Indian Railways delegation visits UIC on 21 July 2016

Mr Mohd. Jamshed, appointed as Member Traffic, Railway Board, in December 2015, accompanied by Mr Sanjay Bajpai, Executive Director, visited UIC Headquarters on 21 July 2016.

UIC Director of Finance Mr Thierry Bera delivered a general presentation about UIC.
Mr Hans-Günther Kersten, UIC Director of the Freight Department and Mr Bernard Schmitt, UIC Freight Advisor, presented the activities of the department at UIC, including infrastructure, rolling stock and operation key challenges and the e-WAG project (standard communication protocol of rolling stock). Mr Marc Antoni, UIC Director of the UIC Rail System Department, focused on the issues of standardisation and signalling. Mr Airy Magnien, UIC Head of the Data, Statistics and Economics Unit, explained the activities of his unit and pointed out the importance of collecting the statistics of the members.

After these presentations, a discussion was held on the cooperation between Indian Railways and UIC, such as the possible secondment of staff to UIC and the participation of IR in UIC events, working groups and platforms.

Indian Railways kindly confirmed to host the 4th UIC Asia-Pacific Workshop on Control Command and Signalling (CCS), from 9 – 10 November 2016, in India.

More information should come soon under the banner opposite.

For further information please contact Béatrice Ségéral:

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UIC and Trenitalia (FSi Group) to hold their First Training Programme on Commuter and Regional Train Services

The UIC Passenger Department is set to hold its first training course on Commuter and Regional Train Services. It will take place in Rome from 28-30 September and will be co-organised with Trenitalia.

It is often said that passengers represent half of world railway business, but it is also true that a very high percentage of those who take the train are travelling on commuter and regional services. These transport systems are found throughout the world, and the approach to them and their characteristics may be similar or different, whether in terms of intermodality, accessibility or other factors. However, one common point may be the existence of PSOs, Public Service Obligation contracts, by which society expresses its requirements in the field of transportation, involving decision-makers, urban and territorial planners, local and regional authorities, etc.

Consequently, it is increasingly necessary for all agents involved to be familiar with the many aspects and implications of Commuter and Regional Train Services (both positive and negative) in order to be able to take decisions (or make proposals for decisions) on the development of transport systems in general and of the railways in particular, with full knowledge of the facts. In view of this, six different sessions are being proposed, focusing on the following topics:

  • Session 1: Main principles. Commuter and Regional Systems around the world. Intermodality
  • Session 2: Stations and accessibility
  • Session 3: Fundamental values
  • Session 4: Financing
  • Session 5: Legal framework
  • Session 6: Tendering

The aim of the training programme is to examine all the constituent elements, as well as the different types of Commuter and Regional Train System (CRTS) and to measure their impact impartially and objectively from political, social and economic standpoints.

Together UIC and TRENITALIA want to provide a response to these needs, and will co-organise a three-day training programme in which all these aspects will be studied. During the six different sessions, they will try to provide information and useful knowledge about all the different aspects of Commuter and Regional Train Systems. The speakers are experts in the subjects addressed and are drawn mainly from the railways. They represent all countries, all world regions and all the main railway undertakings with experience in the field of Commuter and Regional Train Systems.

For further information please contact Luis Casado Presa:

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UIC DIGITAL DAYS (Paris, 7 – 8 October 2016): Save the Date & Draft Programme available!

You are invited to attend UIC DIGITAL DAYS (Paris, 7 – 8 October 2016) so we can shape the digital future of mobility together

As part of the work led by the UIC Digital Platform launched at the end of November 2015, UIC has planned a series of dedicated workshops aimed at exploring the links between digitalisation and various dimensions of the railway system.

In this context, UIC is organising a workshop to be held on 7 October 2016 at UIC Headquarters, focusing on the links between digitalisation on the one hand and freight & passenger services on the other.

This workshop will be part of the event named “UIC DIGITAL DAYS” to be held on 7 and 8 October and consisting of a Workshop on 7 October, open to UIC Members and Stakeholders, and of a UIC Digital Open Day to be held on 8 October, open to UIC Members and Stakeholders but also to the general public.

Particular attention will be paid in the discussions to the need for proper change management in the digitalisation process in order to address the fears of many staff faced with a rapidly changing work environment. Furthermore, the workshop will attempt to build bridges between the different generations and between railway experts and digitally skilled young people who could, if they find a way of cooperating, together reinvent the railways.

The draft programme of the event is available below; based on a business-oriented approach, the discussions will aim to show the participants in a practical way how digitalisation can bring added value to freight and passenger services, what kind of economic benefits members can expect from it, what its limits are, etc. Details on themes and speakers will be provided next month.

The UIC Digital Open Day will be held on 8 October and will consist of show rooms and small conferences to present the latest innovations and advantages that digitalisation can bring to the railways.

Please do not hesitate to contact UIC if you have a concrete project or demonstration that could be of interest for the audience.


DAY 1 – 7 October 2016 – WORKSHOP

Co-moderated by high-level representatives recognised in their business area

09:00-10:30 Plenary: Presentations, Welcome speeches, Keynotes…

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Parallel 1: Passengers / Freight

12:30-14:00 Business & networking lunch – Demos in the stands

14:00-15:30 Parallel 2: Workshops (subjects) / Afternoon parallel sessions

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-16:30 Restitution and conclusions

16:30 Promotional cocktail for launching the “Open Day”

DAY 2 – 8 October 2016 – UIC DIGITAL OPEN DAY

Show rooms and small conferences from start-ups, famous names in the rail industry (ALSTOM...) to present the latest innovations and advantages that digitalisation can bring to the railways.

Open to UIC Members, Stakeholders and also to the general public.

For further information please contact Francis Bedel:

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News from UIC members

United States: AAR, Freight Rail Officals and leading regulatory expert urge FRA to withdraw proposed two-person crew mandate

Agency Lacks Evidence and Data to Support Proposal, Which Could Undermine Future Rail Safety Innovation

AAR: Proposed Rule Is ’Textbook Example of Unnecessary Regulation’

The Association of American Railroads (AAR), freight rail industry leaders and one of the nation’s top regulatory experts at a hearing today with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) urged the safety regulatory agency to withdraw its proposed rule mandating two-person crews for freight railroads.

For the freight rail industry, there is no greater priority than safety, but there are no data supporting this proposed rule and it will provide no safety benefit to railroads, their employees, or the public,

said Edward R. Hamberger, President and CEO of the AAR, in his testimony.

With no data showing that one-person operations compromise safety, there is no basis — other than anecdotal storytelling — for enacting a general prohibition on crew size reductions. The proposed rule is a textbook example of unnecessary regulation. In fact, while perhaps well-intentioned, the proposed rule is actually misguided and will undermine the very goal of both the FRA and the freight rail industry – making a safe rail network even safer.

Hamberger added:

While the Department of Transportation is throwing its full support behind development of autonomous vehicles as a way to improve safety on our roadways, it is backing a rulemaking for the rail industry that goes in the opposite direction and would freeze rail productivity and chill innovation.

Hamberger was joined at the hearing by Cindy Sanborn, Chief Operating Officer at CSX Transportation; Robert Babcock, Senior Vice President of Operations and Development for the Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD); David Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Genesee & Wyoming, Inc.; and John D. Graham, Dean of the Indiana School of Public and Environmental Affairs and former Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Hamberger pointed out that in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FRA itself admitted it had no safety data to support the proposal.

The FRA has not provided data suggesting that one-person crew operations are less safe than multiple-person crew operations,

he noted.

We have said time and time again that the FRA should conduct a fact-based - not emotionally driven - data-gathering process,

Hamberger said.

If a safety risk is identified, then rulemaking might be appropriate. But we are confident that an independent, objective analysis will conclude that no regulation is needed.

Hamberger pointed out that Oliver Wyman, a leading global management consulting firm with worldwide expertise in railroad operations, provided the FRA with an analysis of data on single-crew rail operations around the world that proves railroads can safely operate with one-person crews, and have been doing so for years.

Cindy Sanborn of CSX Transportation told FRA representatives that the railroad industry has negotiated numerous reductions in crew size with its employees in the past, and the evidence shows that such reductions have been accomplished with continuous safety improvement. She noted that during the period of time that the industry’s injury and accident rates have declined to record lows, crew sizes have been reduced.

Moreover, Indiana Rail Road Company’s Babcock noted in his testimony that U.S. railroads using one-person crews have consistently maintained exemplary safety records.

INRD has been safely deploying one-person crews for nearly two decades, and there is no evidence that one-person operations are unsafe,

he said.

In his testimony, David Brown of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. similarly noted that railroads throughout Europe and Australia have for years been safely operating with one person in the locomotive cab. Brown said that for 34 years he has been involved in the transition of crew size from as many as six crew members down to the one-person crews that now comprise the vast majority of train crews in the U.K. and Europe and other operations in the United States and Australia. During that time, Brown noted, rail safety performance has continuously and dramatically improved.

John D. Graham, who as former Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs reviewed thousands of proposed federal regulations, told the FRA that its crew size proposal was

one of the analytically weakest regulatory packages

he has ever reviewed.

There is no demonstration that crew size is a relatively significant factor in determining the number of railroad accidents, injuries and fatalities – or even near misses," Graham said. "The reader is left wondering why the agency has focused on this factor, as opposed to the many other factors related to railroad safety.

Graham also said the agency currently does not even collect information on crew size.

FRA offers no direct empirical evidence that operating with two crew members will produce better safety outcomes than operating with one crew member,

Graham stated.

In fact, FRA acknowledges that its own accident database does not even contain information on the size of the crew associated with particular accidents. If it is not worthwhile for FRA to collect information on size of crew, it is hard to fathom why the agency would consider this issue to be important enough to craft a narrow, prescriptive regulation.

(Source: AAR)

News from UIC members

China: Integrated tests of China Standard EMUs turn out successful

To thoroughly implement National Strategy on Innovation-Driven Development and steadfastly promote independent development and modernisation of railway technology and equipment, Chinese Railways pulled the wisdom of domestic enterprises, colleges and research institutes, and developed the world-class China Standard EMU Trains with full independent IPRs.

From July 1 to 15, comprehensive tests of such EMUs were carried out on Zhengzhou-Xuzhou High-Speed Railway. The tests recorded a highest speed of 420km/h, when two single trains passed each other in opposite direction and when two single trains were coupled together in operation, which is the highest operating speed of EMUs ever achieved in the world in practical operation environment and conditions.

(Source: Chinese Railways)

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News from UIC members

Germany: Oliver Seidl new Chief Financial Officer of Schenker AG

Supervisory Board appoints financial expert as top manager

Oliver Seidl is set to join the Management Board of Schenker AG in Essen as the new Chief Financial Officer following his appointment by the Supervisory Board of Schenker AG at its meeting on 26 July. He will take up the post at the earliest possible availability. The 53-year-old is currently CFO of Media-Saturn-Holding in Ingolstadt.

Seidl brings many years of experience in diverse finance-related management positions and as a managing director and management board member, including in listed global corporations. From 2010 to 2013, he was Chairman of the Management Board at Loewe AG, having previously served as the management board member for finance and services. Prior to that, he looked after management accounting, strategy and M&A at medium-sized companies.

From 1990 to 2001, Seidl worked in various roles for Daimler AG in Bremen and Stuttgart, most recently heading Group management accounting for Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars. After training in wholesale and export, Seidl studied at the universities of Göttingen and Marburg, graduating in business administration.

At Schenker AG, Seidl will be succeeding Dr. Lutz Freytag, CFO of many years. Dr. Freytag has chosen to leave the company on November 30, 2016 to tackle new challenges and dedicate more time to his personal pursuits. Dr. Freytag and his successor will ensure a smooth handover.

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr. Richard Lutz, is delighted by Oliver Seidl’s appointment:

We are bringing a proven expert on board with relevant experience as the CFO of internationally active businesses.

CEO Jochen Thewes said:

He will further strengthen the Management Board team with his broad knowledge and personal qualities.

Thewes praised Seidl’s predecessor Dr. Lutz Freytag, who has been highly influential in the development of Schenker AG over the last nine years as CFO:

He has achieved a great deal for Schenker AG. We would like to thank Lutz for the great personal dedication he has shown throughout his years at DB Schenker and wish him all the best for the future.

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board also warmly thanked Dr. Freytag for his services to Schenker AG. From 2004 to 2008, Dr. Freytag worked within DB AG as Member of the Management Board for Finance/Controlling at Railion Deutschland AG in Mainz.

(Source: DB)

Cooperation News from UIC members

Russia: Russian Railways and Transnet Ltd. sign Memorandum of Understanding

Russian Railways and the transport company Transnet Ltd. of South Africa signed a memorandum of understanding in Moscow on 14 July 2016.

The document was signed by Russian Railways President Oleg Belozerov and the CEO of state-owned Transnet Ltd. Siyabonga Gama.

The parties have agreed to exchange information and experience in the railway sector. Russian Railways and Transnet Ltd. expressed their willingness to discuss questions related to the possible use of South African track equipment and Russian-made locomotives, including adaptations for heavy trains.

The two companies also expressed their interest in exchanging information on the modernisation of railway infrastructure in order to increase train speeds on South African railways based on Russian experience.
Among the issues open for discussion is technology for assessing infrastructure and rolling stock.

The memorandum also provides for cooperation in railway staff training, including the joint implementation of youth training programmes. In addition, the parties expressed their readiness to conduct joint research and development.
According to Oleg Belozerov, Russian Railways and Transnet Ltd. have many common topics for discussion.

Russian Railways and Transnet are diversified companies which have a lot in common. For example, much of our cargo is sent to ports for export, and we make extensive use of combined freight and passenger train movements. I am sure our cooperation will reach a new level and open up additional opportunities,

said the President of Russian Railways.

(Source: RZD)

News from UIC members

Czech Republic: SŽDC purchases energy for the whole transport sector on the stock exchange, bringing electricity and gas costs down by 30 million Czech crowns

This year, the Ministry of Transport has again purchased energy effectively on the stock exchange. The Ministry has centralised its own consumption and that of other organisations and purchased almost 300 000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electrical power and more than 175 000 MWh of natural gas for next year through Správa železniční dopravní cesty (the Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration - SŽDC). The purchase was carried out in July on the Czech Moravian Commodity Exchange Kladno and has reduced costs for the whole sector by 30 million Czech crowns year on year.

Following the purchase for the whole transport sector two years ago which brought savings of almost 40 million Czech crowns, and that of one year ago which reduced costs by another 80 million Czech crowns, we have again increased the volumes purchased, with electricity up by 24 000 MWh and natural gas by 15 000 MWh. In addition to the Ministry of Transport and SŽDC, other organisations also participated in the purchase: České dráhy A.S. (Czech Railways), the Czech Roads and Motorways Directorate, the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure, ČD Cargo, the Centre for Road Transport Services, the Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic, the State Water Navigation Administration, the Waterways Directorate of the Czech Republic, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Czech Republic, the Transport Research Centre, the Railway Research Centre Institute J.S.C. and DPOV A.S.. This is the fourth year we have purchased on the Kladno Commodity Exchange which is the most competitive marketplace for energy supply,

said Mr. Pavel Surý, Director General of SŽDC.

Next year, the price of energy will fall compared to current prices of other products. Above all, the price of natural gas for small-scale consumers will come down by more than 14% year on year. The price of low-voltage electricity will decrease by 12% compared to this year and that of high-voltage power by 8.5%. The price of natural gas for wholesale customers will fall by more than 7%. Thanks to the large volumes involved, the savings on this product year on year will amount to 8 million Czech crowns.

(Source: SŽDC)

News from UIC members

United States: FRA approves Passenger Rail Blueprint to connect Boston and New Haven to Montreal, add service for Central Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DoT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced on 19 July a Finding of No Significant Impact on the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DoT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced on 19 July 2016 a Finding of No Significant Impact on the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative (Initiative). The finding clears the way for states and the federal government to invest in future passenger rail service in New England. The Initiative proposes to restore service between Boston and New Haven through Springfield and Hartford and add new service between Boston and Montreal.

Existing passenger rail service through New England is limited and already at capacity for a region that is growing,

said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

With an approved blueprint in hand, New England can now move forward to connect people to key job centers and allow students to easily travel to and from New England’s numerous colleges.

FRA awarded $942,775 to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) through FRA’s Next Generation High-Speed Rail Program to study potential service options and complete the Tier 1 Environmental Assessment, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

FRA found that no significant environmental impacts would result from adding more frequent and higher speed intercity passenger rail service, in large part due to the use of existing operating rail lines within existing rights-of-way. The proposed infrastructure improvements also would be located within existing right-of-way along areas that were in the past double or triple tracked.

More than two million people live within three miles of a station along this corridor,

said FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg.

For everyone to move safely and efficiently, the region needs a robust rail system, and this blueprint will help achieve that goal.

MassDOT and VTrans will coordinate the Initiative with other projects, including NEC FUTURE, FRA’s ongoing comprehensive planning effort to define, evaluate, and prioritize future investments in the Northeast Corridor (NEC). The NEC runs from Washington, DC to Boston. Together, this Initiative and NEC FUTURE would provide greater connectivity to central Connecticut, Massachusetts, northern New England, and Montreal.

(Source: US DoT)

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Products & Services

Three IRS (International Railway Solution) published and several others to come

As part of its standardisation activities, UIC as a global platform for technical expertise has already released three IRS (International Railway Solution) and 8 others are already approved and being published.

They can be ordered / downloaded via the UIC ETF e-shop:

Online IRS
IRS number IRS title IRS Development area
IRS 70001 Railway application - High speed - Dynamic integration tests and trial operation before revenue operation High Speed System
IRS 50561 Railway Application - Rolling Stock, Interconnecting gangway systems between vehicles Rolling Stock
IRS 70017 Railway Application - Fixed Installations - Evaluation of incidents on the railway energy system Energy Management
IRS already approved and currently being published
IRS number IRS title IRS Development area
IRS 50641 Railway Application - Rolling Stock - Conditions to be fulfilled by automatic vigilant devices used in international traffic Rolling Stock
IRS 50405 Railway Application - Rolling Stock - Specification "Diagnostic Data Transmission" from railway vehicles Rolling Stock
IRS 30100 RailTopoModel - Railway Infrastructuretopological Model Infrastructure
IRS 70014 Railway Application - Fixed Installations - Maintenance Guidelines for OCL Energy Management
IRS 70015 Railway Application - Fixed Installations - Diagnosis of OCL Conditions Energy Management
IRS 70016 Railway Application - Fixed Installations - Safety measures to adopt when working on or nearby OCL Energy Management
IRS 70018 Railway Application - Fixed Installations - Guidelines on OCL earthing systems for safety in tunnels Energy Management
IRS 70019 Railway Application - Fixed Installations - Overhead Contact Lines interoperability assessment Energy Management
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News from UIC members

Russia: Number of road accidents on infrastructure of Russian Railways fell by 26% in 1H 2016

Russian Railways encourages car drivers to be vigilant and strictly observe the highway code at level crossings!

During the first six months of 2016, 95 traffic accidents occurred at level crossings operated by Russian Railways.
The largest number of accidents occurred at North Caucasus (12 incidents), Gorky (11 incidents), October (10 incidents) and Kuibyshev Railways (10 incidents).
As a result of accidents, 50 people were injured, 17 of them fatally.

By way of comparison, in the first six months of 2015, 129 accidents occurred on the railway network, which injured 129 people, 30 of them fatally.
The main reasons for the accidents were traffic violations by drivers, including driving on to level crossings despite warning stop signs from the automatic alarm and signalling system and closed barriers, or vehicles breakdowns leading to collision with a passing train.

In order to prevent such traffic accidents, Russian Railways is modernising level crossings and equipping them with modern warning and protective devices.
By the end of 2016, it is planned to spend over 300 million roubles on improving the technical condition of level crossings and introducing safety devices.
In addition, Russian Railways is cooperating closely with regional administrations and carrying out major work to reduce the number of road and railway crossings at the same level. Currently, work is underway on ten such crossings.

(Source : RZD)

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Registration is open for the Capacity4Rail Second Dissemination Workshop AND the NeTIRail-INFRA Mid-Term Conference to be held on 3 and 4 November 2016 in Brussels

For logistical reasons and to secure your place, please REGISTER online for EACH EVENT you want to attend by clicking on the links below:

For the Capacity4Rail 2nd Dissemination Workshop, Brussels, 3 November 2016:

For the NeTIRail-INFRA Mid-Term conference, Brussels, 4 November 2016:

As the topics of both projects are closely linked, you are invited to attend both events.

Capacity4rail 2nd dissemination Workshop:

To be held on 3 November 2016, this second dissemination workshop will be an opportunity to promote the achievements of the project after 36 months.
By this stage, most of the work on innovation development will be completed and the project will be entering the demonstration and assessment phase.

Workshop highlights:

  • New slab track concepts
  • New concepts for high speed
  • Materials and monitoring for innovative Switches and Crossings
  • Innovative wagons for freight
  • Optimisation of terminal operations
  • Ubiquitous data for railway operations
  • Innovative sensors and monitoring strategies
  • Multicriteria assessment strategy
  • Recommendations on how the project’s vision for the Railway System of 2050 may be achieved

Ample time will be reserved for discussions and exchanges with the project partners.

Online registration and useful information

The draft programme will be published in the next few days on the online registration page

Register online in order to secure your place at this event and find more information on how to access the venue by clicking here:

Needs Tailored Interoperable Railway Infrastructure

The conference will update partners on the progress made during the first 18 months of the project, presenting some of the early results and the plans for the remainder of the project, as well as holding discussions regarding future developments and collaboration.

Highlights of the conference will include:

  • Sensing and measurement technology – an update on the installation of the on-vehicle, track side and overhead line monitoring systems in Romania, Turkey and Slovenia
  • The results of the GIS mapping of track and overhead line failures and costs
  • The development of track models to find ways of minimising corrugation development and transition zone maintenance
  • Lean improvement of S&C maintenance operations and installation
  • The development of overhead line models leading to minimised life cycle costs of overhead lines for different railway systems
  • Use of the SATLOC system for data transmission from on-vehicle monitoring systems
  • An update on the development of the decision support tool

The conference also intends to address the commonalities between the NeTIRail-INFRA project and the Shift2Rail programme, and identify areas for further collaboration.

Online registration and useful information:

The draft programme will be published in the next few days on the online registration page

Register online in order to secure your place at this event and find more information on how to access the venue by clicking here:

The NeTIRail-INFRA project started on 1 June 2015 and is a three-year collaborative project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme within the 2014-2015 Mobility for Growth Call – MG2.1 Intelligent Infrastructure of Mobility for Growth.

For further information about Capacity4Rail please contact Laurent Schmitt, Project Coordinator: or Isabelle De Keyzer:

For further information about NeTIRail-INFRA please contact:
David Fletcher, Project Coordinator:; Jon Paragreen, Project Manager:; Isabelle De Keyzer, Dissemination Leader:

Or visit the dedicated websites:,

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News from UIC members

Martin Vozár appointed CEO of ZSSK Cargo

Mr Martin Vozár, MBA has been appointed Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Železničná spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia, a.s. (ZSSK Cargo).

Born in 1970, Mr Vozár graduated from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering) in 1994. After graduating he worked in the areas of management and development of companies and transformation of organisation structures.

Mr Vozár has a broad experience in the introduction of management processes, seeking and creating new business opportunities. He held managerial positions in several international companies in the USA (where he gained an MBA) and in Slovakia. Since 2012 he has acted as Executive Director and later as Business Development Director in the company STM POWER, a.s.

UIC congratulates Mr Martin Vozár on his new appointment and wishes him every success in his new role.

(Source: ZSSK Cargo)

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News from UIC members

Germany: New product ideas and digital applications for the future of regional traffic

DB Regio is adopting a pioneering approach. In cooperation with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Südostbayernbahn (SOB) is developing an innovation train at Mühldorf am Inn in order to test new designs of products and combine them with digital applications. The new designs were developed over the course of about a year, then continually further developed, introduced and tested by the customers. The well known Design Bureau Neomind, together with the SOB project team, put the different products and service designs together to form a continuous design approach.

DB Regio are basing the new product designs on customer wishes which were established by market research, as for example, functional work and telephone areas, new space concepts, as well as screened quiet areas. Moreover, DB Regio are experimenting with new technology for customer information systems, simple ticketing solutions, optimised seating and standing comfort, as well as an improved catering offer. In addition digital technologies will be integrated into the journey and an on-board entertainment system with a digital tour guide will be available. A further digital application which DB Regio would like to integrate into the innovation train is ‘Augmented & Virtual Reality’, for example, by means of digital window panes. In addition, information of the points of interest during the journey will be directly displayed on the window pane. When passing through tunnels a three dimensional virtual world can be animated.

With Hyperloop and their community on our side we have a strong development partner for digital technology to integrate such new ideas and innovative prototypes in the train

said Christoph Kraller, Managing Director of SOB.

Also with the setting up of a digital tour guide the cooperation with Hyperloop as the driving force is very forward looking for us and we are very proud of this

emphasised Mr Kraller.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is at present developing a high speed train in the USA which will transport passengers to their destination at close on 1,200 kilometres per hour in a vacuum tube. Now CEO, Dirk Ahlborn would like to enthuse railway customers and his community of start ups, innovative firms and universities for the DB innovation train.

The cooperation with Deutsche Bahn is particularly important for us, for it is only in this way that we can test a prototype in a real operating situation with customers and passengers. For future mobility projects it is not just us who profit but also Deutsche Bahn who can, for example, derive and develop ideas for new generations of vehicles

said Mr Ahlborn.

As the driving force behind the project SOB is working closely with the d.lab, the innovation laboratory of Deutsche Bahn for passenger traffic, which is both partner for the development of prototypes as well as initiator for digital applications during a train journey. Also involved is the project team of the DB Regio train laboratory in Miltenberg. The team has already gained a lot of experience in testing new product designs in the past and will apply this in the innovation train.

(Source: DB)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 13 September 2017 Steering committee of the security platform Paris, UIC HQ
  • 19-21 September 2017 UIC PoSE Meeting Rome
  • 19 September 2017 EMCA Paris
  • 20-21 September 2017 RSF Steering Board UIC 203
  • 21-22 September 2017 Capacity4Rail final conference Madrid
  • 26 September 2017 Workshop on electronic rule books UIC HQ PARIS
  • 27-30 September 2017 UIMC scientific congress & General Assembly York - UK
  • 28 September 2017 First SAFER-LC Workshop on rail and road users requirements regarding safety of Level crossing Paris, UIC HQ
  • 28 September 2017 CDF Steering Committee Paris
  • 28 September 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee UIC Paris
  • 4-7 October 2017 UIC Asset Management Global Conference Paris UIC
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 23-28 October 2017 International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) HONG KONG
  • 24-25 October 2017 RSF Plenary
  • 24-28 October 2017 Intercity & High Speed Committee Plenary meeting Shanghai
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30 October 2017 CDF Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum Steering Committee conference call
  • 6 November 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum plenary meeting Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Management committee Assistants Paris

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