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10 speaker insights from Day One of SmartRail Europe

Posted by SmartRail World Staff on Feb 24, 2014

_62A0511(1)Over 1000 industry professionals have gathered in Amsterdam this week to attend the SmartRail Europe Congress & Expo. Delegates have journeyed from Europe, Asia, Australasia, Asia, North America and the Middle East to engage with the most innovative trends, developments and innovations. Two and a half days of fantastic speaker led sessions will be rounded off with an exclusive site visit to Rotterdam Station offering a valuable insight into the working of one of Europe’s key developments.

SmartRail World, reporting from Amsterdam, picks out ten of the speaker highlights from Day One:

"The railway of the future will need to provide efficient and competitive solutions to both societal and individual mobility needs."

Libor Lochman, Executive Director, CER

"It’s more and more important to be able to justify the governmental spending of Euros within the rail industry."

Monika Heiming, Executive Director, EIM Rail

“Passengers are technology-savvy and expect to have personalised solutions at their fingertips in a few clicks."

Libor Lochman, Executive Director, CER

“In campaigning for a rail innovation four key things to consider; be realistic, be patient - it won't happen tomorrow, be prepared to do some research and aim for consensus.”

Trevor Garrod, Chairman, European Passenger Federation

“There’s growing recognition that providing a service that is easy to use is a key indicator of customer loyalty. It's about putting the customer in control and not the industry.”

Ian Wright, Head of Research, Passenger Focus

SME_exhib_floor“Because of the connection that some of the passengers have with rail companies they feel almost like shareholders!”

Steven Barney, Telefonica


“Commercialising the network makes it better and safer."

Clayton Nash, Head of Telecom Product, Network Rail

"I still think that Virgin is one of the few rail companies that sells on experience and not just price.”

Paul Priestman, Designer, Director, Priestmangoode

“Good standard = driving innovation

Bad Standard = blocking innovations”

Baseliyos Jacob, Technology Specialist, DB Netz AG

“A Trans-European Network calls for seamless enabling solutions across borders.”

Rob Postema, Feasibility Manager, Integrated Telecommunications Applications, ESA (The European Space Agency).

You can still claim **FREE VISITOR PASSES to Day 2 of SmartRail Expo** – to learn and develop at over 35 expert-led SmartRail Innovation Seminars and to visit the Expo featuring the the biggest names with the latest technologies and solutions in the industry by clicking here.

Topics: CER, Features, Interviews, Network Rail, SmartRail Europe, IT and WiFi, News, Telecommunications, Fare Collection, EIM, Passenger Information Systems, Paul Priestman, ESA, Signalling

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