Tuesday 8 September 2020

UIC to chair IRITS webinar on how to inspire rail passenger confidence

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Major rail operators and cutting-edge solution providers will take part in the webinar ‘Providing a healthy environment for rail passengers’ on 18 September 2020. The webinar is Part One of a four-part series that investigates ‘The power of digital to inspire rail passenger confidence’, and is produced by the International Railway Summit in association with Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and Industrial IoT experts Advantech.

The webinar will be moderated by Marc Guigon, UIC’s Passenger Director, Coordinator Latin America & Coordinator Covid-19 Taskforce. UIC has provided leadership and guidance for the rail sector to combat the pandemic and Mr Guigon will share the insights and best practice gathered and shared by its worldwide membership.

During the current pandemic, the railway sector has been looking far and wide for answers to new and difficult questions. Operators are looking for safe ways for passengers to return. Governments and authorities need services to remain viable to help drive economic recovery. Passengers, meanwhile, seek confidence in the information being provided, the guidance to be followed and the hygiene measures being undertaken.

The webinar will focus on digital technologies and operational strategies which can directly foster a healthy environment; topics that could be covered includehealth scans, ventilation, and sanitisation.

A global audience will hear from SBB’s Leader in Innovation and Technology Management, Olivier Waeber, and Yasunari Nakajima, Director Paris Office, East Japan Railway Company (JR East), on the challenges the operators have faced and the changes they have made to bring passengers back safely. Stéphane Feray Beaumont, Alstom’s VP Innovation & Smart Mobility, will share the technical knowledge and support the company can bring to bear at this time, and elaborate on the work of Alstom’s Healthier Mobility working group.

Maurice van der Aa, Advantech’s Senior Product Sales Manager & Solution Architect Intelligent Systems, will showcase Advantech’s technologies and approach to inspiring rail passenger confidence. Mr van der Aa will present the company’s AI-powered facial recognition solution, which is used to identify unhealthy passengers.
The four-part webinar series ‘The power of digital to inspire rail passenger confidence’ is produced in association with SBB.

Each webinar in the series will tackle a different aspect of the passenger journey. Other sessions will explore digital solutions on how we can encourage and maintain social distancing, manage passenger flow in stations and benefit from smarter ticketing.

Registration is free at the International Railway Summit website: http://www.irits.org/irswebinars/providing-a-healthy-environment-for-rail-passengers/

For more information: please contact Anuja Raut, IRITS Events at anuja.raut@irits.org

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