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Shortlist Announced: SmartRail World Innovation Awards 2018 .

Posted by Luke Upton on Apr 5, 2018

Shortlist Announced"In a world where digitalisation is progressing extremely rapidly, efficient solutions for an increase in safety, reliability and competitiveness are of utmost importance..."

Our panel of global industry experts have returned their votes and we are now able to announce the names of the companies shortlisted for our SmartRail World Innovation Awards 2018. They were very impressed by the quality, variety, results and of course innovation on show, and when the scores were added it was very close. So congratulations to those that have made our final three, in each category, the winners will be announced on Tuesday 17th April at SmartRail 2018 in Amsterdam. So who is in the running for our awards?

The Categories

Operational Performance Innovation of the Year. Have you got a technology that is improving the operational performance of a rail network? Perhaps it’s a tool for predictive maintenance or condition based monitoring. An improved piece of signalling and train control technology. Or a next generation communication network. Maybe it’s a new way of capturing or analysing key data. If your product improves the efficiency and management of a rail or metro network, we want to hear from you.

Shortlist (Alphabetical Order)

  • Galgus – Distributed, self-optimized, multiplatform, cognitive software for maximizing the performance and operation of onboard Wi-Fi networks.
  • SKF – SKF Insight Rail
  • Yandex - A system for railway point machine fault detection 

Passenger Innovation of the Year. The demands of the passenger are changing, and keeping pace with the change is a challenge for rail and metro operators. But with challenge comes great opportunity from smart ticketing to on-board Wi-Fi and entertainment through to station innovations and overall passenger experience.

Shortlist (Alphabetical Order)

  • Go-Ahead - Automatic Delay Repay Notification
  • Intersection – IxNConnect
  • Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) – Planner App

Project of the Year. Recognizes new developments and ways of thinking in improving and increasing efficiency in rail and metro project delivery and management. With a particular focus on projects that have helped deliver a safer, more reliable network, increased capacity, boosted ridership or improved passenger experience.

Shortlist (Alphabetical Order)

  • Infrabel - Smart Railway Project
  • Nederlandse Spoorwegen – 10 Minute Intercity frequency between Amsterdam and Eindhoven.
  • Tenerife Metro – SIMOVE

SmartRail World Story of the Year 2018. Our online vote for you, our community.

Shortlist (Alphabetical Order)

  • London Bridge station a "shining example" as it fully reopens after £1 billion refit.
  • Plan your next Easter break with Eurostar on the new London-Amsterdam line!
  • The digital railway gathers pace as SNCF enlist IBM's Watson supercomputer.


Our independent panel of experts: 

  • Piia Karjalainen, Senior Manager, MaaS Alliance
  • Freek Bos, Board Member, European Passengers’ Federation
  • Armand Toubol, Vice President, New Opera
  • Ben Craze, CEO & Co-Founder, Infinitive Group - Managing Director, Infinitive Engineering & Technology
  • Valentina Ion, Director Government Industry EMEA - Microsoft at Microsoft Corporation

One of our judging panel, Armand Toubol, Vice President, New Opera, commented on the process; “In each category all the projects submitted were very interesting, making the choice very difficult. In a world where digitalisation is progressing extremely rapidly, efficient solutions for an increase in safety, reliability and competitiveness are of utmost importance. In the passenger field facilitating the customer travel in whatever situation is a great factor of attractiveness. And in large projects the new possibilities offered by digitalisation to improve infrastructure and train management will be of great importance in the near future.”

Awards convener, Luke Upton, Editor of SmartRail World added; “It has once again been a pleasure to see the variety, energy and innovation displayed in our entries. We make a point of encouraging companies of all sizes to submit their innovations, and we’ve certainly see that this year. The voting was very close, with only a few points separating each entry. I'd like to thank all our entries and for our esteemed panel of judges for the time and energy. I’m looking forward to announcing the winner later this month at SmartRail in Amsterdam.”

SmartRail (Amsterdam 17th-19th April 2018) 

Dedicated to creating the digital railways of the future we bring together leading experts to discuss the challenges faced by the industry and the solutions. 2018 Speakers include: 

  • Gianluigi Castelli, Chief Information Officer, Ferrovie dello Stato Itailane
  • Tjalling Smit, Chief Commercial Officer, Nederlandse Spoorwegen
  • Ezequiel Lemos, President, Trenes Argentinos Cargas
  • Dr Bashar Al Malek, Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Railway Company
  • Lies Alderlieste-de Wit, Chief Information Security Officer, Nederlandse Spoorwegen
  • And many, many more... 

SmartRail Europe 2018

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Luke Upton

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