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Top 10 Takeaways from SmartRail 2019 - Day One

Posted by SmartRail World Staff on Jun 17, 2019

SmartRail Munich 2019 Day One

Jo De Bosschere, Infrabel

“Equipping ETCS level one lines also means equipping the stations. We already have 24% of our network equipped, and by implementing TBL1 alongside ETCS we reduced incidents risks by 75%. By 2025 the network will be completely equipped with ETCS, by 2040 we go to ETCS level 3”

ERTMS post deployment: What are the capabilities

“To justify digitisation projects you first need to split them into three categories: projects you have to do anyway (compliance), projects to improve efficiency, and a project to introduce a new business model” – Roman Kotiers, CFO, Rail Cargo Hungaria

“Dedicate budget to innovation, absolutely. The clear benefits can be difficult to show up front but they are to increased efficiency or to monetize. You can also outsource the business case to the providers to help you win the board over.” – Valentina Ion, Microsoft

Has the time come to have a Chief Digital Officer?

“Digital is not just about IT projects; it’s about all projects, and organisations need a complete culture change” – Roman Kotiers, Rail Cargo Hungaria

“As a digital company, I can see that rail operators have loads of data, and data will be monetised – so it is better to be monetised by you.” – Valentina Ion, Microsoft

“Digital transformation is a journey and won’t happen tomorrow. We had to transform ourselves a few years ago due to a change of CEO, and it was difficult. But if we hadn’t done it, then I wouldn’t be up here on this stage!” – Valentina Ion, Microsoft

Breaking down the barriers to implementing ERTMS

“Finding the capital for a new system is not always easy as a small operator so the prime business driver for us is obsolesce. Signalling upgrades are eye wateringly expensive, so HS1 needs to make a clear case for change.” – Richard Thorp, HS1

“We signed a collaboration agreement with SNCF and Infrabel this was key to unlock efficiencies and there are 6 key areas where we can work together: interface project management, engineering development, communications, demand forecasting, procurement and funding.” - Richard Thorp, HS1

Achieving cross border interoperability – Carlo Borghini, Shift2Rail

“There are three objectives to Shift2Rail: half life cycle costs of investment, double the capacity and increase the reliability by 50%”

How will Brexit affect interoperability - RIchard Thorp, HS1

“We need to get to the point where we are not developing standards but we are implementing them. We need to look into adopting easy standards from other industries we can use. We see ourselves as an European railway, so it is important for us to keep TSI compliant as that is important for international growth.” – Richard Thorp


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