40 Advisory session
14:55 Leveraging data to predict, detect and prevent
• Cross industry collaboration: the importance of sharing data
• Restrictions of GDPR legislation for sharing data with suppliers
• Discerning between valuable and non-valuable information: analytics for ensuring effective use of Big Data
Bardo Schettini Gherardini, Senior Advisor, EIM
15;10  Obtaining a return on investment on new infrastructure safety programs
• Cost- effective ways of improving infrastructure management
• How long does it take before new maintenance programs see a return on investments
• Upgrading versus the replacement of existing assets
Ezequiel Lemos, President, Trenes Argentinos Cargas
15:25  Panel Discussion: Capitalising on digital assets
• Understanding the needs of your organisation and buying intelligently
• To what extent is real-time data possible across the rail network?
• Combining data from different sources: how to extract the best value?
Ezequiel Lemos, President, Trenes Argentinos Cargas
15:55  Networking coffee break
The roundtable sessions promote niche and open discussion among 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.
Using intelligent data to understand passenger behaviour How to build and implement successful mobility partnerships
Mission critical communication for rail Optimizing maintenance to increase uptime and  availability
17:25 Panel Discussion: Staying safe and secure in this new digital age
• Are shareholders and senior leadership teams aware of the financial costs of insufficient security?
• How should transport operators prepare for breaches? What incident response strategies are needed?
• Can your network be too secure? To what extent does increased security impinge of efficient and effective operation?
• How does increasing use of IoT create vulnerabilities in rail networks?
• What operational changes need to be made in order to comply with NIST?
• Is the industry doing enough to combat cyber risks? Are further standards needed?
• How are cyber security threats likely to evolve in the future?
Joseph Mager, Information Security Officer, Nederlandse Spoorwegen
18:25 Networking drinks reception

Day 3 - Wednesday 19th June

9:30 Welcome address
The way passengers travel has changed drastically over the last 20 years. In order to compete with alternative mobility modes it is crucial that railways adapt to these changes in usage. Passengers want a journey which is comfortable, convenient and efficient. This session will look at ways to keep the modern passenger happy by creating a faster service, integrating seamless Wi-Fi and incorporating new and flexible ways to pay for travel.
Speaker/Moderator: Ian Wright, Head of Innovation, Transport Focus 
9:55 From car to carriage: convincing commuters to opt into public transport
• Understanding the needs of the modern passenger
• Ensuring customers achieve maximum productivity on their journey
• Making sure you have reliable timetabling schedules
Mischa Van Der Haar, Business Analyst, ProRail
 10:10 The business case for Wi-Fi across the fleet
• Competitive advantage: how Wi-Fi can differentiate rail
• Delivering ROI: ancillary revenues through monetisation and advertising
• Challenges in delivering seamless connectivity: why bad Wi-Fi is worse than no Wi-Fi
10:25 Advisory session
10:40 Flexible ticketing: changing the way passengers pay for travel
• Adapting to modern day work cultures
• Bluetooth, apps, mobile, and smart card: evaluating the variety of ticketing options available
• Simplifying tariffs so customers get the best deal
Robert Nisbet, Regional Director, Rail Delivery Group
10:55 Alternatives to signalling: alleviating the congestion on your network
• Passenger behaviour management
• Alleviating capacity pressures through journey planning and real-time information
• How can real-time journey data reduce congestion?
11:10 Panel discussion:
• What are the barriers to customers effectively using rail networks?
• What are the most cost-efficient ways of increasing capacity?
• Which customer experience factors do passengers prioritise?
• How can rail compete with other modes of transport?
Robert Nisbet, Regional Director, Rail Delivery Group
Mischa Van Der Haar, Business Analyst, ProRail
11:40 Networking coffee break
The workshop sessions 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 led by specialist facilitators and will discuss the challenges presented on their tables. Each table will then feed their conclusions back to the whole group, so you can take practical information back to the office to improve your business!
Smarter timetabling systems for rail: automating the management of the network
• Modernising systems for better timetabling processes
• Flexible timetables: real-time traffic management to reduce or increase trains in service
• Coping with incidents and fluctuating passenger demand
Making the move from 4g to 5g
• What new applications will be unlocked by 5G?
• Creating a smart investment plan
• Overcoming challenges for implementation
13:10 Networking lunch
Passengers want to have seamless journeys with integrated, intermodal ticketing models. Mobility-as-a-Service schemes can help spread passengers across the network, alleviating capacity and enabling better journeys. This session will look at ways to keep the modern passenger happy, including alternative modes of transportation, improving ticketing solutions, and the role of smart cities.
14;35  Encouraging a modal shift to public transportation
• Growing urban populations and the expected future transport needs of cities
• Reducing the attractiveness of cars and supporting the development of all modes of public transport
• Improving reliability and connectivity of public transport
• Environmental benefits of the uptake of public transit
14:50  Solving the first/last mile challenge
• Alternative mobility modes: competitor or partner?
• Investing in infrastructure for electric and autonomous vehicles
• How can technology be used to create greater integration?
Benedikt Sperling, Head of Business Development and Sales DACH region, Easymile
15:05 Advisory session
 15:20 Technology as the enabler of a MaaS model
• Identifying the service ecosystem
• Data sharing and standardization
• Adapting service-provider business models to accommodate MaaS
Liam Henderson, Founder & Chair, Rail Innovation Group
15:35 Case study: Migrating from the old world to the new: introducing account based ticketing
• Integrating new ticketing systems with legacy systems
• Challenges in implementing and deploying new ticketing methods
• Combining the offerings of various mobility providers in a single app
• Buying tickets or booking transportation through the same portal
Peter Van Dijk, Chief Operating Officer, Translink
15:50 Panel Discussion: Making mobility easier for passengers
• How should rail operators respond to mobility disruptors?
• How can passengers be encouraged to use transportation networks more efficiently?
• What will the future mobility players look like?
Benedikt Sperling, Head of Business Development and Sales DACH region, Easymile
Liam Henderson,
Founder & Chair, Rail Innovation Group
Peter Van Dijk,
Chief Operating Officer, Translink
16:00  End of SmartRail