Women in transport: UIC’s contribution to the ITF Compendium

As part of the 2018 edition of the International Transport Forum (ITF) held in Leipzig last May, a Compendium was prepared by ITF on “Women in Transport: Safety and Security”.

This subject is one of the common topics shared between UIC and UITP in the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding approved last July in Madrid during the UIC General Assembly.

UIC participated in this ITF compendium with a cross-sectoral approach through a common paper prepared together by Carole Escolan-Zeno, Head of the Sustainable Development Unit, Jacques Colliard, Head of the Security Unit and Bernard Penners, Head of the Safety Unit.

The article is available at:

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European Research Project SAFER-LC (Safer Level Crossing), held its mid-term conference on 10 October 2018 in Madrid at the Spanish Railway Foundation (FFE)

The SAFER-LC project, funded by the European Commission within H2020 programme and addressing the issue of safety of level crossings, presented the mid-term results and the way forward on 10 October in Madrid, in the presence of around 80 participants from 18 countries in Europe.

The SAFER-LC project led by UIC, started in May 2017 and will last 36 months. It aims to improve safety and minimise risk by developing a fully-integrated cross-modal set of innovative solutions and tools for the proactive management and design of level-crossing infrastructure. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723205. The SAFER-LC Consortium is composed of 17 partners from 10 different countries (France, Finland, Norway, Spain, Greece, Germany, Italy, Belgium Hungary and Turkey): rail and road associations (UIC, IRU), infrastructure managers and railway operators (SNCF, TRAINOSE), rail research institutes and universities (CEREMA, FFE, IFSTTAR, VTT, NTNU, DLR, UNIROMA3, UTBM), and SMEs and providers (Commsignia, Geoloc Systems, Intader).

This one-day conference was opened by Mr César Lopez, General Manager of the Spanish Railway Foundation (FFE), who underlined the importance of integrating both road and rail visions for improving safety and security at level crossing. Jacques Colliard, Head of UIC Security Division, put emphasis on the interest of European funded projects to bring together experts from the road and rail sectors with complementary skills.

The first two sessions were dedicated to the SAFER-LC project achievements, the ongoing work and the next steps within specific work packages.

Regarding Human Factors at level crossings, two main achievements were presented:

  • The Human Factors assessment tool: this tool has been developed and will be applied to assess the solutions evaluated within the project from a human perspective in the short- and long-term, for example from the point of view of behavioural improvement, acceptance, reliably, usability.
  • A set of measures to enhance LC Safety has been collected and will be tested and evaluated, for example: LCs as self-explaining as possible, improving visibility, using signs and symbols that road users are familiar with, conveying relevant message via onboard systems.

The second session was dedicated to technical solutions for smarter Level Crossings.
Ongoing development focuses on:

  • Technologies to detect dangerous situations such as an advanced off-line video surveillance system based on machine learning for modelling and analysing LC user behaviour in order to assess the risk at LC, optimised real time Automatic Incident Detection (AID) dedicated to LC (detection of dangerous situations such as vehicles stopping at LC, vehicles zig-zagging on the LC, pedestrians crossing while barriers are closed, etc.) and newly developed and readily available smart wireless sensing technologies as well as photogrammetric device, for monitoring and remote maintenance of LC.
  • Communication systems to increase awareness of users (road users and rail infrastructure managers and operators) on this detected situation. V2X, ITS-G5, LTE, communication systems will be integrated and tested to share the information related to the dangerous situations detected.

These developments will be integrated, tested and evaluated from both technical and human factors perspective in the next phase of the project. Three types of testing environments have been selected: simulation, controlled environment, real-world field tests. Nine pilot tests are now being implemented and the tests will be trialled until April 2019.

The next sessions were dedicated to learning from related projects at national and international level:

  • ADIF, Spanish Railway Infrastructure Manager, described the LC protections system in Spain as well as an ongoing research project on new real time surveillance system based on artificial vision.
  • INSPIDE, a technology company that collaborates with the Innovation Plan of the Spanish Directorate-General for Traffic DGT, presented the onboard vehicle solution COMOBITY to better protect vulnerable users (cyclists and pedestrians).
  • CDV, Research centre for transport in the Czech Republic, explained the risk factors at level crossings with flashing lights in the Czech Republic.
  • FPZ, the University of Zagreb which works closely with Croatian Infrastructure Manager (HZ) gave an overview on the level crossing safety campaign in Croatia.
  • PRORAIL, Rail Infrastructure Manager in the Netherlands, described innovative measures recently deployed.
  • SAFE STRIP H2020 project on “Safe and Green Sensor Technologies for self-explaining and forgiving Road Interactive applications” was presented by ERTICO. A Safer Rail Crossings User Case will be developed and tested together with SAFER-LC.
  • DIGIM UIC Global project on Digital Impacts on Business processes was also presented and in particular the POC (Proof Of Concept) developed by VIA Rail Canada on how to estimate the closing time of LCs and advise cars drivers on good behaviour (waiting or taking alternative routes).

Finally, the next steps of the SAFER-LC project were explained as follows:

  • Execution of the Pilot Tests
  • Evaluation of the measures from technical and human factors point of view
  • Development of business models
  • Design and development of the toolbox to gather solutions and recommendations to prevent accidents at LC

Rail and road infrastructure managers and operators, safety authorities, level crossing users, C-ITS providers, standardisation bodies, policy makers and researchers and other stakeholders involved in enhancing safety of level crossings will be kept informed on the outputs and results of the project.

The presentations and the achievements of the SAFER-LC project are publicly available on the website at

For further information please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Project Coordinator, UIC Security Division:

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SMGG meeting and Scientific and Organising committee of UIC nextstation 2019 held from 7 – 8 October 2018 in Tehran

The third SMGG meeting of 2018 and the preparatory meetings for the UIC nextstation 2019 conference were held at RAI headquarters in Tehran on 7 and 8 October. The meetings were attended by the members of the SMGG group from UIC, ADIF, SNCF, SNCB/NMBS, and RZD, UITP and the managers and experts of RAI.

In his opening speech of the SMGG meeting, Mr Maziayar Yazdani, Vice-President of RAI for Infrastructure and Technical Issues, who has been appointed Chairman of the Scientific and Organising committee of the UIC nextstation 2019 conference in Iran, referred to the longstanding cooperation between RAI and UIC and acknowledged his appreciation of UIC services and expertise provided to its members. Mr Yazdani announced that there good prospects for rail development in Iran, that rail transport is among the top priorities of the government of Iran and the Iranian President has placed great emphasis on rail development both on a national level as well as connecting the rail network to their neighbouring countries.

After a round table regarding the activities of the members and a presentation about Iranian railway stations, the group carried on working on the Long-Term Development for Railway Stations (LTDRS) project. The Russian firm IEC, in charge of the first work package (Benchmark on quality assessment for railway stations) presented the project’s action plan and timeframe. In order to establish a relevant and comprehensive state-of-the-art, UIC and IEC are inviting you to answer to these two questionnaires below:

You are also welcome to share these links with your colleagues in charge of infrastructure management and customer managers.

A discussion about Work Package 2 of the LTDRS then took place to initiate work on the mentioned project by the beginning of 2019.

Work Package 2 aims to provide station managers with the required tools to implement and manage smart solutions in stations for a more efficient and sustainable management of stations (buildings and services) and will be based on the 6th UIC nextstation conference held in Madrid in 2017 under the theme “Smart stations for smart cities.”

The Scientific and Organising Committees of the 7th UIC nextstation conference was held on 8 October. After productive exchanges between the members of SMGG, UIC and RAI staff, it was agreed that the conference would be held on 11 and 12 November 2019 in Tehran, followed by a technical visit to Esfahan on 13 and 14 of the same month. In addition, the motto of event was unanimously defined by the scientific committee as “Railway Stations Boosting the City."

UIC invites you to consult the topics of the parallel sessions for the event:

  • Station management and station financing
  • Sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Mobility, Accessibility and Interconnectivity
  • Services & Commercial
  • Interaction between stations and cities
  • Station Design
  • Safety & Security
  • Smart Technology

On the last day, 9 October, RAI organised a technical visit to Tehran’s Railway station where it presented its future project for transforming not also the station, but its surrounding neighbourhoods.

UIC would like to thank its members for their collaboration and investment that resulted in such successful meetings.

For further information please contact Clément Gautier, Project Manager – Passenger Department, Station and Intermodal Hubs:

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Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) working group meeting held on 5 October 2018 in Paris

The latest meeting of the Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) group was held on 5 October at UIC Paris Headquarters. There were representatives from PKP SKM, Korail, BLS, Euskotren and JR East. UIC was represented by Mr Marc Guigon, Director of the Passenger Department, Clément Gautier and Amin Saadoui from the same department and Marie-Hélène Bonneau and Bernard Penners from the Security and Safety Departments respectively.

During this meeting, the group focused on the progress of work relating to the on CRTS project handbook. The “Ticketing Systems” chapter was presented to the members for review and comments and a discussion led by the heads of the UIC Safety and Security Departments took place regarding the “Comprehensive Protection” chapter of the handbook.

The CRTS project handbook aims to provide guidelines and recommendations to commuter and regional rail operators on how to initiate and manage CRT operations covering ticketing, safety and security, legal and communication issues, challenges and best practices.

In addition to work on the handbook, the members discussed diverse topics regarding the future activities of the group and presented ideas for potential future projects to be carried out within the CRTS group.

This group is open to all UIC members, so do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to participate.

For further information please contact Amin Saadoui, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

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Reporting Promoting

20th European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF) Plenary meeting ILCAD Task Force meeting held on 9 October 2018 at the Spanish Railway Foundation (FFE) in Madrid

Jeroen Nederlof, Level Crossing Manager at ProRail, Netherlands and ELCF Chairman together with Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Advisor, Safety at UIC welcomed all participants (see photos).

They warmly thanked FFE for hosting ELCF plenary and ILCAD Task Force meetings for the first time in Spain since ELCF’s creation in 2005.

As a reminder of what ELCF is:
The European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF) is a working group that brings together key stakeholders in order to exchange information and provide experiences and lessons for improving the management of the “at-grade road/rail interface” (level crossings).
ELCF has been a working group of the UIC Safety Platform from November 2017.
ILCAD is an initiative that was born from ELCF in 2008.

Aida Herranz, Project Manager –R&D Department at FFE introduced FFE
The Railways Spanish Foundation is entrusted with the recovery, custody, generation and dissemination of the cultural, scientific and technological railway heritage, with the willingness to collaborate with the rail sector.
FFE promotes the Spanish railways, run three museums (one in Barcelona, two in Madrid), organises training sessions, manages the VIALIBRE magazine, cultural activities, has an R&D Department, runs a technological platform.
Finally, FFE has been a partner of ILCAD since 2013:,470.html

Bernard Penners, Manager Safety Unit of UIC gave an overview of “Level crossing (LC) worldwide statistics according to the UIC safety data base”
UIC also publishes some statistics on LCs on the ILCAD website: for example for the Netherlands,467.html

Danijela Baric, Head of Chair for Road Transport Technology, University of Transport and Traffic Sciences Zagreb presented: “Young level crossing users – how they behave at LCs: results of a survey conducted in May and June 2018

Pavlina Skladana, Researcher at CDV – Czech Transport Research Centre also presented a project on young LC users and young trespassers and educational clips for children and youth “Tracks belong to trains”.

Jeroen Nederlof, Manager Level Crossings at ProRail presented a suggestion to improve the visibility of freight trains arriving at a LC by putting a Contour marking of freight trains: This solution may reduce accidents at night on passive level crossings.”

Finally, in the afternoon the ILCAD Task Force gave a debrief on national educational and awareness campaigns and activities carried out during ILCAD 2018. Some examples:

Sara Whalley, Researcher at FFE presented: FFE actions during ILCAD 2018.
For more info visit,470.html
They reached out to rail sector professionals, used existing networks, the railway technology platform coordinated by FFE composed of railway stakeholders, WGs related to safety and security.
The Communications Department at FFE sent the press release to media contacts, to contacts through the training centre, to schools….
They targeted groups of elderly people in museums in 2016 when ILCAD focused on elderly people.
They published articles in the FFE monthly magazine, and daily on the FFE online news bulletin on which they relayed the information: 7000 recipients. They also published on social media.
They also exhibited ILCAD material at the entrance of the FFE building, on screens in the railway museums, in some spaces dedicated for children.
They organised workshops and talks to people visiting the museums. They used ILCAD videos and posters for children of primary and secondary schools. The children could see a mock-up of a LC and watch ILCAD videos.

In 2018 they could build their own LC. FFE informed them of the risks at LCs, in the presence of the teachers and pass on materials.
On a national scale: There was a commitment of ADIF with a programme #YoCruzoSeguro” to work on rail safety education: open lines, LC, platforms… Interventions are organised in particular locations in Spain throughout the year. The Spanish NSA is also very interested, they are commissioned to produce online awareness supports targeting different audiences.

Herbert Ofner, Communication at ÖBB INFRA
Herbert presented what ÖBB INFRA has been carried out during ILCAD 2018 in Austria. For more information please visit,493.html
He informed the meeting that ÖBB have reduced the number of LCs in Austria by half from 2000 to 2017. They have also reduced the number of casualties by three.
He presented three videos:

Their main activities in 2018 as in 2017 were reaching out to driving schools to raise awareness of driving license teachers. Some driving teachers were invited inside the cabins of locomotives to get the train drivers’ view of the tracks. Journalists were also invited. They therefore had an important coverage in many newspapers and on TV.
He showed a video of an interview of a locomotive driver.
A spot was produced by ÖBB INFRA and shown in the cinemas. Other spots were produced on trespassing and safety on platforms: “Die Bahn ist kein Spielplatz”.
Half of the 20 000 pupils and hundreds of schools are visited a year. Videos are a basis for awareness sessions.

Sanja Paic, Promotional Communications Expert at HZ INFRA and Danijela Baric, University of Transport and Traffic Sciences in Zagreb:
They informed participants of the “ILCAD 2018 Launch conference 2018 in Zagreb”
They also reported that HZ INFRA have been organising awareness campaigns for 20 years in Croatia.
In 2016 HZ INFRA started to work with the Faculty of Transport on a national road traffic safety programme including level crossing safety.
Sanja Paic gave an overview of their activities and particularly during ILCAD.
There was good feedback about the conference from the Croatian and worldwide attendance, and good feedback from the media.
She stressed the power of sharing experiences, ideas, through ELCF and ILCAD. Both thanked UIC for giving HZ INFRA and the Faculty of Transport for being the hosts.

Watch the summary of the conference and side events organised on 6, 7 and 8 June here:

Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Senior Advisor Safety: ILCAD 2018
She gave an overview of the ILCAD worldwide campaign 2018 and the events in 2018 please read
Or visit
Three posters were available in different languages.

CFL LC Safety Spot, Luxembourg

ILCAD was officially launched through a press conference and a roundtable.
The event was hosted by the Croatian railway infrastructure manager, HZ Infrastruktura, together with the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences.

She mentioned the special issue on level crossing safety for ILCAD 2018

Erwin Woord, Communication Advisor at Prorail: “2019 launch conference: welcome to the Netherlands”
Erwin showed a film on ProRail
He presented what ProRail has been organising so far within ILCAD or during their national campaigns,467.html
They have a national programme as a whole to close public accessible passive crossings.
25% of accidents last year were caused by professional drivers. They have organised different awareness campaigns so far:

  • One for elderly people
  • One for professional drivers, made a professional clip, with a Dutch singer who was also a truck driver, shown as a super hero

He also mentioned their education/awareness programme for children and young people.

Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Senior Advisor Safety: “ILCAD 2019 campaign
Isabelle Fonverne, Erwin Woord and Jeroen Nederlof from ProRail officially gave the date of the next ILCAD worldwide campaign and the launch conference to take place on 6 June 2019 in the Netherlands, exact location to be confirmed later. Please read the save the date attached.

Every year for each ILCAD campaign a public to target and a motto are chosen.

One of the major safety risks for the railways outside collisions with non-authorized persons walking on or around the tracks, are collisions with obstacles at level crossings. These obstacles can be vehicles but also vulnerable road users.

Since rail and road traffic has considerably increased over the last decades, this particular interface has become more and more risky for the users as well as for the railways, their staff and customers. It is particularly true when collisions happen with heavy haul road vehicles or buses/coaches.

In each country we have known a certain number of collisions with heavy and large vehicles that have sometimes severe material consequences and cause casualties.
Therefore, it was decided that are the public to target in 2019 should be professional drivers (truck, coach, bus, taxi, farming and industrial vehicles). The 2019 motto: The most important STOP of the day!

For further information please contact Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Senior Safety Advisor:

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UIC participated in a webinar organised by Russell Publishing

On 9 October, UIC Director General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux participated in a webinar organised by Russell Publishing entitled “Digital Rail Revolution: What are the top five trends and challenges in rail digitalisation?” and moderated by Christine Kraft, Project Manager of ETCS at DB Kommunikationstechnik (Telecommunication technology). The webinar was followed by over 100 registrants joining it live from a variety of locations.

Among the keynote speakers there were Marleen Verheyen, Strategic Coordinator at Infrabel, Dieter Galle, Data Scientist at Infrabel, Ivan Rochford, Business Engineer at SKF, and Jean-Pierre Loubinoux. Among the themes discussed were:

  • Cyber security – with the widespread use of IoT, how can operators and authorities protect themselves and their customers?
  • Smart assets – in what ways can they improve operations, how can they be retro-fitted and what are companies using them for?
  • Predictive maintenance – how can the positives be monitored and how can the technology be used to its fullest potential?
  • Signalling – how can train companies maintain and operate ERTMS safely? What are the positives of train companies sharing their best practice?
  • IoT – how can train companies ensure IoT devices are able to withstand harsh railway environments?
  • Focusing on the passenger – how can we improve the passenger journey and experience with new digital initiatives?

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux gave his top five trends and challenges in rail digitalisation:

  • Productivity in capacity optimisation and predictability of maintenance
  • Safety & cyber safety and security, facial recognition, intelligent mix of telecom protocols and signalling processes
  • Dematerialised services, in real time, thanks to Wi-Fi and 5G connectivity, and the development of connected objects
  • Management of the interfaces to ensure the fluidity of the logistics chain in railway stations and intermodal logistic centres
  • Thanks to creativity, preserving artificial intelligence and machine learning as tools serve human intelligence, itself serving society
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UIC Conference on Standardisation to be held on 6 November 2018 at Paris UIC headquarters

Register before 31 October – places are limited!

Rail being the inherently systemic network that it is, needs to be able to work in seamless harmony with a wide range of stakeholders so that trains are able to operate with the minimum of fuss and with maximum efficiency.

UIC has been in the business of supporting the railway sector in achieving these objectives ever since its first ‘UIC Leaflet’ was published in 1928.

Evolving the railway system to ensure that this multi-modal objective is achievable in the digital era, is important to this. Understanding the role that standards can play in contributing to this innovative evolution will be the topic of the standardisation event that UIC is hosting at its Paris HQ on 6 November.

With an overview of the role that the UIC has in this activity and with the contributions of a variety of speakers from the operating community, standards bodies and innovation programmes, the event will seek to answer the question.

Click here to consult the programme:

For more information please contact Mouna Bennouna, Programme Coordinator Passenger & Freight, Standardisation Unit:

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Register now for the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” from 15 – 16 November 2018 in Warsaw

Register here:

The UIC International Rail Research Board (IRRB) and Instytut Kolejnictwa – the Polish Railway Research Institute (IK) are jointly organising an international event entitled “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” to be held from 15 – 16 November 2018, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw City Centre, Poland.

The International Railway Research Board (IRRB) is one of UIC’s working bodies in which UIC members from all over the world participate along with renowned research institutes and academia. One of the key elements and primary goals of the IRRB activities has been the development of a high-level document, “A Global Vision for Railway Development” – or in short the “GVRD”. This GVRD will be updated and published by the end of 2019.

Each year, a substantial number of conferences and other events are being organised in the area of rail transport. Those dealing with research mainly consist of presenting the results of previous and ongoing research. The IRRB has taken the initiative to plan and organise this future oriented event: the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society”.

The aim of this event is to stimulate an “out-of-the-box” discussion on transport needs and the ideal transport system in 2050 and the role of railways/guided transport systems therein.

The Debate will focus on the following areas:

  • New mobility system concepts
  • Towards an integrated transport system
  • IT – new opportunities and threats
  • Competitiveness of transport stakeholders
  • Sustainability and resilience of the transport system

The Global Debate will be launched by an opening ceremony, featuring presentations by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – UIC Director General, Prof Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman (RZD) and Dr Andrzej Żurkowski – IRRB Vice-Chairman and Director of IK.

Following the official opening, five keynote speeches will be given, linked to each of the five areas mentioned above. The afternoon session will be split into five thematic parallel debates focused on these areas.

At the beginning of the second day, the conclusions of these parallel debates will be presented by their moderators. It will be followed by the general debate, the main element of the event. The conclusions of this final main debate will be summarised by Prof. Boris Lapidus, IRRB Chairman.
Plenary sessions will be simultaneously interpreted into English, Russian and Polish. Five parallel thematic sessions will be held in English only.

It is our expectation that the outcome from this Global Debate, using a wide range of transport research results as well as multifaceted insights from around the world, will also constitute a crucial input in to the update of the Global Vision for Railway Development document.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager:

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Cooperation Promoting

UIC 1st door-to-door solutions workshop: Business-to-business opportunities for a sustainable urban mobility

14 November 2018 in Warsaw

This event will be an opportunity for railways to discuss business opportunities for the first and last mile solutions, with a strong focus on sustainable solutions.

The goal of the workshop is to open a dialogue between railway companies and urban mobility providers for a new mobility offer to exchange best practices and stimulate partnerships and cooperation, in the frame of the new UIC project “Door-to-door solutions”.

Car sharing, car-pooling, bike sharing, scooter sharing, stations as hubs, MaaS – mobility as a service – tools, journey planners, integration with public transport, electric vehicles facilities and integrated offer: these are areas in which railway companies are engaging with passion. New forms of business can be created for the benefits of customers, citizens and environment.

Participants and speakers will include UIC Members and key stakeholders from the sector especially urban mobility providers.

Introduction 9.30-10.00

Session 1: international overview 10.00-11.00
International stakeholders and organisations bringing insight on a worldwide level: sharing mobility projects, door-to-door projects, world urban mobility, etc.

Session 2: Best practices 11.00-12.30
Speakers from different urban transport sectors will give an overview of several solutions and their experiences in the field of mobility as a service, integrated urban mobility, sharing/pooling, electric charging, etc.

  • Open debate between UIC members and urban mobility providers
    Open debate: Q&A session

Networking lunch 12.30-14.00
This moment provides the opportunity for UIC members and urban mobility providers to share ideas and create relationships and strategic alliances.

Session 3: Business examples and cooperation models 14.30-16.00
The challenges introduced by new mobility require rail companies to adopt a systemic door-to-door approach and propose travel offers capable to provide the final customer with easy solutions to run the first and last mile in a sustainable, efficient and comfortable way. Some EU rail companies have already acted in this sense, while others are starting now to focus on this important aspect of co-modality. The session will present an overview of door-to-door models already in place as well as new plans to come, providing information on challenges and opportunities in the set-up of partnerships with urban mobility providers.

This will be followed by an open debate with UIC members inspired to launch door-to-door partnerships.

Open debate: Q&A session

Conclusions and next steps 16.00-16.30

To register, please follow this link:
Note that the event is free of charge. Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Following this event, the UIC event Global debate on mobility challenges for future society will take place on 15 and 16 November at the same venue. All participants of the door-to-door workshop are welcome to join this event for free. You are invited to register – registration to the door-to-door workshop do not automatically register participants for the Global Debate – and to learn more about this event following this link:

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

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Register now for the UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards, 14 – 15 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand

UIC is pleased to invite you to the UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 14 to 15 November, 2018.

Freight corridors are developing throughout Asia-Pacific, linking east to west and involving different initiatives and projects from many stakeholders, including intergovernmental organisations, funding institutions and multimodal companies, with railways forming the backbone. However, successful business and operations should be supported by internationally recognised and applied interoperable solutions and standards.

The aim of the UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop is to focus on:

  • Interoperability of railway corridors – Experiences and insights
  • Regional integration – Policy directions and capacity building
  • Digitalisation and innovation to meet customer needs
  • Market and business models for longer and faster trains
  • Seamless train operation best practices – Border crossing facilitation – Technical regulations for regional interoperability
  • Synergy of strategies of international organisations

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bangkok!

More information on registration is available on the UIC website:

For further information please contact Beatrice Ségéral:

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News from UIC members

Germany: DB revolutionises precise deliveries with what3words

On 10 October, DB Schenker announced the integration of what3words location technology in the eSchenker portal, improving operational efficiencies by allowing deliveries to be made to any precise three by three meter squares. what3words has divided the world into this squares, each with a unique address made from three dictionary words – a 3 word address. ///smiling.always.seating for example refers to the exact three meter square of the front door to the DB Schenker Head Office in Essen.

The what3words integration will enable more than 110,000 DB Schenker clients, who make over 500,000 bookings a month, to optimize their supply chains by specifying pick-up and drop-off points using a 3 word address.

Markus Sontheimer, CIO/CDO of DB Schenker said: “Our cooperation with what3words is another new service of DB Schenkers connect strategy towards a fully digital eco-system. Especially with regard to trade shows or exhibitions, it provides our drivers with exact delivery points and thus allows us to serve our customers even faster and better.”

Clare Jones, CCO of what3words added: “In a recent study conducted in Germany, we found that 73% deliveries struggle to find a home or business address. And, in more than a quarter of cases, delivery drivers have to seek additional information in order to locate an exact drop-off point. what3words solves this problem for both sides - improving efficiencies and improving customer experience.”

Logistics companies around the world face a global challenge: imprecise addressing. Large sites such as factories, warehouses or events spaces often have several access points, making specific drop-off locations or delivery entrances extremely hard to identify and navigate to. The DB eSchenker portal is paving the way in the logistics industry. By adopting new technologies such as what3words, shipments get to their destination securely and on time, maintaining the highest standard of customer service possible.

Deutsche Bahn invested in what3words in 2016, with the two companies working together on the future of logistics and transportation.

Photos are available via the following link:

(Source: DB)

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News from UIC members

Finland: Finnish Transport Agency signs the European Railway Safety Culture Declaration

The Finnish Transport Agency is Finland’s national infrastructure manager and is, as such, responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the rail network as well as traffic control. The European Union Agency for Railways has drawn up a European Railway Safety Culture Declaration, which it hopes will make the European Union the world leader in railway safety.

The Finnish Transport Agency’s Director-General Kari Wihlman signed the European Railway Safety Culture Declaration on 27 September. By signing the declaration, the Finnish Transport Agency wants to show that it regards railway safety as one of its key values and is committed to promoting safety in all aspects of its business and management.

“Signing the European Railway Safety Culture Declaration was a self-evident move for the Finnish Transport Agency. We play an important role in ensuring and improving the safety of our railways. The principles of the European Railway Safety Culture Declaration will also be incorporated into our management and safety management policies”, said Director-General Wihlman.

The Finnish Transport Agency is also asking its partners and suppliers to commit to the principles of the European Railway Safety Culture Declaration. “Ensuring the safety of our railways is a responsibility shared by all rail transport operators.”

For more information about the European Railway Safety Culture Declaration, please visit

(Source: FTA)

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