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Our 2019 Agenda

Day 1 - Monday 17th June

9:00 Deutsche Bahn site visits
  Operation site visits will depart from the hotel at 9:00 for those who have registered to attend either of the two excursions.
11:30 Registration
12:00 Networking lunch
13:30 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
13:40 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 De Bosschere, Director Signalling, Infrabel
14:00 Requirements and challenges for the integration of ERTMS onto a legacy system
• Interfacing new and legacy systems on a brownfield network
• Experience and challenges of first Pilot line for ETCS2 on conventional network
• ETCS project and program approach
Kenny Van Heuverswijn, ETCS Program Manager, Infrabel
Nicolas Ykman, Signalling Project Manager, Infrabel
14:20 OCORA - smartrail 4.0 – a program of the Swiss railway sector
Rolf Muhlemann, SBB Infra

Implementation and challenges of ETCS & ATO on a European scale
Baseliyos Jacob, DB Cargo

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 De Bosschere, Director Signalling, Infrabel
Kenny Van Heuverswijn, ECTS Program Manager, Infrabel
Nicolas Ykman, Signalling Project Manager, Infrabel
Rolf Muhlemann, SBB Infra
Norbert Kahl, DB Cargo
Baseliyos Jacob, DB Cargo
Moderator: Armand Toubol,
Vice President, New Opera

15:25 Networking coffee break

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
Sebastian Martin, Chief Financial Officer, DB Cargo France
Moderator: Marcello Perricone,
Editor, SmartRail World

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 integrated before seamless travel can be achieved.
Moderator: Marcello Perricone, Editor, SmartRail World
16:35 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
16:50 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

Ensuring railways interoperability between EU and CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States) railways
COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1305/2014 states the TAF/TAP TSI should be adopted for the interoperability of the European rail system. Latvian Railways has historically maintained train interoperability with CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States) railways and would need it after the adoption of TAF/TAP TSI. Latvian Railways in cooperation with Estonian Railways is developing TAF/TAP TSI and CIS compliant interoperability standard what can be used by other bordering railways as well. The presentation will cover the principles of the interoperability, the work in progress and the challenges faced so far.
Guntis Levins, Director Of Information Technology, Latvian Railway

17:30 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
Guntis Levins,
Director Of Information Technology, Latvian Railway
Moderator: Marcello Perricone, 
Editor, SmartRail World
18:00 End of Day One


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: Muhammad Wasay Rashid, European Operations Analyst, Arc Advisory Group
9:10 Opening keynote presentation: Innovation: giving rail the competitive edge
Rolf Härdi, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Deutsche Bahn
9:30  Railway and sustainability and how to realize this combination during continuous evolution
Claudia Cattani, President, RF Italiana

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
Ischtar El-Radhi, Digital Transformation Manager, SNCF

9:50 Advisory session
Valentina Ion,
EMEA Industry Government Director, Microsoft

How AI, robotics and autonomous driving are changing rail freight
• What trends will change the future of transport
• How we should respond to disruptive change
• Success stories from the digitalization journey of DB Carg0
Norbert Kahl, Innovation Strategic Program, DB Cargo

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
Claudia Cattani, President, RF Italiana
Norbert Kahl
, Innovation Strategic Program, DB Cargo
Valentina Ion,
EMEA Industry Government Director, Microsoft
Moderator: Muhammad Wasay Rashid, 
European Operations Analyst, Arc Advisory Group
10:55 Networking coffee break

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 imbalance 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?

Rhianne Montgomery, Programme Manager Of Rail Innovation, Innovate UK
James Featherstone, Civil Engineer, Network Rail
Karen O’Brien, Director Project Development, VIA Canada
Claudia Cattani,
 President, RF Italiana
Abigail Kiernan
, Senior Project Engineer, Network Rail
Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations & Regions, Rail Delivery Group

 12:15 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. Panelists 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?

Rolf Härdi, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Deutsche Bahn
Guntis Levins, Director Of Information Technology, Latvian Railway

Prof. Dr. Corinna Salander,  Chair for Railway Vehicle Technology, University Of Stuttgart
Rhianne Montgomery, Programme Manager Of Rail Innovation, Innovate UK
Moderator: Paolo Guglielminetti,
Partner & Global railways & roads leader, PWC

13:00 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.
Moderator: Valentina Ion, EMEA Industry Government Director, Microsoft
14:00 Application of BIM on asset management to improve railway safety
Mr Chris HO,
Senior E&M Engineer, EMSD
Mr Peter Chow, 
E&M Engineer, EMSD

Digital twin deployment in railway for predictive maintenance
Diego Galar, Professor, Lulea University of Technology


Catenary and infrastructure assessment with LIDAR solutions
• How to get reliable measurements of catenary /OLE systems for electrified and non-electrified railways
• Scanning and mobile mapping solution for railway: check gauges, electrical clearances, vegetation control
Cesáreo González, Chief Executive Officer, TELICE

14:50 Leveraging data to predict, detect and prevent
• Cross industry collaboration: the importance of sharing data
• Discerning between valuable and non-valuable information: analytics for ensuring effective use of Big Data
Bardo Schettini Gherardini, Manager of Technical Affairs, EIM
15:05  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
15:20  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
Bardo Schettini Gherardini, Senior Advisor, EIM
Mr Chris HO,
Senior E&M Engineer, EMSD
Mr Peter Chow
, E&M Engineer, EMSD
Diego Galar
, Professor, Lulea University of Technology
Cesáreo González, Chief Executive Officer, TELICE
Moderator: Valentina Ion,
 EMEA Industry Government Director, Microsoft

15:50  Networking coffee break


Cyber Security Session
Joseph Mager, Information Security Officer, Nederlandse Spoorwegen
16:35 Cyber Security Session
Steffen Wendzel, Professor Of Information Security, Worms University
16:50 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
Pavel Kriz
, Director General, SZDC

Steffen Wendzel, Professor Of Information Security, Worms University
Moderator: Valentina Ion, 
EMEA Industry Government Director, Microsoft

17:20 Networking drinks reception - Followed by Optional Bavarian F&B Evening

Day 3 - Wednesday 19th June

9:00 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 

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, Director, Nations & Regions, Rail Delivery Group

 9:45 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

Daniel Adamka, Chief Executive Officer, Arriva CZ

10:00 Multimodal door-to-door services will disrupt the market again ... Get ready for the next revolution
Yoav Volloch,
Co-Founder & VP Product Management, AiGENT TECH

From car to carriage: convincing commuters to opt into public transport
• Benefits of Passenger Punctuality as a KPI in comparison to train punctuality and cancellations
• Methodology and underlying data of Passenger Punctuality
• Performance management based on Passenger Punctuality
Mischa Van Der Haar,
Business Analyst, Nederlandse Spoorwegen


Give power back to the passenger
• Using technology to handle the rail passengers rights
• Enabling smart ticketing for smart passengers
• Giving passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) more independence
Chris Derham, Solution Manager Transportation, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

10:45 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?

Daniel Adamka, Chief Executive Officer, Arriva CZ
Robert Nisbet, Director of Nations & Regions, Rail Delivery Group
Mischa Van Der Haar, Business Analyst, Nederlandse Spoorwegen
Moderator: Ian Wright,
Head of Innovation, Transport Focus 

11:15 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

How to provide safe, reliable service that consistently meets customers’ expectations.
• How to improve network reliability and efficiency and ensure worker health and safety in this challenging environment?
• How to do that on a Highly-scalable platform and modular design to ensure that the system can grow with your future
• Usage of modern human machine interface (HMI) enhances operator situational awareness for improved decision support to shorten response time •and with open architecture for interoperability and integration with other IT and OT systems
Mike Görtz, Sales Specialist, ABB Enterprise Solutions

12:30 Networking lunch
13:30 Decarbonising the railway: what are the 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, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane
13:45 Case Study: Lowering Carbon Emissions
Jacob Teter,
Energy Analyst, IEA
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.
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
Moderator: Muhammad Wasay Rashid, European Operations Analyst, Arc Advisory Group

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

 14:30 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
14:45 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

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?
Alessandra Berto, Innovation Program Manager, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane
Jacob Teter,
Energy Analyst, IEA
Liam Henderson,
Founder & Chair, Rail Innovation Group
Peter Van Dijk,
Chief Operating Officer, Translink
Moderator: Muhammad Wasay Rashid, 
European Operations Analyst, Arc Advisory Group

15:30 End of SmartRail