SmartRail Industry Press Releases


Technology driving connected transport network, foundation for smart cities.

BAI Communications, a global leader in communications infrastructure, today published the results of its global survey, ‘The Continuous Connectivity Research Report’ to understand how a digitally connected public transport system can impact citizens lives and expectations around a city.

The research study, which surveyed over 2,500 rail commuters in five global cities, revealed that transport systems already play a vital role in creating smart, world-class cities, with 83% of respondents stating that innovative transport systems are a feature of a smart city and almost half (45%) believe a city can’t be considered world-class unless it has good digital connectivity.

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“Everyday tens of millions of people worldwide use public transport; this critical infrastructure is the backbone of cities and more than ever citizens are expecting digital innovations that improve their commute. Digital connectivity is changing our ideas of what makes a city ‘world class’ and regardless of where they are in the world, people want to live in a city that allows them to work and live better, and technology is emerging as a key enabler to help citizens reach this aspiration,” said James Woodhams, Chief Strategy Officer, BAI Communications.

James Woodhams “The modern commuter isn’t just looking to get from A to B, they are expecting more from transport networks and want technology to enrich their journeys. A smart-city commuter will use digital connectivity to work smarter, live better and reduce stress to create more mindful trips.”

Continuous connectivity on the public transport system can deliver significant gains in productivity and liveability, as city dwellers are able to work more effectively on their commute journeys. Respondents stated that they could use their travel time to complete work so they spent less hours in an office (56%), offer the potential for career improvement (46%) and they would be open to location and housing changes (45%).

“Imagine the commute experience of a citizen choosing to live in the outer suburbs but still working in the city. On any given day, they can stream a video tutorial on the morning commute while downloading a presentation. Then, they can leave the office early to take a conference call on the train so they’re home for dinner, arriving relaxed and happy; this is all made possible with a connected public transport network,” said Mr Woodhams.

“As we look to improve services and create modern, data-driven cities that enrich the lives of citizens, seamless digital connectivity is the foundation needed to achieve this goal.”

Connected transport systems create city-wide networks that enable greater efficiency, safer commuter experiences and broader smart city applications. Commuter expectations of their rail network are increasing, and many of these expectations require continuous connectivity to enable innovative technology solutions. These applications include sensors, Machine2Machine learning, Big Data, cloud computing or other emerging technologies and we are already seeing how this approach can deliver connected, data-driven transport systems to unlock new value for both operators and passengers.

Other notable findings from the study included:

Innovative transport systems are a defining feature of smart, world-class cities

  • 99% of rail users expect public transport to do more than just get them from A to B.
  • 81% of users believe advances in transport-related technology is already increasing their use, or changing the way they use public transport.
  • 83% of rail users think innovative transport systems are features of a smart city.

Commuters require continuous connectivity to realise the benefits of living in a smart city

  • 95% of rail users would be more likely to use rail if it deployed technology-driven solutions.
  • 94% of rail users believe all rail networks should offer digital connectivity.

Continuous connectivity transforms cities, helping citizens to be happier and more productive, and organisations to innovate and prosper

  • 96% of rail users believe transport innovation is an important part of modern cities.
  • 92% of commuters would benefit if they could better enjoy their journey if the rail network of the future evolved.
  • 73% of rail users say their ideal rail journey would encompass logistical improvements.

Mobility Futures Consultant and Transportation Researcher, Adam Cohen believes that urban transportation is on the verge of rapid transformation and the convergence of shared mobility, electrification, and automation will transform how people travel and how cities are built.

Adam Cohen “What is clear is that public transportation, cities, and society are on the cusp of changing rapidly and dramatically as advancements in mobility technology converge in the marketplace,” said Adam.

"Travellers are leveraging mobile devices and data to make real-time choices based on factors such as convenience, connection, cost, travel time, and wait time. They are part of the ’experience economy,’ they don’t need to take public transportation and agencies need to look at technology solutions to make travellers want to. Technology can improve the effectiveness of public transportation by enabling transportation providers to know their riders’ preferences while simultaneously enhancing rider convenience."

For more information and to download the BAI Continuous Connectivity Research whitepaper, click here.


Eurasia Rail: keeping  the pulse of the world's rolling stock industry.

EurasiaRail International Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics Exhibition, Eurasia Rail which hosted 200 companies and 11,949 visitors from 25 countries in the last year, is preparing to host the leading names of the global railway industry in Izmir on April 10-12, 2019.

In Eurasia Rail, which is recognized as “only in the Eurasia Region and one of the world’s 3 largest rolling stock exhibitions”, the conferences that will be held simultaneously with the exhibition and the agenda will cover the latest innovations, developments, technologies, and industry investments.

Along with the important exhibitors from countries such as Germany, France, Czech Republic, China, Italy, and Russia, the leading companies of the industry such as Siemens, Alstom, Huawei, Yapıray, Ministry of Transport, Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and its affiliates, Bozankaya, Bombardier, Knorr Bremse, Metro İstanbul, Metro Izmir, Caf, Kardemir, Aselsan, and Yapı Merkezi will attend the Eurasia Rail.

8th Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics Exhibition which will be organized by EUF - E Uluslararası Fuarcılık, one of the group companies of ITE, the organizer of premier exhibition organizations in leading industries of Turkey, will be held for the 8th time on April 10-12, 2019 in İzmir, Gaziemir.

The exhibition which will be organized on an area of nearly 14 thousand m2 is also supported by T.R. Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Turkish State Railways, TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş., The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), T. R. Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization (KOSGEB), and T.R. Ministry of Commerce . The conference partner of the organization is SmartRail World , a media and events company specialized in rolling stock and subway network technologies and operating under Railway Gazette Media Group ; and the Scientific Consultant of the conference is a faculty member of İstanbul Commerce University Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ilıcalı .

While contributing to the creation of new business and cooperation opportunities for the industry and attracting great attention from the domestic and foreign industry professionals, Eurasia Rail will also bring the latest innovations, developments, technologies, and industry investments to the agenda in the conferences which will be held simultaneously with the exhibition.

During the three-day exhibition programme, in the events which will take place simultaneously with the exhibition; the conferences, roundtable meetings, and workshops will discuss the technological developments and procurement and operational issues in the rolling stock industry. In the events which will include the expert reviews, case studies, and recent developments in the industry will bring together the experts specialized in their profession and have a strong position within the industry.

In order to help you create your road map, stay ahead of your competitors, increase your sales, and maximize customer satisfaction, the agenda of the Eurasia Rail conference programme include:

• Infrastructure
• Signaling and Telecom
• Railway vehicles and train operations
• Cybersecurity
• Data management
• Passenger experience
• Headlines concerning the industrial collaborations

The speakers include Economic Advisor and Secretary General of TİM Prof. Dr. Kerem Alkin, Director General and Chairman of Türkiye Vagon Sanayi A.Ş. Prof. Dr. İlhan Kocaarslan, General Coordinator of Bahçeşehir University Private Security and Protection Program and Chairman of CGS Osman Öztürk, Head of Transportation Engineering in Yalova University Prof. Dr. Rafet Bozdoğan, Chairman of TESİD (Turkish Electronic Industry Association), Chairman of Savronik Group Companies, Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Istanbul University Prof. Dr. Sıddık Yarman, and Faculty Member in İstanbul Commerce University Prof. Dr. Tuncer Toprak.

The Eurasia Rail Conference programme will also give you the opportunity to examine the new products and systems in the industry in detail and will bring up the national and international transportation projects and design, data usage, collaboration management, challenges of the business, and lessons learned to the agenda.

Eurasia Rail: only in the Eurasia Region and one of the world’s 3 largest Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics exhibition...

ITE Turkey Transport & Logistics Group Director Semi Benbanaste: “Rail systems all over the world are gaining more and more importance as they represent fast, economical, environmentally friendly, safe, and modern systems. While the countries, the European countries, in particular, continue their investments in order to increase modernization and carrying capacity of the railways, there are significant targets and investments following the same direction in our country. Within this framework, an ambitious target aiming to increase the railway network in our country to 25 thousand kilometers has been set. High-speed rail investments are of particular importance in achieving this goal and we aim to connect 42 cities where 77% of the country's population live using high-speed rail network by 2023. According to the plan, 3 thousand 500 kilometers of this network will be dedicated to the speed railway lines while 8 thousand 500 kilometers will be high-speed railway lines. In addition to that, we are planning to reach a total of 25,000 km railway length in 2023 by building 13,000 km of new railways and 1,000 km conventional railways. On the other hand, there are also targets of renewing 4,400 km of railway, completing the renewal of all lines, increasing the railway conveyance rate to 10% for passengers and 15% for freight. We aim to support the sector in reaching these valuable targets with Eurasia Rail, in which we have brought together the leading sector representatives of the world since 2011.”

Pointing out that Eurasia Rail is the only railway exhibition in the Eurasia region and the third largest railway exhibitions in the world, Benbanaste gave information about the exhibition to be held in April. Benbanaste stated that: “Eurasia Rail, which helps professional visitors to meet the top producers of the industry and gives them the chance to closely follow the innovations, is preparing to become a very productive platform for the railway industry as it does every year. There will be important participants from countries such as Germany, France, Czech Republic, China, Italy, and Russia. In fact, France Office of the Commercial Counsellor has announced that it will support only Eurasia Rail in Turkey in 2019, which is a very important decision. In addition to these important developments, leading companies of the industry such as Siemens, Alstom, Yapıray, Ministry of Transport, Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and its subsidiaries, Bozankaya, Bombardier, Knorr Bremse, Metro Istanbul, Metro Izmir, Caf, Kardemir, and Aselsan have approved their participation in the exhibition. While it is planned that the bilateral negotiations to be held in Eurasia Rail, which will be organized for the 8th time in Izmir on April 10-12, 2019, will make a major contribution to the railway industry and national economy, we will also discuss the latest innovations and technologies within the industry in our comprehensive events program.”

Durmazlar Makina San. Ve Tic. A.Ş. Rail Systems Sales & Business Development Specialist Ö. Efe Önder, with regards to the exhibition, stated that “Our first goal in attending the exhibition in 2019 is to represent Turkey. Presence of a Rail Systems exhibition in Turkey naturally increases our motivation. It is a fact that there is a need for more suppliers and Turkey may go further in this market. We need to work hard and think long term. There is a huge market across the world and we are included in this market. We are starting to produce Tram vehicles for Poland. We continue our efforts to move this forward all over the world.”

The exhibition will host hosted buyers from the target markets...
"Eurasia Rail Hosted Buyers Programme," which will be held in order to create buying, business development, new business, and cooperation opportunities for the industry representatives, will be organized by ITE Turkey and T.R. Ministry of Trade. This year, Eurasia Rail 2019 will host domestic and foreign professional buyers from Qatar, Germany, Algeria, Czech Republic, China, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy along with Turkey.

Eurasia Rail is taking place on 10th-12th April, 2019, in Izmir, Turkey.


Eurasia Rail: bringing together the international railway industry.

EurasiaRail Eurasia Rail International Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics Exhibition, which hosted 200 companies and 11,949 visitors from 25 countries in the last year, is preparing to host the leading names of the global railway industry in Izmir on April 10-12, 2019.

In Eurasia Rail, which is recognized as “only in the Eurasia Region and one of the world’s 3 largest rolling stock exhibitions”, the conferences will be held simultaneously with the exhibition and the agenda will include the latest innovations, developments, technologies, and industry investments.

Along with the important participants from countries such as Germany, France, Czech Republic, China, Italy, and Russia, the leading companies of the industry such as Siemens, Alstom, Skoda, Huawei, Yapıray, Ministry of Transport, TCDD and its affiliates, Bozankaya, Bombardier, Knorr Bremse, Metro İstanbul, Metro Izmir, Caf, Kardemir, Aselsan, and Yapı Merkezi will attend the Eurasia Rail.

Organized by EUF - E Uluslararası Fuarcılık, one of the group companies of ITE, the organizer of premier exhibitions in leading industries of Turkey, Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics Exhibition will be held for the 8th time on April 10-12, 2019 in İzmir, Gaziemir.

The exhibition which will be held in an area of nearly 14 thousand m2 is also supported by  T. R. Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure,  State Railways of the Republic of Turkey , The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization (KOSGEB) , and T.R. Ministry of Commerce . Also, Eurasia Rail's conference partner is events and media business company SmartRail World , operating within the Railway Gazette Media Group, specializing in railway and metro network technologies.

While contributing to the creation of new business and cooperation opportunities for the industry, Eurasia Rail, which attracts great attention from the domestic and foreign industry professionals, will also bring the latest innovations, developments, technologies, and industry investments to the agenda in the conferences which will be held simultaneously with the exhibition.

During the three-day events program which will take place simultaneously with the exhibition, the technological developments in the rolling stock industry and procurement and operational issues will be discussed in the conferences, roundtable meetings, and workshops.  The events which will include the expert reviews, case studies, and recent developments in the industry will bring together the experts specialized in their profession and have a strong position within the industry.

In order to help you create your roadmap, stay ahead of your competitors, increase your sales, and maximize customer satisfaction, the agenda of the Eurasia Rail conference program covers:

  • Infrastructure
  • Signaling ve Telecom
  • Railway vehicles and train operations
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data management
  • Passenger experience
  • Headlines concerning the industrial collaborations

The Eurasia Rail Conference program  will give you the opportunity to examine the new products and systems in the industry in detail and will bring up the national and international transportation projects, design, data usage, collaboration management, challenges of the business, and lessons learned to the agenda.

Eurasia Rail: only in the Eurasia Region and one of the world’s 3 largest Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics exhibition...

ITE Turkey Transport & Logistics Group Director Semi Benbanaste: “Thanks to their fast, economical, environment-friendly, safe and modern nature, rail systems become more and more important throughout the world. While the investments of especially European countries continue in order to increase modernization and transport capacity of railways, our country also set great targets and investment plans in this direction. Within this scope, Turkey has set the goal to reach 25,000 km of total railway length. High-speed train investments have great importance in achieving this goal and we are aiming to connect 42 cities, where 77 percent of the country's population lives, with high-speed railways until 2023. We are planning to build 3,500 km of hyper-speed railways, 8,500 km high-speed railways. In addition to that, we are planning to reach a total of 25,000 km railway length in 2023 by building 13,000 km of new railways including 1,000 km conventional railways. On the other hand, there are also targets of renewing 4,400 km of railway, completing the renewal of all lines, increasing the railway conveyance rate to 10% for passengers and 15% for freight. We aim to support the industry in reaching these valuable targets with Eurasia Rail, in which we have brought together the leading industry representatives of the world since 2011.”

Pointing out that Eurasia Rail is the only railway exhibition in the Eurasia region and one of the three biggest railway exhibitions in the world, Benbanaste gave information about the exhibition to be held in April.  Benbanaste said: “Eurasia Rail, which helps professional visitors to meet the top producers of the industry and gives them the chance to closely follow innovations, is preparing to become a highly productive platform for railway industry as it does every year. There will be important participants from countries such as Germany, France, Czech Republic, China, Italy, and Russia. In fact, France Office of the Commercial Counsellor has announced that it will support only Eurasia Rail in Turkey in 2019, which is a very important decision. In addition to these important developments, leading companies such as Siemens, Alstom, Yapıray, Ministry of Transport, State Railways of the Republic of Turkey (TCDD) and its subsidiaries, Bozankaya, Bombardier, Knorr Bremse, Metro Istanbul, Metro Izmir, Caf, Kardemir and Aselsan have approved their participation. While it is planned that the bilateral negotiations to be held within Eurasia Rail organized for the 8th time in Izmir on 10-12 April 2019 will make a major contribution to the railway industry and national economy, we will also talk about the latest innovations and technologies in the industry with our comprehensive events program.”

The exhibition will host hosted buyers from target markets...

"Eurasia Rail Hosted Buyers Program," which will be held in order to create buying, business development, new business, and cooperation opportunities to the industry representatives, will be organized by ITE Turkey and T.R. Ministry of Trade. This year, Eurasia Rail 2009 will host national and international professional buyers from Qatar, Algeria, Czech Republic, China, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy along with Turkey.

About ITE Turkey
ITE Turkey is the Turkish branch of the ITE Group, the international exhibition company that organizes 150 exhibitions and conferences worldwide with 32 offices in 20 countries and a staff comprising of over 1,000 experienced employees. Organizing leading exhibitions for the leading industries of Turkey, ITE Turkey consists of the companies YEM Fuarcılık, EUF - E Uluslararası Fuar Tanıtım Hizmetleri  and  Platform Uluslararası Fuarcılık .

Organizing the leading exhibitions of Turkey in industries such as construction, tourism, cosmetics, foods, railway systems, and logistics ; ITE Turkey draws its strength from the global network of the ITE Group as well as its experience in Turkey and the region. By sharing its strong global network in the exhibition industry with other industries it operates in, ITE Turkey creates new opportunities for business, collaboration, and purchasing and makes contributions to the development of the industry. www.ite-turkey.com

About EUF – E Uluslararası Fuar Tanıtım Hizmetleri

Operating under the umbrella of ITE Turkey, EUF - E Uluslararası Fuar Tanıtım Hizmetleri A.Ş. has been organizing exhibitions since 1999 in sectors such as energy, construction equipment, food, furniture, stationery, promotion, water and wastewater treatment, tourism, rail systems, and logistics. With the help of the global information network and the experience of ITE Group as well as global collaborations, EUF A.Ş. carries out the EMITT (East Mediterranean International Tourism & Travel Exhibition), EURASIA RAIL (International Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics Exhibition), and WORLDFOOD ISTANBUL (International Food Products & Processing Technologies Exhibition).

For detailed information:
Bersay Communications Consultancy

Ayben Cumalı / +90 554 844 68 05 / ayben.cumali@bersay.com.tr

Erdi Gürel/ +90 535 508 23 65 / erdi.gurel@bersay.com.tr


Stadler and Merseytravel break ground on early milestone to deliver transformative new metro fleet for Liverpool City Region

Stadler Kirkdale Depot Site image 1 This morning, in partnership with Merseytravel and the Liverpool City Region, Stadler welcomed Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, to officially ‘break ground’ on the construction of a new £20 million state-of-the-art railway depot at Kirkdale, Merseyside.

This is the latest major step in a £460 million project to deliver 52 new metro trains for the Merseyrail network. It builds on previous milestones, including the agreement for Stadler to take over the operation of Merseyrail’s existing depots.

With construction being carried out by BAM Nuttall, the Kirkdale depot has been designed to drive the most efficient use of the new fleet by minimising the movement of stock within the facility. It will feature washing and stabling facilities, a maintenance shed with run-through tracks, office space, and a simulator suite. The design includes potential for the depot to be extended for 80-metre long trainsets.

The depot works are due to be completed in 2019, in time for the arrival of new vehicles for testing. The new fleet will be fully in service by 2021.

As Jürg Gygax, Stadler’s Executive Vice President responsible for the Service Division explains, the breaking ground ceremony celebrates not only the forthcoming transformation of metro travel in the Liverpool City Region, but also Stadler’s commitment to Liverpool, the North West and the wider United Kingdom:

“It’s just over one year since we signed the contracts with Merseyrail and Merseytravel to deliver and maintain a new fleet of trains for the Liverpool City Region; we are now delighted to be marking the start of work on Stadler’s first new piece of physical infrastructure in the UK. Not only will it be vital to keep Liverpool’s new fleet running efficiently and delivering the best possible experience to passengers, it also symbolizes Stadler’s wider commitment to the city region.

“By making Liverpool our home in the United Kingdom, Stadler is committed to investing in our presence in Kirkdale to help us secure more contracts around the country.”

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, said: “It’s great to see work progressing on the depot. New trains for our region will better connect 1.5 million people to training and apprenticeships, work and leisure. They’ll also boost the economy by £70m a year and create around 1,000 new jobs so this work is vital is to the success of the project.”

Liverpool City Region Transport Portfolio Holder, Liam Robinson, said: “I’m really pleased to be here today to mark the beginning of the depot works.  Lots of preparation is going on behind the scenes within Merseytravel and Merseyrail to get ready for the brand new fleet and the Kirkdale depot is one of the first, tangible things passengers will see happening over the coming months.

“2020 may seem like a long time away however, this time next year the first train will arrive in the UK for testing and the year after we will be getting ready to welcome safer, faster and more comfortable trains to our Merseyrail network. So today’s event really brings the project to life and I look forward to seeing it develop.”


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Passengers on Utah’s FrontRunner Trains Enjoy High Bandwidth Wi-Fi with RADWIN’s Train-to-Ground Solution

RADWIN, the leading provider of train-to-ground wireless communications solutions, today announced that the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has approved the system acceptance testing for FrontRunner commuter train Wi-Fi systems delivered by RADWIN. The project was implemented by contract Systems Integrator, The GBS Group of Virginia Beach, VA. UTA and GBS chose RADWIN’s FiberinMotion® Train-to-Ground solution to deliver free high-speed Wi-Fi to passengers onboard its FrontRunner trains.

UTA’s FrontRunner runs along an 89-mile corridor and serves Weber, Davis, Utah, and Salt Lake Counties; RADWIN’s track side radios were deployed approximately 2 miles/ 3.2 Km apart along 30 miles/48 Km of the corridor North of Salt Lake City. FiberinMotion® was chosen to replace a low-throughput, legacy radio system and was integrated by the GBS Group - RADWIN’s partner and system integrator - in conjunction with a cellular based solution from 21Net.

“New high-speed Wi-Fi train to ground communications has proven to be very successful in our north corridor,” said UTA Manager of Communications and Deployment Kyle Brimley. “With the use of smart phones and tablets onboard our trains growing at an exponential rate, it was decided to upgrade our wireless infrastructure with RADWIN’s FiberinMotion® to provide our passengers with an increased travel experience and enable an improved broadband service. The bandwidth in the area covered by RADWIN systems delivers from 3 to 10 times the broadband that we can achieve with cellular.”

“We are proud to have been chosen by the GBS Group and their client the Utah Transit Authority for this prestigious Wi-Fi on trains project”, said Vice President and Head of Strategic Industries at RADWIN, Nir Hayzler. “Time and again it’s been proven that in order to meet passengers’ Wi‐Fi demands, train operators cannot solely rely on commercial cellular networks. To provide true high capacity and consistent Wi-Fi connectivity to passengers, operators require a dedicated trackside network. By implementing the FiberinMotion® train-to-ground solution, UTA is delivering Wi-Fi onboard its trains with utmost speed, quality and reliability.”