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About the UIC Digital Platform

Since the 19th century railways have been a cause and a consequence of the industrial revolution. And they have grown internationally at the service of society. Today in the 21st century they must be an actor and a vector of the digital revolution, with a world dimension.
Railways can better share information, open services and connect people at the service of humanity.

It’s important to highlight also the ongoing mobility revolution, with quantum leap evolutions in passenger experience (sharing economy, permanent connectivity, mobile first, …) and industry 4.0 (Internet of Things allowing predictive maintenance and transforming manufacturing processes, equipment of maintenance workers with mobile devices, …) by mentioning that railways have unevenly embraced this revolution.

Digital is a strategic issue. Objectives are to help share best practices amongst Members and help connect them with start-ups, where innovation actually happens. UIC method is openness. By setting up a dedicated worldwide platform in November 2015, the idea was to build also a community at the service of Railways, in order to “Make Rail smarter” in the coming years and decades.

This platform will foster innovation, help Members activate their projects and their contacts with the digital community. Based on their feedback, six priority topics will be cover first and foremost:

There is also a necessity to include digital in the value chain. Opportunities all along the value chain (internal and external) were mentioned – whilst allowing for the expected risks. In the “greater global digital context”, UIC must prove itself able to meet its Members’ needs, both now and particularly in the future, by furthering the leading-edge dimension of its research activities at global level and maintaining a vision and developing tools/actions/projects which allow UIC to continue supplying added value and global reach.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, highlights:

We are opening a new era of creativity. Digital is at the service of everything. This platform has to be at the service of all
the UIC Platforms, of all UIC Members, and ultimately at the service of society. We want to develop its activities with the motto “Share information, open data, source, innovation,
services, connect people, objects” with an immediate link with security. We are becoming actors and vectors of our security. The future is outside, let’s work with brains!”

UIC Digital Awards

UIC, the international organisation of railways, launched its first UIC DIGITAL AWARDS in 2016.
Together with its Members, railway companies, and through establishing ties with digital stakeholders, UIC is giving you the opportunity to shape the future of mobility!

The UIC Digital Awards in November 2016 – the first Awards in the digital field to be presented by the International Union of Railways (UIC) – seek to recognise the sharing of knowledge between railway companies and start-ups.

These Digital Awards should open new perspectives to the railway sector and to future mobility due to the innovative and creative nature of start-up companies.

Hence, the slogan of this first edition is “Start-ups! Together let’s shape the future of Mobility. UIC is your smart partner, Join the Ecosystem.”

Conditions for participation

Since new innovative solutions can also be developed thanks to a fresh approach, only start-ups could compete.
A start-up is a young innovative company with strong growth potential which is often subject to fundraising.

The jury will be composed of:
  • The chairman of the UIC Digital Platform
  • Executive members of the UIC Digital Platform
  • A figure from the digital sector
  • A representative from the academic sector
  • A representative of a large company specialised in making luggage of the future
  • A representative of a large freight forwarder

The following aspects in particular will be considered:

  • Innovative nature of the project
  • Relevance of the project’s potential for application in the railways
  • Capacity (facility) to implement the project


For any further information please contact Francis Bédel:

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