Among the biggest challenges that the global transport industry faces today, and certainly in the future, is the development of a transport network strategy that can handle the world's growing population. That’s going to be be especially true in cities which, according to figures quoted by Bombardier, will house 70% of the world’s inhabitants by 2050. Clearly, as some of the latest transport networks around the world show, action is being taken to cope, but it's fair to say there is still much work to be done to be properly prepared for the future. It's already an issue for the most densely populated conurbations in the world, but how will further population increases be served when we face the very real prospect of 41 of the world cities earning mega-city status (more than 10 million inhabitants) by 2030? That’s only 12 years away.
The considerations that have to be taken today when instigating such vast networks are many and, with the obvious complexity of integrating with existing networks, collaboration will play a key role. Helping to foster that collaborative effort, SmartRail World will be bringing together some of very companies and operators that will be behind the networks of the future for its annual SmartMetro event, providing a range of talks, roundtables and panel discussions from transport experts across three days.
Taking place between 29th and 31st October 2018 in Paris, the SmartRail World has put together an infographic specifically for the event to help illustrate not just the challenge ahead, but also the opportunities that will come – particularly technologically, with ticketing, communication-based train control and passenger information all standing to benefit.
Supported by France’s state operator, SNCF, and its capital city’s transport operator, RATP, the show will bring together fellow operators including Metro Istanbul, Metro Milanese and the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority to join the conversation and share their expertise. Also, in keeping with the SmartTransit look to the future, there will be representation in Paris from the newer players in the transport industry, Uber and Transport Systems Catapult, both of which will no doubt demonstrate the vital part they can play in the pursuit of a viable Mobility as a Service (MaaS) network.
Proactive maintenance strategies, Internet of Things, CBTC and automation are just a few of the topics that will be covered; to see more details on how to see those themes – and many more – tackled by some of the industry’s leading lights, visit the show website.