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Tracks into the Future: Digital Signalling and Train Control.

+Publication Date: Monday 16th October 2017 + 

Our 25th digital guide, we focus on the technology at the heart of our rail industry – signalling. Since the very first train networks in the 19th century, signalling systems have always aimed to be safe, reliable, easily maintainable and cost effective. Those principles still remain, but now, conventional upgrades often cannot deliver the capacity required to match growing passenger numbers. And this is where digital signalling and train control can be deployed to help maximise capacity by increasing reliability, safety and reducing wait times.

Improving signalling and traffic management systems through digitisation can increase the number of trains that can operate and avoid the costly and disruptive need to build more tracks or purchase additional rolling stock. But it can also offer greater reliability, better connectivity and lower costs rather than just offering more services. These advantages can also be applied to freight as well as passenger and metro rail.

A Practical Guide: asset management for rail and metroExamples of digital signalling and train control already present in the market include ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) ETCS (European Train Control System), ATO (Automatic Train Operation), TMS (Traffic Management Systems) and C-DAS (Connected Driver Advisory Systems).

However, a digital transformation from traditional to digital system is not easy, major disruption will almost certainly have to be endured, and typically on very busy operational lines. Human factors need to be considered, and of course costs assessed and obsolesce countered. And for those of you working with ERTMS, political factors may also need to be overcome. 

To help ensure the industry is able to gain a fuller understanding of the opportunities and challenges of digital signalling and train control our editorial team are already speaking to senior executives at rail and metro operators around the world for insights into their own plans with in this crucial area, and these exclusive features will make up the focus of the guide. But we also have the opportunity to feature a small number of contributions from the commercial innovators providing details of their own solutions, products and analysis to global metro agencies and rail operators.


This guide, the 25th we have published, will be shared with our entire global community, including its 52,000+ members who work for rail companies and metro, rail and transit agencies giving your message a direct link to clients seeking to improve their digital connection with passengers. It will be featured on SmartRail World, the online home of rail and metro innovation for the full duration of 2017. And promoted extensively on our newsletters (sent to 32,000+ readers), across our very popular social media portfolio (19,000+ connections) and shared with our media partners. We guarantee a big readership for your message on this vitally important topic.

Publication dates.

Deadline for Content and Adverts: Friday 7th October 2017

Publication date: Week commencing Monday 16th October 2017  


Guide sponsor - position yourself as the market leader, with editorial article (750-1000 words) delivering thought leadership, full page advert, branding on front page and in Editor’s Welcome, plus receiving the details (including full contact information) of the first 200 (opted-in) downloaders of the guide giving you fantastic and visible return on investment. Editorial article also published on SmartRail World. Discount available on further leads. - 1 Available.

A practical guide - asset management.jpgGuide Partner - with editorial article (750-1000 words), branding and recognition in Editor’s welcome, receiving the details (including full contact information) of the first 150 (opted-in) downloaders. Editorial article also published on SmartRail World.  Discount available on further leads. -  1 Available.

Editorial Contributor (guide + website) - Feature or Headline Interview or Case Study (750-1000 words) in the digital guide and also published on SmartRail World. - 3 Available

Advertising partner – an interactive advert with clickable links, so readers can connect straight to your website Full Page - 2 available. Half Page - 4 available.

MORE? We’d love to have a discussion with you about digital communications and how we can partner & deliver guaranteed return on investment contact Charlie Macauley (Digital Sales Manager) on +44 (0) 20 7045 0913 charlie.macauley@globaltransportforum.com for a no obligation chat.