"Being recognised for the innovative work we are doing to help improve the passenger experience and bring innovation, data insight and cost savings to transport providers is something we are very proud of."
The votes have all been counted and the winners of the second annual SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards 2017 have been announced. After a three month process this continent-wide search for the most innovative products, projects, solutions and apps for rail and metro in Europe, we finally have our winners, both of whom received their awards at this week’s SmartRail Europe in Amsterdam. So are our winners? Runners up and highly commended?
The winner of the Public Transport App of the Year 2017 was Masabi’s JustRide app, which signals the end of ticket lines, lost tickets and fumbling for cash by allowing passengers to quickly and securely buy and display tickets on their mobile phones.
Speaking on the announcement of their win James A. Gooch, Head of Marketing at Masabi (pictured left with SmartRail World Editor Luke Upton): “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to be awarded by such an esteemed panel of judges, at one of the transport industries most prestigious awards. Being recognised for the innovative work we are doing to help improve the passenger experience and bring innovation, data insight and cost savings to transport providers is something we are very proud of. Masabi’s JustRide mobile ticketing platform has defined the standard in mobile ticketing deployments, delighting passengers and transport providers alike and the list of cities and transport networks around the world where the JustRide mobile ticketing solution is being deployed continues to grow.”
Operational Performance Innovation of the year 2017 was secured by AMA Xpert Eye for their Smart-glasses for rail workers (pictured at the top of the page is Maria Suchkova receiving the award) . On winning the award AMA Europe Director, Thomas Waendendries; “Everyone at AMA is overwhelmed on receiving the Smart Rail Europe Awards in the Operational Performance Innovation of the year category. It is for us a true achievement and a tremendous recognition of our work and product: Xpert Eye, a videoconferencing solution for smart glasses. With this award, we intend to develop our activities in the rail industry and continue improving maintenance effectiveness.”
Passenger Innovation of the Year 2017 was won by RADWIN for their Next Generation Train-to-Ground Solution which delivers capacity of 500 Mbps user throughput to trains, - unparalleled in the industry.
On their triumph; Nir Hayzler, VP Strategic Industries at RADWIN (pictured left) receiving the trophy stated; “RADWIN is excited to be the winner of Passenger Innovation of the Year award at Smartrail 2017 with its FiberinMotion Train-to-Ground solution. The ability to provide 500Mbps for trains on the move opens a new world of possibilities to the operators, with the potential to enhance passenger satisfaction, differentiate from their competition and even generate new sources of revenues. The Wi-Fi network deployed by MaximaTelecom and RADWIN in Moscow Metro, has set a new industry standard for public transportation Wi-Fi service, winning multiple awards globally.”
Our final category, Project of the Year 2017, was won by Network Rail for their Trainborne Data Capture Supporting Automated Signal Sighting.
David Shipman, Innovations Engineering Manager, Signalling Innovations Group, Network Rail Infrastructure Projects (pictured right): “On winning the award; “It’s an honour to receive this award on behalf of all the team involved in developing the tools and processes that contribute to our surveying and sighting process. These tools are providing real value to our resignalling projects, but also offer benefits across all disciplines and for the digital rail future, and far from being a final outcome, they form the basis for further exciting opportunities. Brought together in this way a number of innovative developments provide a service that achieves a tangible reduction in the costs and timescales of upgrading the railway, and makes an essential contribution to our overriding safety aim of getting everyone home safe every day.”
Runner Up was Arriva UK Trains and Chiltern Railways with their Continuously Connected Customer WI-FI with the Firstco Stansted Airport London Track Transit System (TTS) Upgrade being voted Highly Commended.
Thanks to all our entrants.
- Ian Wright, Head of Insight, Transport Focus
- Armand Toubol, Vice President, New Opera
- Prof. Dr. Raphael Pfaff, Chair of Rail Engineering, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
- Rafael Cuesta, Head of Innovation, Transport for Greater Manchester
- Nina Gaubert, Rail Digital Services, Telecoms, Tech & Data, Department for Transport UK
- Oliver Drewes, Director European Union Liaison Office, Nederlandse Spoorwegen NS (Dutch Railways)
"Smart Rail Europe Innovation Awards winners 2017 show convincingly how the rail sector can lead in service to passengers and in operational performance" – Oliver Drewes told SmartRail World on completing the voting with Rafael Cuesta adding; “I was very impressed with the breadth of innovation in European rail and Metro, focusing on what matters for the customer and advancing the industry into the future with some fabulous projects.”
Chair of the judges, Luke Upton, Editor of SmartRail World added; “The competition was very close once again, and it has been fantastic to see such a variety of entries from across the continent. The rail and metro industry is now very much open for business, and entries from large multinationals to start-ups further highlight this.”
The winners received their trophies at a ceremony at the end of the first day of SmartRail Europe, Wednesday 5th April in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For more on Day One of SmartRail Europe click here.