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SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards 2016

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The votes have all been counted and the winners of the inaugural SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards 2016 have been announced. After a three month process this continent-wide search for the most innovative new products and solutions 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.

The winner of the Product of the Year was Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and Abellio – with their world first - ‘video ticket office’ NextAgent™ at Stansted Airport in the United Kingdom.

Speaking on the announcement of their win Roger Crow, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) Europe: “We are thrilled to receive this recognition in partnership with Abellio, with whom we are working side-by-side to trial what they consider an efficient and qualified solution for assisting their passengers arriving at Stansted, en-route from plane to train and their final destination. This demonstrates our goal of understanding customer requirements and delivering a technology solution that meets our customer’s need for enhancing their travelers’ experience.”

Runner up was Virgin Trains - Automatic Delay Repay (ADR) with EAMS Group’s Metro Mobile App for Signals Maintenance at London Underground being voted Highly Commended.

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Project of the Year 2016 was secured by Virgin Trains for their new customer information screens at Euston Station in London.

Paul Corney, Customer Experience Manager London Euston, Virgin Trains on winning the Award; “At Virgin Trains we’re always striving for innovative ways to improve our customer experience still further. At London Euston, there is sometimes a huge rush of passengers when the platform for a particular train is announced. Traditional crowd management wouldn’t work so we looked at developing a new solution. This involved modifying and enhancing the departure boards and using SMS messaging to break the flow of passengers into smaller groups. This approach has hugely improved the customer experience when boarding at Euston and we’re delighted to have been recognised by Smart Rail Europe.”

Runner up was NedTrain with their HealthMeter project with and voted as Highly Commended was Trafikverket 's (UPPSAMT)  “Connected2Rail” project.

One of the judging panel Oliver Drewes, Director European Union Liaison Office at Dutch National Rail Operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) commented on the Awards; "Only through smart innovation, such as provided by the Smart Rail Europe Innovation award winning participants, the rail sector can reinvent itself time and again and remain fit for its ultimate purpose: moving people and goods timely, sustainably and efficiently around in an ever more interconnected world." 

Chair of the judges, Luke Upton, Editor of SmartRail World added; “It’s been fantastic to see such a variety of entries this year, from large scale global projects, to small focussed products aiming to improve a single aspect of a passenger’s journey. The rail industry used to be considered a conservative one, and the award winners really underline that this is no longer the case.”

The winners will receive their trophies at a ceremony at the end of the first day of SmartRail Europe, Tuesday 19th April in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. And they had an extra reason to celebrate as they also received a bottle of Beinn Dubh whisky courtesty of our friends at the Speyside Distillery in Scotland.

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Award Details

Product Innovation of the Year – identifies the best and most innovative products in the rail and metro industry. Hardware or software, it can be a new product, an update of an existing solution or an improved way of utilising current technology that will improve our industry. The focus can be large or small but the product and the improvement it makes is the important factor.

Product of the Year 2016.

  • Winner - Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) & Abellio - A world first - ‘video ticket office’ NextAgent™ at Stansted Airport.
  • Runner Up - Virgin Trains - Automatic Delay Repay (ADR).
  • Highly Commended - EAMS Group - Metro Mobile App for Signals Maintenance at London Underground.

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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 transit network, increased capacity, boosted ridership or improved passenger experience.

Project of the Year 2016

  • Winner - Virgin Trains - New customer information screens for Euston Station.
  • Runner UpNedTrain - The HealthMeter project. 
  • Highly CommendedTrafikverket (UPPSAMT) - “Connected2Rail” project.

Judging Panel: Oliver Drewes, (Director European Union Liaison Office, NS), Ernst Kleine (EUG Lead Engineer, ERTMS User Group), David Clarke (Technical Director, Railway Industry Association), Jim Baker, (CEO, Xentrans), Cormac Rabbitt (Managing Director, Metro Dublin) and Luke Upton (Editor, SmartRail World)

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“So what is innovation?

Those other dots.
The ones others miss.
And having the certainty to know that the dots you see are not only valid but necessary if the world is to move forward.”
-    David Brier 

Shortlist confirmed for SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards 2016

31st March 2016 

The SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards 2016, a continent-wide search for the best new product and project has announced its shortlist following an extensive judging process from a panel representing a cross-section of the European rail industry. The Awards have two categories focussing on products and projects and winners will be announced on Tuesday 19th April at SmartRail Europe in Amsterdam. 

Product Innovation of the Year – identifies the best and most innovative products in the rail and metro industry. Hardware or software, it can be a new product, an update of an existing solution or an improved way of utilising current technology that will improve our industry. The focus can be large or small but the product and the improvement it makes is the important factor.

Product Innovation of the Year Shortlist:

Cubic & Abellio - A world first - ‘video ticket office’ NextAgent™ at Stansted Airport.

EAMS Group - Metro Mobile App for Signals Maintenance at London Underground.

Virgin Trains - Automatic Delay Repay (ADR).

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 transit network, increased capacity, boosted ridership or improved passenger experience.

Project of the Year Shortlist:

Appear Networks - “UPPSAMT”, or simply “Connected2Rail”.

NedTrain - The HealthMeter project.

Virgin Trains - New customer information screens for Euston Station.

Speaking about the shortlist announcement, one of the judges, Oliver Drewes, Director European Union Liaison Office at Dutch National Rail Operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS): "Only through smart innovation, such as provided by the Smart Rail Europe Innovation award winning participants, the rail sector can reinvent itself time and again and remain fit for its ultimate purpose: moving people and goods timely, sustainably and efficiently around in an ever more interconnected world." 

Chair of the judges, Luke Upton, Editor of SmartRail World added; “It’s been fantastic to see such a variety of entries this year, from large scale global projects, to small focussed products aiming to improve a single aspect of a passenger’s journey. The rail industry used to be considered a conservative one, and the award entries really underline that this is no longer the case.”

Judging Panel: Oliver Drewes, (Director European Union Liaison Office, NS), Ernst Kleine (EUG Lead Engineer, ERTMS User Group), David Clarke (Rail Technology Innovator, RTI), Jim Baker, (CEO, Xentrans), Cormac Rabbitt (Managing Director, Metro Dublin) and Luke Upton (Editor, SmartRail World). 

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Innovation Awards Launch

February 2016. 

Innovation is at the heart of our SmartRail Community from our global event series’ to our web portal, news service and social media. And for us it takes many forms. It doesn’t necessarily have to be ground-breaking or world-changing (though we like those too!) but it does have to be something new, different, better or smarter that will make a positive difference to the transit industry. 

And if you have a something that fits this criteria, we want to hear from you!

We are proud to launch the SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards 2016, a continent-wide search for new products and solutions for rail and metro transport. Enter the Awards if you have a new, innovative product, service or way of working which will improve the rail industry and you want to tell the world about it!

SmartRail Europe 2016

The 2016 Awards.

We have two separate awards. Size isn’t important, you could be a one-person start-up, a railway, metro or a global multi-national. Innovation is the key.

  • Product Innovation of the Year – identifies the best and most innovative products in the rail and metro industry. Hardware or software, it can be a new product, an update of an existing solution or an improved way of utilising current technology that will improve our industry. The focus can be large or small but the product and the improvement it makes is the important factor. Open to entrants from solution providers and individuals.
  • 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 transit network, increased capacity, boosted ridership or improved passenger experience. We welcome entrants from public transport agencies, rail operators as well as solutions providers.

Criteria.

  • The product or project must have been deployed in the past 12 months within a public transport setting.
  • The product or project must be developed in Europe and/or deployed in the European market.
  • Only one entry per company per award.
  • The judges decision is final.

What do I get if I win?

Winning a SmartRail Innovation award will enhance your product or projects reputation and marketability plus deliver a message to the industry that you are a leader in transit innovation. In addition you receive…

  • Media coverage on all SmartRail platforms.
  • Exclusive editorial feature on SmartRail World.
  • Promotion to the SmartRail World community of over 50,000 rail professionals.
  • Presentation of Award at SmartRail Europe 2016 (Amsterdam, Netherlands, 19-20 April)
  • Promotion of winning entry at SmartRail Europe 2016 and opportunity to network with other innovators and showcase your innovation at an attended by 100s of others rail and metro leaders from across Europe and beyond.  
  • Announcement and press release through our external media partners.
  • Right to use the Award in your own promotion and media.

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How does the process work?

  • Send a short abstract about the innovation (500 words maximum) to Luke.Upton@GlobalTransportForum.com feel free to include any relevant supporting images or videos. 
  • All entries will be thoroughly reviewed and a shortlist created. 
  •  Winners will be selected by our international jury of independent industry experts.

Judging Panel

  • Oliver Drewes, Director European Union Liaison Office, NS
  • Ernst Kleine, EUG Lead Engineer, ERTMS User Group
  • David Clarke, Rail Technology Innovator, RTI
  • Jim Baker, CEO, Xentrans
  • Cormac Rabbitt, Managing Director, Metro Dublin
  • Luke Upton, Editor, SmartRail World

Deadlines:

  • All entries must submitted by  Friday March 11th  Friday 18th March. 
  • Winners will be notified Thursday March 24th  Thursday 31st March.

Contact the Awards Chairman: 

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