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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: David Price, Lead Reliability Engineer, TFL
13:10 Understanding the incentives for installing ERMTS
• Increasing speed to increase capacity
• Improved safety for passengers
• Lowering maintenance costs
13:25 In pursuit of standardised inter-operable systems
• Integrating new systems with existing infrastructure
• Effective coordination between railroads and suppliers
• Cooperating with railroad companies internationally
13:40 Advisory session
13:55 Considering the business drivers for advanced signalling systems
• Financing major signalling upgrades: public private partnerships (PPP) versus government bodies?
• Developing a long term investment plan for signalling projects
• Attaining ROI on ERTMS
14:10 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
14:25 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?
G. S Tuteja, Chief Signal Expert, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation
14:55 Networking coffee break
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 and 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.
15:25 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
15:40 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
Carlos De Grandis, Policy Officer, European Commission
15;55 Advisory session
16:10 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
16:25 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 

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 
Carlos De Grandis,
Policy Officer, European Commission

17:10 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
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.
9:25 Opening keynote presentation: Innovation: giving rail the competitive edge
Rolf Härdi, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Deutsche Bahn
  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 fie
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
  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
Phil Hewitt, Director, West Midlands Metro 
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
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.

• 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?
• What are the skills in highest demand?
• 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?
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
The rail industry is becoming increasingly digitalised, which has had a positive impact on efficiency, safety and customer experience. However, with so many devices becoming connected it has left transportation networks exposed and vulnerable to attack. This session will focus on identifying the actual risk and how rail operators can uphold customer expectations whilst ensuring security and safety.
14:10 Understanding and coping with the risks of a digitalised transport network: Securing the Internet of Things
• How does greater connectivity lead to increased risk?
• Embracing IoT without neglecting safety and security
• Familiarising yourself with the with the modernisation of equipment across your system
14;25 Business continuity planning and risk management
• Identifying the threats and risks to your business
• A risk based approach to asset protection
• Having backups in place for when disaster strikes
14:40 Advisory session
14:55 Implementing the NIS cyber security standards for transport
• An overview of current security requirements
• Operational changes needed to ensure compliance
• Putting robust incident reporting measures in place
15;10  Cyber security: more than just an IT issue
• Standards and processes for good cyber hygiene
• Establishing company protocols and adhering to them
• Equipping staff with the skills needed to effectively spot risk indicators
15:25  Panel Discussion: Can your network be too secure? When does security impinge of efficient and effective operation?
• Does there need to be industry wide standardisation for cyber security?
• Getting it right: investing in the best prevention and detection technologies
• Securing your network without disturbing your operations
• Risky business: the consequences of not investing in cyber security systems
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
17:40  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.
Linda McCord, Passenger Manager, Passenger Focus 
9:25 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
 9:55 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
10:10 Advisory session
10:25 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
10:40 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?
Vincent Weeda, Performance Analyst, ProRail
10:55 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?
11:25 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;10  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
14:25  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
14:40  Advisory session
 14:55 Technology as the enabler of a MaaS model
• Identifying the service ecosystem
• Data sharing and standardization
• Adapting service-provider business models to accommodate MaaS
15:10  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
Arco Groothedde, Chief Executive Officer, Translink 
15:25 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
Arco Groothedde, Chief Executive Officer, Translink 
16:00  End of SmartRail