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3rd World Conference on Rail Telecoms: from GSM-R to FRMCS held from 17 – 18 May 2017 in Paris

UIC in cooperation with the Railway Operational Communications-Industry Group (ROC-IG, formerly GSMR-IG) organised the Third World Conference on Rail Telecoms, at Paris UIC Headquarters on 17-18 May 2017. The interest was as strong as for the earlier editions with 175 participants from different companies/organisations, and 10 exhibitors: Comtest Wireless, Cybertel, Expandium, Frequentis, Funkwerk, Iskratel, Kapsch Nokia, Siemens and ZTE. The Conference sponsors included TrioRail, Alstom and ROC-IG.

This year’s conference focused on the GSM-R current technology and its future evolution which is in full development under the UIC project called the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) and notably the possible migration scenarios for its successful achievement.

In his opening speech Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux underlined that UIC is fully determined to pursue the success story starting with the introduction of GSM-R as the common bearer for all rail applications. Main technical challenges are at present directed towards the roadmap for evolution and strategy for the future of Rail Telecoms. UIC is again leading this evolution and bearing in mind that GSM-R was born in Europe but is largely adopted worldwide, the development for the New Generation of Railway Radio system is managed via a worldwide approach.

For the setting of the new Radio system, UIC and especially the Rail System Department directly support the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA), in particular for all what is needed to guarantee the radio bearer for ERTMS Level 2 as well as for the well emerging new Level 3. The FRMCS “Users Requirements Specification” is available and downloadable through the UIC website. The work at UIC on FRMCS is being pursued on aspects of Functionality, Architecture and Technology and Spectrum.

The scene was set furthermore by Mr Carlo De Grandis, Policy Officer, EC DG Move, Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director, ERA, Luis Jorge Romero, Director General, ETSI, Jean-Marc Charoud, Head of the RATP engineering division, UITP and Thomas Karl, Public Transport Division Director, Frequentis-ROC IG.

During eight sessions, railways and other stakeholders had the opportunity to freely exchange their experiences and share their vision for the future of the system.
The FRMCS UIC Global project was presented and included a detailed plan from the standardisation within ETSI/3GPP to the Testing plan, the proof of Concept trials and equipment availability. FRMCS Bearer flexibility was presented in detail.
Industry developed the concept of application centric future network architecture combined with On-board radio evolution & operational applications with future proofed HMIs.

An important aspect for the transition towards FRMCS is to develop cost effective solutions. Interesting new concepts were proposed, like heterogeneous infrastructure for FRMCS with “Dedicated macrocell
Layer reusing existing GSM-R masts on UIC frequency bands for high-priority applications combined with Shared pico-cell layer taking benefit of future passenger-oriented deployment by Telecom operators for business applications along railways tracks.

Particularly awaited was the presentation on the latest evolutions of Mobile Telecommunications in China. Specific stress concepts have been: adaptability of LTE communications to high speed rail, with maintenance of high throughput up to 350Km/h, Frequency under 1GHz are a must for better propagation, 450MHz is the focus of current research. Their Next Generation China Rail Working Group now accounts for more than 40 members.

Another interesting concept proposed was the Bearer Flexible Network Architecture, and different principles for sharing parts of the networks for smooth migration. Many sharing possibilities were presented: shared infrastructure, shared technology or shared spectrum: all can contribute to lower CAPEX and OPEX. Convergences could be developed between rail telecom services and blue light services, now using different networks, they could easily use i.e. share the same network in the future.
The challenges are that preconditions should be available, different users’ needs, shared environment requires care and experience on best practices to enable successful combination is needed. Technical experiences from Labs are very promising, but still political high level decisions are needed.

Cyber security has been an important driver of discussion, all agreed on the need to guarantee the right (i.e. high enough) level of security in all the mission critical applications, looking to alternative solutions, possibly embedded in the technology.
Cyber Security is the new challenge for any future development. CYRAIL, a project coordinated by EVOLEO Technologies, in the framework of Shift2Rail was also presented. UIC has a significant role in this, together with many other players. Threats analysis, attack detection and early warning combined with mitigation techniques and protection profiles is the main goal of CYRAIL.

Shift2Rail was presented as well. The main targets of Shift2Rail are to avoid the fragmentation of the EU research and to support the market development. To “Respect the current Target System Specifications (TSI)” and “Door to Door” Journey concept were explained. Shift2Rail will be contributing to the future radio system via the Technical demonstrators 2nd Pillar on Smart-Radio – Connected Wayside Object Controllers, Adaptable Communications for all Railways and Cybersecurity.

Application of formal methods and definition of standard interfaces was also on the programme. Shift2Rail needs help from everyone involved in the research. Sharing networks between critical users is also recognised as a visionary future target.
A conceptual shift from “Network as Asset” to “Network as Service (provider)” was also proposed and strongly debated. Situations in Europe are quite different from one country to another, a dedicated network for Critical Users will be technically possible, but conditions to finally use it still must be defined. Common understanding about the Public Mobile Network Operators (i.e. MNOs) is that they are and will not be suitable for Safety Critical Applications.

Legal framework in EU was described with the transition of Chapter 7 on CCS-TSI being the most relevant part. Details on the ongoing development for the evolution of mobile devices were provided, stressing the need to save the already completed investments, from well over 1 b€ for rolling stock only. A proposal to ERA to consider the endorsement of FRMCS URS within the Operational Harmonisation WG was questioned.

The strategic vision of Railways Representative bodies on how to evolve towards the new Frequency Spectrum Sharing was presented, also referring to the 200 year-long history of telecoms within railways. Using the 873-876 Coupled with 918-921 MHz EGSM-R band is clearly presented as the most preferred option.

An interesting question came from the attendees “How getting the required spectrum and which could be the possible worst-case scenarios?” Each railway is invited to refer and liaise with their national frequency regulators, the only real authorities that can answer the railways’ needs on spectrum. On the other hand, a very important request for the railway sector to further participate in the new CEPT_ECC-FM56 WG where Railway specific migration needs are addressed was stressed.

Special focus on security was provided with even some specific reserved information just to the conference room. Encryption algorithm A5/1 used mostly by GSM-R operators has been hacked and is no longer secure. Much stronger encryption algorithms are available such as A5/3 and now A5/4 and could be used. EU Directives have also foreseen by 2018 accountability of operators and guarantee of privacy by design. GSM-R current applications need to move towards better Algorithms than A5/1 (short term urgent action).

An interesting option to counter act cyberattacks was also provided and very appreciated by attendees: the use of the Europe wide HERMES VPN and related services, supplied by British Telecoms, with Internet as just additional backbone. The use of special protocol MPLS is the core of Hermes VPN security. So far, it was mentioned that no security related access have been recorded. The close network approach will be kept in future too, as it has intrinsic advantages.

It was reiterated that 100% protection is not possible. The combination between the capability to perform an attack and to really do it must be considered carefully.

Finally, information on the GSM-R context during the terrorist attacks in Bruxelles was provided, where the most difficult problem was having access to an operating structure. All public networks as well as Astrid Network (TETRA based) were saturated. The GSM-R network was the only network in operation so that a specific frequency band for rail is the only effective solution. At the London bombing they switched off the network immediately. It should be noted that law enforcement against jammers impacting the GNSS based operating systems are not very effective.

At the closing session migration was dealt with in-depth, as well as the possible scenarios.
It is probably too early to address the final technology. Any suitable bearer could be used, depending on the actual railway requirements. The key element that will lead migration will be the mobile equipment; “Safety & Security by design” is recognised as a must have for any future implementation. In terms of which data will have to be transmitted, a reflection is proposed to keep services separated and limit the amount of data to the meaningful ones, like for Video streaming from the first vehicle: it’s better to stay onboard and detect threats locally by automatic devices.
The introduction of new mobile radio modules, adding FRMCS modules, is seen as a key streamline opportunity to manage the migration.

“How to secure the railway operation in a future where all IP-Networks will be the normal approach”. Suggestions are proposed on the level of internal organisation of the company. Including Cyber Security in the legal framework is not seen as essential. Security must be in our DNA.

In his closing speech Mr Marc Antoni, Director of the Rail System Department underlined that three major points should be retained from the conference:

  • Flexibility in the Migration all along the foreseen period of more than 15 years
  • Guarantee the Cyber Security for safety critical applications
  • Keep the unicity of frequency for FRMCS in Europe and preferably at world level

During the final traditional prize draw, gifts were presented to five lucky participants by Triorail and UIC.

For further information please contact Marc Antoni:

antoni@uic.org

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ONCF hosts fifth training course on rail safety: 10 African countries take part

From 15 to 26 May 2017, the Rail Training Centre of the Moroccan National Railways Office (ONCF) in Rabat is hosting the fifth training programme on rail safety for senior officials of several African rail networks. They are from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia.

The opening ceremony of this important course was presided over by Mr Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Public Works, Transport, Logistics and Water, in the presence of Ambassadors from African countries, of Mr Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of ONCF and Chairman of the UIC African Region, Jerzy Wisniewski, the coordinator of this region, as well as the heads of the various departments concerned.

Following on from the four previous editions organised in Rabat between 2013 and 2016, the theme of this training course on rail safety was chosen with regard to the needs expressed by the African rail networks and to the recommendations of the study on rail revitalisation in Africa, presented by African Transport Ministers at the 3rd conference held in April 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, and endorsed by them as a medium- and long-term roadmap for this key sector.

It is true that most of the sub-Saharan African networks are still lagging some way behind when it comes to the rehabilitation of the rail network. According to the study referred to above, the modernisation of 81 000 km of track and the construction of 13 200 km of new lines up to international standards is needed.

To make this training programme more relevant and attractive, and to meet the desired objectives, a range of teaching methods is being used. These include theory lessons, case studies and lectures on specific themes co-led by experts from UIC and ONCF, as well as visits to selected construction sites.

It should also be noted that ONCF continues in its unceasing efforts to share its experience and expertise with African rail networks, giving fresh impetus and re-energising the South-South partnership in all facets of railway operations.
Without giving an exhaustive list, over the last five years this cooperation has included:

  • Organising 10 conferences/seminars on targeted issues of concern, involving 65 experts and approximately 1 700 participants;
  • Conducting 7 training programmes focusing on rail security and safety as well as on track maintenance, for nearly 200 participants, led by 75 ONCF experts;
  • Organising approximately twenty study visits for various African delegations;
  • Conducting two future-oriented studies.

The objective is to contribute to securing the development of a reliable and viable African rail transport system, bringing sustainable transport and economic inclusion to the African continent, in line with the policy devised by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, with a view to consolidating South-South co-operation and improving the continent’s position and competitiveness on the world stage.

Aspects relating to security and protection of the railway system against all types of threat and risk were presented by Jacques Colliard, Head of the UIC Security Division, while security aspects involving the UIC Safety Database will be presented by Olivier Georger next week.

For further information please contact Jerzy Wisniewski, Coordinator of the UIC African Region:

wisniewski@uic.org

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UIC takes part in the Cluster 2.0 kick-off meeting from 15 – 16 May in Dourges (France)

The Cluster 2.0 project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme held its kick-off meeting from 15 – 16 May in Dourges (France), in the presence of around 40 participants representing 29 European partners.

The Cluster 2.0 project is led by PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG and will run for 36 months. The aim of the project is to leverage the full potential of European Logistics Clusters for an efficient and fully integrated transport system in Europe making optimal use of an Open Network of Logistics Clusters and hubs starting with Zaragoza (PLAZA), Duisburg (Duisport), Lille (Dourges), Bologna-Trieste (Interporto/port of Trieste), Brussels (BruCargo), London (Heathrow), Pireaus (PCT), Trelleborg (Port).

The Cluster 2.0 objectives and areas of intervention are:

  • Increase the engagement, performance and coordination of terminals and hubs at cluster level
  • Increase by 50% the freight managed in the cluster with the current infrastructure
  • Increase economic impact in local economies by 5% yearly while keeping neutral local environmental impacts
  • Increase average door-to-door vehicle load factor up to 75%
  • Increase intermodal transport in the network by 40%
  • Develop low cost, low capital and investment intensive transhipment enhanced solutions to reduce operational costs of transhipment by 30%
  • Develop prototypes of New Modular Load Units as enhancers of the above objectives
  • Develop terminal management systems to increase management capacity of the terminals by 20% and reduce associated congestion by 10%

UIC is partner of the project representing the contribution of the railway sector to the achievement of a balanced modal shift between modes. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme and all details will be available at:

http://www.enide.eu/clusters20/index.html

For further information please contact Sandra Ferrari, Senior Freight Advisor:

ferrari@uic.org

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UIC Code of Practice for the loading and securing of goods available for download in three languages

The loading guidelines developed by UIC are a set of nationally and internationally valid regulations for loading goods in railway transport. They describe binding rules and stipulations for the usage and capacity utilisation of the wagons and for the dimensions of the load.

Railways are a reliable transport mode, but this is only ensured through constant and unwavering attention on the part of all players. Safe loading is one of the top priorities for all the parties involved and must remain so despite increasingly complex interfaces.
The UIC loading guidelines constitute an extremely valuable asset which is shared with all players.
All of them must know and comply with the proper implementation of the existing loading rules and directives, and use the adequate equipment.

To this end, dissemination and training workshops are organised by the UIC experts for the Sector.

The work of the experts involved in the dedicated UIC study group aims to ensure that the guidelines are up to date and comply with evolving legislation. The work carried out over the last months resulted in the digitalisation of these guidelines which are now available online in French, English and German. They can be downloaded from the UIC-ETF Shop http://www.shop-etf.com/en/technical-documents/loading-guidelines.html or directly from the UIC Freight webpage.

For further information please contact Nathalie Libardi, UIC Freight Department:

libardi@uic.org

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CRITIS 2017: Call for Papers deadline approaching

We would like to remind you that the CRITIS 2017 call for papers is still open until 2 June.

Following the previous CRITIS edition which was organised in Paris at UIC Headquarters, CRITIS 2017 is continuing its efforts to bring together scientist, experts, policy makers and professionals from academia, industry and governmental organisations engaged in the field of the security of critical (information) infrastructure systems. CRITIS provides a bridge for the different research communities and disciplines involved in the CIP and encourages discussions, conceptualisations and modelling, especially when based on multi-disciplinary approaches.

Call for papers and posters
You can submit your scientific contribution on the following topics: Cyber Security; Human Factors; Transport; Emergency Management; Urban Resilience; Trust and Information Sharing; Methods, Analyses and Models. All accepted contributions will be included in full length in the pre-proceedings that will appear at the time of the conference; accepted papers are planned to be published in the LNCS Springer-Verlag series. Special attention will be devoted to young talents through the Young Critis Award (YCA) including a prize for the best contribution presented by a young author.

Special dissemination sessions
An “Operator Session” is planned where Operators will present specific issues or their innovative solutions. While participation in this session does not require the submission of an abstract, nor the publication of any proceedings, the Operators may also participate in the conference as any other contributor.

A “Project Session” is also planned where projects on C(I)IP will be given the opportunity to disseminate preliminary results and ongoing work. In addition, this session will represent a unique occasion to strengthen or create consortia for future project proposals.

Key dates
Paper submission: June 2
Registration open: July 1
Acceptance notification: July 15
Camera-ready papers: September 1
CRITIS Conference: October 9–11
CRITIS Satellite Workshops: October 12–13

If you wish to participate in the Operator or Project session, please contact Grigore Havârneanu, Research Advisor – UIC Security Division:

havarneanu@uic.org

For further information on CRITIS 2017 please visit the website www.critis2017.org

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Final Review of the PREDICT Cascading Effect Project held on 18 May 2017

“A small cause may have a big effect!” – Decision-makers in crisis situations and Critical Infrastructure organisations must consider many factors: political, social, legal, cultural, ethical and economic parameters are always to be considered during threat assessments and countermeasures.

Therefore, the aim of the PREDICT project (PREparing of the Domino Effect in Crisis siTuations: 2014-2017) was to provide a comprehensive solution for dealing with cascading effects in multi-sectoral crisis situations covering aspects of critical infrastructures. The project ended with the final review, which took place on 18 May 2017 in Poznan, Poland.

The key results of the project are as follows:

  • The PREDICT incident evolution framework, which provides a threat quantification methodology allowing for the assessment of cascading effects and the modelling of interdependencies between critical infrastructures.
  • Improved versions of tools:
    • SBR, a tool supporting the generation and analysis of most probable set of scenarios;
    • PROCeed, which enables crisis managers to model and run crisis scenarios on a Geographic Information System (GIS) web-interface;
    • Myriad, a tool supporting decision-making by risk-based assessment of the current and predicted situation.
  • The Integrated PREDICT Tool Suite (iPDT), which successfully combined these tools to provide a solution enabling crisis managers to generate, run and analyse alternative scenarios of a given crisis, identify crucial dependencies between critical infrastructures, and act with a better understanding of the future.

The functions of the iPDT have been carefully assessed against acknowledged training tool requirement. It has the potential to train end-users in awareness, understanding and decision-making by visualising the impact of the decisions on the further development of the situation.

Regarding the interest of our UIC-members, the UIC Security Division drafted a summary, which gives them a good overview of the main aspects and further results from the PREDICT project. You can find it on our website, using the following link: http://uic.org/IMG/pdf/predict_brochure.pdf

UIC Security Additional Programme and Security Week 2017:

Furthermore, Crisis Management is a core issue of the UIC Security Additional Programme (2016 – 2017). The UIC Security Division published in April 2017 a benchmark study about the Crisis Management efforts within the railway community, available at http://www.uic.org/IMG/pdf/crisis_management_report.pdf.

Also during the Security Week, which will take place on 6 – 9 June 2017 in Paris, Crisis Management will be discussed. The detailed agenda is on the website at http://events.uic.org/uic-security-week-2017.

For further questions about PREDICT please contact Kathrin Faber, Senior Advisor Security Division:

faber@uic.org or visit: http://www.predict-project.eu/home

For further questions about the UIC Security additional programme and the Security Week 2017 please contact security@uic.org

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Results from 3rd edition of the UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards

Rail transport faces huge present and future challenges for which innovation and step changes are necessary. As UIC’s overall mission is to promote an increased use of rail transport at world level and to help members to make rail transport more attractive, effective, sustainable and economically viable, the General Assemblies have brought their strong support to the ambitious programme of UIC’s International Railway Research Board (IRRB), as well as its initiative to set up the UIC Rail Research & Innovation Awards. The 3rd edition of the Awards concluded with the organisation of the Award ceremony held in St Petersburg in Russia on 1 December 2016.

Through these Awards, the UIC aims to support and promote:

  • The development of theoretical, experimental and applied research in railway transport
  • The development process of international cooperation in this field
  • The promotion and attraction of leading experts from different countries, research institutes, universities, railway operators, infrastructure managers, railway suppliers, passenger transport organizations, governmental bodies in charge of transport and individual researches to address the most important problems and challenges of modern railways
  • The global recognition of role of single researchers and research groups in order to establish rail as the sustainable backbone of the transportation system which is cost-efficient, reliable, safe and secure and therefore will become the mode of choice for passengers and freight forwarders

As well as to:

  • Support and encourage gifted young researchers, stimulate their research work in the sphere of railway transport, prepare a new generation of researchers, lay the foundations for future innovative development of railway transport and attract young researchers in the sphere of railway transport as well as to support the creation of favorable conditions for scientific discoveries and innovative achievements involving young researchers
  • Honour those people who have spent their lifetime trying to innovate and improve the railway system and its services – the Lifetime Achievement Award

Following the previous articles in the series of 2016 Awards we now present you with some information on Mr Igor Lopez, a UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Award Winner in the category of Young Researcher.

Igor Lopez (igor.lopez@ehu.eus) has been a researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the University of the Basque Country since 2013. He received his Master’s degree in Information, Systems and Technology from the University of Paris Sud and his Engineering degree from the University of the Basque Country in 2012. His current research work focuses on railway communication systems, 4G mobile networks, communication reliability mechanisms and cyber security for railway signalling networks. His PhD programme is a public-private programme between the I2T Research Group and railway manufacturer Construction & Auxiliary of Railways (CAF). In 2015 he was a visiting researcher at the International Railway Association (UIC). During this stay, he collaborated in the Argus project linked to cyber security in the railway domain. Since 2016 he has also been a lecturer at the University of the Basque Country. Within the I2T Research Group activities, he has participated in FP7 European Research Projects and currently he is involved in the Shift2Rail project about cyber security in the railway domain.

The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is becoming a worldwide de facto standard for high-speed railway signalling. The major shortcomings of this system come from two facts; on the one hand its attachment to a single radio-bearer technology, the Global System for Mobile Communications-Railway (GSM-R), on the other hand, its security limitations to overcome radio jamming attacks. The motivation of this proposal is to provide an integral solution which makes the European Train Control System (ETCS) bearer independent, while the resiliency against intentional or unintentional electromagnetic disturbances is increased.

Aligned with the transition of ERTMS communications towards IP technology, we propose the adoption of Multipath TCP (MPTCP) protocol, an extension of TCP, which is able to provide network end-to-end redundancy. Moreover, this protocol allows the use of heterogeneous radio technologies concurrently, allowing the coexistence of multiple radio bearers in the same corridor. Two different schedulers are proposed under this protocol in order to extend the Class B and Class D redundancy from RBC-RBC communications, defined in the Subset-098, to the train-to-ground safety communications.

According to the simulation tests carried out under electromagnetic disturbances, the proposed multipath protocol is able to detect the disturbance in a transparent way for the ETCS application and react to it, forwarding the ETCS traffic through the secondary available radio bearer and keeping the ETCS service working.

For more information about the UIC International Rail Research Board – IRRB and the Global Research & Innovation Awards, please contact Dennis Schut:

schut@uic.org

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Belgium: Sophie Dutordoir appointed CEO of SNCB in March

Sophie Dutordoir has been CEO and Chair of the SNCB Management Board since 7 March 2017.

Sophie Dutordoir was born in Ghent, Belgium in 1962. A graduate in Roman philology and a holder of a degree in business and financial studies, she completed the CEDEP General Management course in Fontainebleau (France).

From 1984 – 1989 she was spokesperson for a number of ministers and advisor to the Prime Minister.

Having joined Electrabel (Engie) in 1990, Sophie Dutordoir acted successively as Director of Financial and Coporate Communications, Director of Marketing and Sales, and Member of the Executive Board.

In May 2007, Sophie Dutordoir was appointed Chair of the Executive Committee and CEO of Fluxys (quoted company, GRT gaz, LNG terminal), a role that she held until her return to Engie in January 2009 where she was appointed Managing Director and CEO and Chair of GDF Seuz Energy Benelux & Germany Division.

Sophie Dutordoir is an independent director of BNP Paribas Fortis and Valeo.

UIC congratulates Sophie Dutordoir on her recent appointment and wishes her every success in her new role.

(Source: SNCB)

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United States: Ex Officio member appointed to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors

On May 11, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors Chair Dan Richard issued the following statement regarding the appointment of California Assembly member Dr. Joaquin Arambula as an Ex Officio Board member to the Board by Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon.

We thank the California Assembly for the appointment of Dr. Joaquin Arambula to the Authority Board of Directors as an Ex Officio member,” said Richard. “Dr. Arambula has been a long-time advocate of California’s high-speed rail program, and has sought to ensure that the residents of the Central Valley see the benefits of the ongoing construction of high-speed rail. He will make a valuable and welcome addition to our Board, and we welcome his thoughts and his voice.”

Dr. Joaquin Arambula was elected in April 2016 in a special election to represent California’s 31st Assembly District. Since 2007, Dr. Arambula has served in a senior position with California Emergency Physicians (CEP) at Adventist Hospital in Selma, and was appointed Medical Director in early 2013. In the Assembly, his focus is
on efforts to increase access to healthcare for low-income Californians, fight for increased water supplies for the Central Valley and improve air quality. He currently lives in Fresno with his family.

In 2016, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1813, which added two non-voting ex officio members to the Board. The Honorable Jim Beall was appointed to the Authority’s Board of Directors as an Ex Officio Board member in March by the Senate Committee on Rules.

(Source: CHSRA)

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Russia: Russian Railways and Japan’s Ministry of Health to create a Japanese-Russian centre for preventive medicine and diagnostics

Oleg Belozerov, President of Russian Railways, and Kazuo Futagawa, Japan’s Deputy Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, have signed an agreement on the preparation of a feasibility study for the creation of a Japanese-Russian centre for preventive medicine and diagnostics.

The parties agreed to prepare an economic model for the establishment of a medical centre on the basis of the Russian Railways’ Clinical Hospital in Khabarovsk, which is about 800 kilometres north of Vladivostik in Russia’s Far East.

The centre’s medical concept includes the creation of a diagnostic, preventive and rehabilitation unit, as well as a telemedicine centre for remote consultations and video conferencing with Japanese specialists.

The parties intend to combine the best Russian and Japanese preventive healthcare and diagnostics practices and improve the quality of medical care in the Far Eastern region.

Representatives of the parties - the Central Directorate of Health, a branch of Russian Railways, and Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare - will continue to work together on developing the project’s key financial indicators and selecting an investment partner.

In December 2016, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between Russian Railways and Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in the field of medicine and health. The parties expressed their intention to contribute to increasing the length of healthy lives for Russian and Japanese citizens and agreed to undertake the necessary efforts to achieve progress in this area, in particular, to promote preventive medicine in the Russian Far East, including Khabarovsk.

(Source: RZD)

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Switzerland: SBB’s Preview Trip Planner App

Swiss Railways continue their development of combined mobility systems with Catch a Car

With SBB’s Trip Planner app, customers can plan and book their journeys from door to door, by train, bus, bike or car. An attractive new service is now available to complement the Preview version launched in December 2016: travellers can use the SBB app to view routes and book Catch Cars from the leading Swiss free-floating car-share provider. This service is available initially in the cities of Geneva and Basel.

SBB is shaping future mobility in collaboration with its partners. It is becoming more and more important to be able to plan trips individually, from door to door, using the fastest or the least expensive means of transport, or that most suited to our needs. With its Preview Trip Planner app, SBB is taking into account the fact that customers want to plan their trip from door to door, combining, comparing and booking different means of transport, whether using public transport, private vehicles, car sharing or bike sharing. With Catch a Car, a subsidiary of Mobility, SBB is continuing to supplement the services provided by its test version of the Trip Planner app. As of now, travellers can take Catch a Car offers into consideration when planning their journeys and book using the app. The booking is then displayed in the menu on the list of travel reservations.

Catch a Car currently has 220 vehicles available in the cities of Geneva and Basel. They are accessible 24 hours a day, on a self-service basis. A Catch a Car can be used freely to travel from A to B. This means a car can be located using the app, and then left after the journey within the Catch a Car zone in any public parking space accessible with a resident’s permit. Catch a Car rates are calculated by the minute, with different tariffs for driving, when parked or at night. After a one-off registration, customers can book using their membership card or with a Swiss Pass.
Catch a Car’s future development is dependent on customer demand. SBB is adapting door-to-door transport to suit its customers and the conditions on its key markets. Given the rapid changes in modes of transport, the company is constantly studying new forms of cooperation, including in the field of combined mobility.
SBB is planning to incorporate rapidly other mobility and service-provider partners into the Trip Planner app. After Catch a Car, they plan to integrate the taxi service platform go!, provided by well-known national companies within the next few weeks.

Further information can be found by opening the link in a new browser window on www.cff.ch/monvoyage or www.catch-a-car.ch.

On the move, today and in the future.

The transport needs of customers change, new operators enter the market, and digitalisation and automation create new opportunities. SBB is combining the advantages of rail travel with the potential provided by new technology, all along the mobility chain, having a constant regard to the provision of excellent value for money. It is modernising the rail system, investing in infrastructure and new services while reducing overall costs. SBB is developing its stations and the areas surrounding them, creating transport hubs and attractive living spaces. It is working on the concept of creating sustainable services, leveraging the environmental advantages of rail and testing innovative transport solutions. As the backbone of the Swiss public transport system, SBB is creating the transport systems of the future: simple, personalised and integrated.

(Source: SBB)

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Germany: Networked trucks – DB Schenker and MAN intensify their partnership for autonomous driving

High-tech trucks on the highway: the new project by DB Schenker and MAN is the first time that a logistics company and a vehicle manufacturer have cooperated to develop networked truck convoys for use in the logistics business. The two companies signed a cooperation agreement on this technology, also known as platooning, at the “transport logistic” in Munich today.
For the first time, truck platoons will be tested for several months in an authentic road traffic environment as part of DB Schenker’s regular business operations.

Another first is that instead of test drivers at the wheel, the vehicles will be steered by professional truck drivers. During the test phase, which will begin in spring 2018, DB Schenker and MAN will operate platoons on the “Digital Motorway Test Field” on the A 9 motorway between the DB Schenker branches in Munich and Nuremberg.

Each platoon will consist of two trucks. To begin with, the trucks will run without a load, so that the driving conditions can be tested in ordinary traffic situations and the drivers trained in how to operate the vehicles. This will also give them the chance to learn the special driving techniques. This will be followed by weekly and later daily test runs. During the course of 2018, the tests will move on to regular trips carrying real freight, with the platoons running between the DB Schenker logistics centres in Munich and Nuremberg up to three times a day.

When does it make sense to form a platoon? What is the best way to make up and disband platoons according to the individual situation and traffic conditions? These are core questions that the parties plan to answer in the course of their cooperation. The tests will also examine what data has to be transmitted to the manufacturer and logistics specialists to achieve optimum monitoring of the platoon. In that connection, they will also address issues such as data transmission and the provision of information to the leading pilot driver, for instance how up-to-date alerts about road works can be communicated to the driver in order to disband the platoon in good time.

Networked and autonomous driving will revolutionise transport in future. On signing this contract, we are not only consolidating our cooperation with MAN, but also corroborating our claim to be the driver of digital business models in the interests of our customers. Platooning provides us and our customers with a solution to the demand for completely transparent, as well as faster and more eco-friendly transport processes. We are confident that these tests will deliver information about the specific potential for increasing efficiency in real operating conditions over a prolonged period,” says Ewald Kaiser, Chief Operating Officer Freight at DB Schenker.

DB Schenker is also interested in learning how to draw up the optimum platooning deployment plan within its own logistics processes. For instance, how will logistics centres have to be designed and equipped in future in order to load and unload networked truck convoys as quickly as possible?

And finally, both parties also wish to find out how this new technology is accepted by professional drivers. A parallel study will involve scientific evaluation of the participating truck drivers’ experience and analysis of the test drive records in terms of the platoons’ interaction with other traffic participants: How do the drivers cope with the use of this new technology? How can the driver’s work be extended or adjusted and what changes will this entail for vocational education and training for professional drivers? This data will also help them to assess what other activities the drivers in the second truck would be permitted to perform during autonomous driving phases. Both partners consider the project as a platform to take further steps towards autonomous driving in parallel or following the platooning project.

Gerhard Klein, Head of Engineering Central at MAN, stresses the importance of this project from the vehicle manufacturer’s point of view: “For MAN, this cooperation with DB Schenker is a major milestone en route to the launch of autonomous driving. Amongst other things, MAN already conducted the “Konvoi” research project between 2005 and 2009, testing platoons of up to four vehicles. This was followed in 2016 by participation in the European Truck Platooning Challenge. Together with DB Schenker, we are now transferring the research findings acquired in the course of these projects into concrete logistics applications for the first time. By working together with the logistics planners and the drivers, we are directly involving the users during the test and development phases. This is a huge step forwards which will eventually enable us to apply this technology in day-to-day operations.”

The term platooning refers to a vehicle system for road traffic in which at least two trucks can drive on the motorway with only a short distance between them with the help of technical systems. All the vehicles in the platoon are linked up to one another by means of electronic “drawbars” in the form of car-to-car communication. The leading vehicle determines the speed and direction. The distance between the individual trucks is around ten metres, equivalent to roughly half a second’s driving time. The electronic links between the individual vehicles in the platoon guarantee the safety of operations. The primary objective of this procedure is to enable slipstreaming and thus achieve fuel savings of up to ten per cent for the entire platoon. The reduction in fuel consumption also reduces carbon emissions.

Further information about the subject of digitalisation at DB Schenker is available at www.deutschebahn.com/Digitale_Innovationen

(Source: DB)

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