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Rail’s leading figures, including UIC, to debate the future of digitalisation at 7th International Railway Summit in Frankfurt

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of the International Union of Railways (UIC), and Rolf Härdi, CTO of Deutsche Bahn will deliver keynote speeches during a session exploring the railway sector’s long-term vision for digital transformation entitled “What is the endgame of digitalisation?” at the 7th International Railway Summit.

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UIC and UNIFE debate digital railway at International Railway Summit reunion breakfast

What a truly digitalised railway system should look like and how it can transform rail transport were debated at the International Railway Summit’s reunion breakfast, which took place at the Regent Hotel in Berlin on Wednesday 19 September.

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The digital revolution arrives (Page 25)

Digital technologies are transforming the railway sector and will continue to do so for many decades to come. AI, smart sensors, biometric ticketing, automation, the IoT and countless other innovations are improving signalling, easing congestion, boosting safety and security, predicting and resolving maintenance and timetabling issues and promising and often delivering ever more efficient railway systems.

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UIC participates in International Railway Summit Event during InnoTrans 2018

As part of the InnoTrans, the world’s leading transport trade fair, held from 18 – 21 September, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, and Mr Simon Fletcher, Director Standardisation – Coordinator European Region, participated in a panel of an International Railway Summit event organised by IRITS.

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India to Host International Railway Summit for First Time Next Year

India will host the 8th International Railway Summit, the organiser IRITS Events has announced on Friday. This unique two day long networking event will take place in India for the first time from November 20, 2019. The International railway summit combines bespoke one-to-one meetings with a full two-day conference programme, and it will return to Asia following a successful event in Kuala Lumpur in November 2017.

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Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof To host 7th International Railway Summit

The luxurious five-star hotel Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof in Frankfurt, Germany will be the venue for the 7th International Railway Summit, the organiser IRITS Events has announced.The summit will take place from 20-22 February 2019.

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Senior rail executives debated a wide range of topics at the recent 6th International Railway Summit

The 6th International Railway Summit, hosted by IRITS Events and organised in association with UIC was held in Prague over a busy three days from 21 – 23 February.

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In Prague, European railways chiefs are acting

n Prague, the heads of European railways discuss high-speed lines, competition and rail transport safety. The meeting is attended by the Chairman of the Czech Railways Pavel Krtek, ČD Cargo Chairman Ivan Bednárik…

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Saudi Arabia interested in Spanish High Speed to link Riyadh with Dammam

The president of the Public Transport Authority of Saudi Arabia, Rumaih M. Al-Rumaih, today expressed his interest in collaborating with Spanish companies to electrify and convert to high speed the railway corridor linking Riyadh with the port city of Dammam.

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UIC partners with the 6th International Railway Summit – special discount available

UIC is delighted to partner with IRITS Events for the 6th International Railway Summit, taking place at Hotel Boscolo Prague, Autograph Collection from 21 – 23 February 2018. International Railway Summit is a meeting of the world’s key rail sector buyers and carefully selected technical experts.

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Luxembourg Railways CEO to take part in the 6th International Railway Summit in Prague

Marc Wengler, CEO of Luxembourg Railways (CFL), will participate in the 6th International Railway Summit in Prague on 21-23 February 2018.CFL are the state-owned national railway company of Luxembourg. CFL’s passenger services facilitate over 20 million journeys per year.

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CEO of Czech Railways to speak at 6th International Railway Summit in Prague

The CEO of Czech Railways, Pavel Krtek, will deliver the opening night welcome speech, debate the role of competition in the railway industry, and meet with expert solution providers at the 6th International Railway Summit in Prague on 21-23 February 2018.

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Huawei showcases digital rly solutions in Int’l Railway Summit

The 5th international railway summit was hosted by IRITS events in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Huawei Technologies. The event was held in Kuala Lumpur on 15-17 November 2017, attracted nearly 200 delegates from global vendors, industry leaders, rail operators and experts, said a press release.

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Lander Simulation, experts in training at the International Railway Summit in Kuala Lumpur

Our Area Manager, Andoni Larrate, attended last week’s International Railway Summit held in Kuala Lumpur as an expert on training systems for train drivers.

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Huawei Holds the International Railway Summit to Accelerate Digital Railway Transformation with Leading New ICT

The Fifth International Railway Summit is hosted by IRITS Events in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Huawei Technologies. The event, taking place in Kuala Lumpur on 15-17 November 2017, attracted nearly 200 delegates from global vendors, industry leaders, rail operators and experts.

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Events this month: International Railway Summit and Mass-Trans Innovation

The fifth International Railway Summit will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur from November 15-17. International Railway Summit enables delegates to network with peers from across the world and across the supply chain, to exchange ideas, build contacts and create strong business partnerships.

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The Fifth International Railway Summit will be Held in Kuala Lumpur

The 5th International Railway Summit will be hosted in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Huawei Technologies, the global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. The summit, a comprehensive networking event for the railway industry, is organised by IRITS Events and will take place in Kuala Lumpur on 15-17 November 2017, which is the first time this event is held in Asia.

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5th International Railway Summit to be hosted in association with UIC and Huawei

The 5th International Railway Summit will be hosted in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Huawei Technologies, the global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. The summit, a comprehensive networking event for the railway industry, is organised by IRITS Events and will take place in Kuala Lumpur on 15-17 November 2017, which is the first time this event is held in Asia.

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5th International Railway Summit to be hosted in association with UIC and Huawei

The 5th International Railway Summit will be hosted in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Huawei Technologies, the global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. The summit, a comprehensive networking event for the railway industry, is organised by IRITS Events and will take place in Kuala Lumpur on 15-17 November 2017, which is the first time this event is held in Asia.

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UIC partners with the 5th International Railway Summit – Special discount available

GUIC is delighted to partner with Huawei and IRITS Events for the 5th International Railway Summit, taking place at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur on 15-17 November 2017.

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Squarell visits the 4th International Railway Summit in Paris

Gerard Willemse, Squarell account manager for Europe, visited the 4th International Railway Summit in Paris, February 2017. He told us it was a remarkable event with in-depth discussions about the issues that face the rail industry. He met with many interesting visitors, experts and key players in the industry.

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Digitise or decay: the urgent need for technical agility

The rail industry is at a crossroads. On the one hand, the continuing increase in global population and the shift from rural areas to the cities is boosting demand for rail services, but on the other hand the unprecedented speed of technical development and the digital revolution threatens to leave rail behind if it is does not adapt and embrace change quickly enough.

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Rift Valley Railways: Life after standard gauge

Rift Valley Railways, which has the concession to operate and maintain Kenya’s 1918km metre-gauge network, wants Kenya Railways, the regulator, to take back control of the infrastructure and is seeking a new investor to put it on a sound financial footing. RVR’s new group CEO, Mr Isaiah Okoth, spoke to David Briginshaw at the International Railway Summit in Paris about his plans to revive RVR’s fortunes.

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Looking towards the future at the International Railway Summit – Key rail players meet in Paris to come up with a vision for the future rail systems

Over three days, senior executives representing the world’s rail operators, infrastructure managers, rolling stock manufacturers, national and local governments and technical experts brainstormed on future solutions for a competitive railway transport system.

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Night trains: “ÖBB can do it, DB cannot

According to ÖBB long-distance transport manager Kurt Bauer, at the International Railway Summit (IRS) in Paris, ÖBB’s night train business is performing better than expected. Passenger numbers are above the original projections.

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ÖBB long-distance transport manager Bauer: Rail has to be more attractive

Kurt Bauer says that train comfort can still be further improved: in new design models, the wagons should be similar to a living room.

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London’s Elizabeth line: railway project to be finished by the end of 2019

For many troubled commuters, the traffic jams in and around London will soon be a thing of the past. The Crossrail railway project will form a new West-East link across the British metropolis and be completed in late 2019, explained Jeremy Long of the MTR Corporation at the 4th International Railway Summit (IRS) in Paris.

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Uber and autonomous vehicles? The railways do not feel threatened

The new mobility trends are no threat to the railways, according to the conclusion of a discussion at the International Railway Summit (IRS) on Friday 17 February 2017 in Paris. Both Uber and autonomous vehicles on the road – cars or buses – can not compete with the railway as mass transport in conurbations, but would rather complement it, the experts say.

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Westbahn boss criticises the foreclosed railway market in Austria

Erich Forster, the head of the West’s mostly private Westbahn, criticised the railway market in Austria as being foreclosed at the International Railway Summit in Paris. Although it had been a competitor to the ÖBB for some years with the Westbahn, the state had to rely on direct awards rather than tenders for services.

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Uber and autonomous vehicles, a challenge for railway managers

The challenge of competition from Uber and autonomous vehicles was one of the main issues discussed at the 4th International Railway Summit which ended today in Paris.

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Future of the railway: driverless, digitally networked and urban

The participants in the 4th International Railway Summit (IRS), held on 16 and 17 February at the headquarters of the International Union of Railways (UIC) in Paris, are confident about the future of the railway as a means of transport which has already survived several industrial revolutions. “The railway is the backbone of an effective transport system,” said UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux.

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Great speaker line-up at next IRJ rail summit

Rail leaders will be among the speakers at the next International Railway Summit being organised jointly by IRJ and IRITS Events in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC). The event will be held at the UIC headquarters in Paris on February 15-17 2017.

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Rail must battle for its share of the digital pie

The International Railway Summit reunion breakfast held on September 22 in Berlin produced a lively debate on digitisation and what the rail industry needs to do to realise the benefits on offer. Kevin Smith was in the audience.

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Doppelbauer: Rail must protect bandwidth

IRJ at InnoTrans 2016: Growing demand from other modes and industries for internet-connected technologies requires urgent action from the rail industry to protect the bandwidth it has already secured and will require in the future, according to Mr Josef Doppelbauer, executive director of the European Union Agency for Railways.

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International Railway Summit 2016: Connecting People and Ideas

When you think of a railway, what comes to mind? Is it hopping on a passenger train to a new destination or the morning commute? Is it a train passing by with loads of cargo and freight? Or perhaps you may picture an empty railway track, asking yourself if a train even goes down the tracks? Whichever image comes to mind, one thing is certain – the railway industry, while impacting our daily lives moving people and products around the globe, is one which is subject to many different perceptions, perspectives, and relevance.

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Rail needs a step change in performance

Rail has huge potential for growth, but all too often it fails to realise this due to high costs, poor service quality which make it unattractive, or lack of marketing. Rail needs to address these deficiencies and make the most of its strengths, and it needs to do so quickly before autonomous driving road vehicles make life even harder.

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UIC takes part in the International Railway Summit (17 – 19 February 2016, Vienna)

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, was invited by the International Railway Journal (IRJ) to open the International Railway Summit in Vienna. This conference brought together a number of speakers from the railway sector, including Josef Doppelbauer from ERA, Philippe Citroën from UNIFE, Alain Flausch from UITP, Andy Doherty, Chairman of ERRAC, and others, to examine the changes in the railway sector and its sustainable development.

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Warsaw OKs Two-Phase Metro Extension

The International Railway Journal reports that Warsaw Metro CEO Jerzy Lejk announced at the 2016 International Railway Summit that work will begin soon on the first of two expansions of the Metro’s east-west Line M2 in the sprawling capital of Poland.

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Doppelbauer outlines schedule for 4RP technical pillar

IRJ at International Railway Summit 2016: EUROPEAN Railway Agency (ERA) executive director Dr Josef Doppelbauer says he is now “almost certain” that the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package will come into force on June 1.

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Travelling at 1,200 km/h will be possible in 2021 thanks to Hyperloop’s pod

It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s Hyperloop, a pod which travels at 1,200 km/h inside a steel tube, and which will make its first voyage in 2021. Five Spanish students have been involved in its design.

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Warsaw metro starts next expansion phase

International Railway Summit 2016, Vienna: Mr Jerzy Lejk, CEO, of Warsaw Metro, announced that a general contractor will be appointed very soon to construct the first phase of planned extensions to Line M2.

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Supeo’s Troels Hannecke to Deliver Keynote ‘Big Data in a Railway Context’ at IRS 2016

Supeo CEO and founder Troels Hannecke is set to deliver a keynote speech on the use of Big Data in the railway and transportation industry as the headline sponsor of the International Railway Summit (IRS) 2016, taking place on 17-19 February 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

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Great line-up for IRJ’s Vienna conference

IRJ has put together a great line-up of speakers for its International Railway Summit being staged in association with IRITS Events in Vienna on February 17-19 2016. The main theme of the event is the future of rail transport.

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New partnerships forged at International Railway Summit

The more entrepreneurs we have in the market taking ownership will only enhance the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package.” Mr Libor Lochman’s, executive director of the Community of European Railways (CER), point in his address during the opening session of the International Railway Summit 2015 in Barcelona on February 19 was apt given the presence of delegates from various SMEs in the audience and the entrepreneurial spirit on display throughout the event.

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Procurement Strategies for Major Rail Projects: International Railway Summit 2015

London partner Matthew Smith recently attended the International Railway Summit 2015 in Barcelona. The International Railway Summit provides a meeting ground for senior decision makers from the world’s key rail operators, transport ministries and solution providers. Matthew had the opportunity to discuss the importance of risk assessment, project delivery structure, and risk allocation in rail contracts as a presenter at the conference.

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Agomir’s experience at International Railway Summit 2015 in Barcelona

Barcellona – Il filo conduttore che lega importanti manifestazioni internazionali, come ad esempio Expo Ferroviaria di Torino (la vetrina italiana per le tecnologie, i prodotti e sistemi ferroviari) e IRITS di Barcellona (rassegna internazionale dedicata all’industria del trasporto su rotaia) passa attraverso la relazione tra innovazione ed efficienza, dove il tema della gestione della manutenzione assume il ruolo cruciale di incubatore di opportunità e fonte di un ritorno non solo economico, ma anche di qualità e prestazioni.

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Impressive line-up for IRJ’s first conference

Plans for International Railway Summit 2015, IRJ’s first conference being staged in Barcelona next month in cooperation with IRITS, are now being finalised with an impressive line-up of senior figures from the railway industry agreeing to take part at the event.

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IRJ and IRITS to co-host International Railway Summit

International Railway Journal (IRJ) and International Rail Infrastructure and Technology Summit (IRITS) will jointly host a unique matchmaking event for rail professionals next year with the aim of bringing together the industry’s buyers and suppliers to discuss the future of procurement and technology in the industry.

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Can CBTC cope with complex rail networks?

While nobody yet has devised a way to get to 50 trains/hour, and it is difficult to see how they would, London Underground is already achieving 30 trains/hour on the Jubilee Line and 33 trains/hour on the Victoria Line with CBTC. Speaking at the Irits summit in Berlin last November, Mr George McInulty, programme director for infrastructure with Transport for London, said with 10 to 15 more trains and “very aggressive dwell-time management” it would be possible to achieve 36 trains on the Jubilee Line.

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Can rail react fast enough to new challenges?

The world’s richest economy is failing to invest sufficiently in its infrastructure. As Mr Brooks Bentz, managing director of Accenture, puts it, the United States is facing what he describes as a “perfect storm” in the next 25-30 years. “This may sound like a long time, but it isn’t that long when you are investing in infrastructure,” he told delegates at the inaugural International Rail Infrastructure and Technology Summit (Irits) in Berlin last month.

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Lochman calls for more investment in rail

Speaking at the first International Rail Infrastructure and Technology Summit in Berlin last month, Libor Lochman, executive director of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), set out his blueprint for the future of railways. David Briginshaw was at the event to hear what Lochman had to say.

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Johannes Hainbucher International Sales Manager Linsinger

The summit I attended was a great success for our company. Good balance between attending buyers and sellers. Perfect location, good speakers and nice framework programme. Excellent opportunity for presenting our products and networking.