1st Digital Intelligent Rail Conference jointly organised by UIC and Infrabel to be held from 3 – 5 June 2019 in Brussels

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In this rapidly changing world, UIC’s objectives are to bring new ideas, benchmark and technical solutions into the railway community and to develop a long-term vision sustained by standards and innovations.

In this spirit, UIC is organising the ‘1st Global UIC Digital Intelligent Rail Conference’ in partnership with INFRABEL in Brussels on 3 - 5 June 2019.
This event will be open to the railway community, to the other associations, to the industry partners, to universities and to the global digital ecosystem.
In the 21st century, rail is facing the challenges of the digital revolution.
Several high-level speakers will be present during the conference, such as the following keynote speakers for the opening session:
Brett McMillen, Director of US Amazon Web Services
Jean Michel Mis, Member of the French Government
Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technical Officer Airbus Italy
Ryan Jannise, Vice-President of ORACLE DOD (US Department of Defense)

The DIR Conference will be held in Brussels, at Square - the Brussels Convention Centre. The 3 June will be dedicated to a technical visit, the 4 and 5 June to the speaker’s session.

The main topics are:

  • Operations Panel
    Signalling and Asset Management through digital revolution. A challenge for rail: autonomous trains.
  • Maintenance Panel
    IoT for data collection. Combining big data with artificial intelligence leads to a new maintenance model: how to go from preventive to predictive.
  • Security Panel
    Digital Intelligent Railway creates new opportunities but also new threats. A new approach to security must be implemented: how to combine security and privacy.
  • Passenger Panel
    New services for customers. Intermodality and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) are two key concepts for a new model of mobility.
  • Freight Panel
    Interoperability, safety and security in freight thanks to digitalisation. Mobility also applies to freight.

In parallel to the event, a digital challenge will take place in the exhibition area during the conference.

As sponsors and exhibitors, the DIR Conference offers you several opportunities, with categories of sponsorship from 3,500 Euros up to 25,000 Euros and an exhibition area where you can bring your company’s latest technologies and have the possibility to perform demonstrations.

Register now as a participant, sponsor and exhibitor at

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel, Senior Communications Advisor:

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UIC Workshop on Rail Suicide and Trespass Prevention held on 25 March 2019 in Paris

This workshop was organised at UIC members’ request to follow up on the results of project RESTRAIL (REduction of Suicides and Trespasses on RAILway property). This EU research project ( was coordinated by the UIC Security Division and ended in 2014. A meeting was therefore required to revisit the topic and discuss ways of advancing it at an international level.

The event brought together 56 participants (including six online attendees via a web conference. There were participants from 17 countries: 10 EU member states (France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy), three associated countries (Switzerland, Norway and Ukraine), and four countries from other continents (USA, Canada, Japan and Australia). Participants included relevant and diverse stakeholder groups such as: railway infrastructure managers, train operating companies, metro operators, researchers, academics, police, trade unions and government representatives.

Over the course of one afternoon, 12 speakers presented their experiences over the last five years or the measures taken in their respective countries in order to reduce rail suicides and trespass and to minimise the consequences of these incidents. The workshop agenda can be consulted here:

The first session focused on exchanging up-to-date information within the extended RESTRAIL expert group and identifying recent updates to countermeasures. The presentations allowed a comprehensive collection of updates on safety measures such as: station announcements, anti-trespass panels, electronic entrance gates, intelligent detection cameras, gatekeeper training, anti-suicide campaigns, blue light at stations, platform screen doors and the use of fencing at suicide hotspots.

The second session explored the possibility of conducting further research on the following subtopics: post-traumatic stress among railway staff (primarily among train drivers); interface between platforms, tracks and trains; front profiles of trains and impact reduction measures; behaviour models; and new expert assessment of countermeasures based on the methodology developed in project RESTRAIL, which should consider more recent evidence on countermeasures.

The concluding session also highlighted the common desire to further reinforce cooperation between Europe, North America, Australasia and Africa. On the one hand, the Global Railway Alliance for Suicide Prevention (GRASP), run by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center, is already a powerful initiative in this area. On the other hand, the efforts of the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) also complement RESTRAIL efforts in Europe. A closer cooperation was proposed between UIC/RESTRAIL, GRASP and ACRI experts to bridge the gap between industries, identify gaps in international cooperation on this topic, regularly share best practices on suicide and trespass prevention, promote joint evaluations of countermeasures and collaborate on joint publications.

Thanks to the speakers and participants, it was a very productive and lively workshop. The information collected during the event will be used to update the RESTRAIL toolbox ( with new countermeasure evaluation studies and implementation examples.

For further information please contact Grigore Havarneanu, Research Advisor – Security Division:

For real-time news about the RESTRAIL toolbox, follow the hashtag #RESTRAIL on Social Media.

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21st European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF) Plenary Meeting held on 26 March 2019 in Paris

The meeting was attended by 46 people from 16 different countries including USA and Australia as well as 15 speakers following the UIC Workshop on “Trespassing and suicide prevention” held on 25 March.

Jeroen Nederlof, ProRail, also Chairman of ELCF welcome all participants for his last meeting. He announced his retirement from 1 July after the ILCAD 2019 launch conference hosted by his company ProRail. This is why UIC had launched a call for candidates end of 2018. Mr Allan Spence, Head of Corporate Passenger & Public Safety at Network Rail is one the candidates who applied. He was confirmed and warmly applauded by the participants as the new Chairman of ELCF as from 1 July 2019.
The next ELCF meeting should take place in the autumn 2019 in a hosting ELCF member country.

Then Jeroen Nederlof gave the results of a questionnaire carried out in different countries on “visible markings on freight trains” to increase visibility mainly at passive crossings.
FRA in the USA have worked a lot on this particular issue, we should profit from the results of their work and see if our members are interested in this solution.

Then Jeroen Nederlof proposed to organise a questionnaire on level crossing barriers closure time which is very different from country to country.
A questionnaire on this issue had been prepared within the UIC coordinated project “SAFER-LC”. It was proposed to enlarge this questionnaire and send it to ELCF members.

Grigore Havarneanu, Research Advisor, UIC Security Division, gave a summary of the workshop on trespassing and suicides held on 25 March at UIC HQ. It was decided to organise such a workshop to see how to follow up the RESTRAIL project and its toolbox completed in 2014:
He then presented SAFER-LC project There is a focus on technical solutions, on human processes. He presented the SAFER-LC toolbox which will be conceived in the same manner as the RESTRAIL toolbox but more collaborative, user-friendly. He mentioned the tests carried out from November 2018 with an app installed by CERTH (member of the Safer-LC project) in over 100 taxi cars to warn them of the approach of a train in Thessaloniki. The results are promising.

Allan Spence, Head of Corporate Passenger & Public Safety at Network Rail gave an overview on risks at LCs in Great Britain. Even if there are excellent safety records at LCs in GB the highest risks are mainly at automatic half barrier crossings with many near misses. He presented the solutions considered to improve those half barrier crossings through engineering solutions, red light enforcement cameras and of course education.

Pasi Lautala, Michigan Technology University – USA, Associate Professor, Director, Rail Transportation Program presented “Driver behaviour at level crossings – In-Vehicle Auditory Alerts and Naturalistic Driving Data research in the USA”
Accidents at LC in the USA have decreased a lot since the 1980s but tend to be stable from the last 6 – 7 years. 94% of train-vehicle collisions are attributed to driver behaviour according to the FRA.
Passive crossings are 10 times “riskier” but…there is an increasing number of accidents taking place at “active warning” crossings. He explained the results of a research project on human behaviour to improve this.

Mr Ramón Atochero Velasco, Expert level crossings, ADIF gave an overview of its situation, automatic protection system, data recorder system and R&D project on new technologies, obstacle detection system, and CCTV cameras.

Mr Jarmo Koistinen, Transport and Environmental Safety, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency explained the Finnish “65-Level Crossing Safety program”
He explained that after a collision between a (DMU) train and a military lorry on 26.10.2017 and the fuss around it in the media, the Finnish Ministry of transport put pressure on FTIA to close or upgrade level crossings.
FTIA ranked a certain number of LCs to consider and it was decided to close 65 LCs of them, add cost effective warning systems at 35 LCs on one railway line. Finally, they removed 96 LCs instead of 65, installed barriers at 35 and improved 58 LCs. Many others should be removed by 2021.

Mr Ryutaro UENISHI Senior Manager, West Japan Railway Company presented Innovative efforts against LC accidents”
Since 1987 the number of LC accidents have continuously dropped by more than 80% in 30 years. 144 collisions in 1987 ⇒24 accidents in 2017.
Main reasons: LC removals, passive crossings upgraded into active LC; 3D laser
radar type obstacle detectors, emission of a warning through a radio message to the train
driver warning him of an obstacle on the tracks, smart level crossing system to reduce the
closure time of barriers.

Mr Dave Farman IDS presented the solutions for infrastructure optimisation of basic, standardised, rationalised, dynamic and dynamic rationalised LC types.
Radar and lidar OD are probably the future solutions. Obstacle detectors are used in Japan, Germany, Italy, UK …
Some obstacle detectors detect only vehicles, and some others detect standing or lying down persons, adults and children.

Isabelle Fonverne, UIC, presented on behalf of the UIC digital division the DIGIM programme (Digital impacts on business process) which consists of three projects, two of them related to safety at level crossings and safety of blind passengers inside railway stations. Watch the video

Mr Alain Autruffe, Director LC Programme at SNCF Réseau, and Mr Frédéric Hénon, Manager Dept. System Safety at DG Safety of SNCF.
There are 15000 LC in France. Closing or upgrading all level crossings is not possible, because it is long and very costly. Therefore, there is a need to rank LCs to establish a priority for investments according to certain criteria determined by SNCF.
Some measures are then identified according to the type of crossings. The study helps answering how to optimise the use of available investments forces, to reduce the number of victims at LCs.

Rebecca Warren, Inspector, Fatality Management and Disruption Team at British Transport Police (BTP) explained how to work in partnership with Network Rail to improve safety at level crossings. BTP have embedded Officers at NR. They work at local level with NR LC Managers to deal with localised problems. On a national level they work together on joint campaigns such as Op look and NR led campaigns. Of course, they join NR for the ILCAD campaign each year.

Nikos Kondilas, OSE-Head of Electrification dept and Kostas Kapetanidis, RAS- Head of internal audit presented their “Guide for safe living with the Railway Network for students”. They explained the campaigns carried out for young people on level crossing safety and on the dangers of electrification: nine young people were killed by electrification in eight years. They distributed safety flyers to children, teenagers, drivers, pedestrians. They posted signs at stations. They used ILCAD videos and posters plus pictograms of the UIC/IRU safety tips
From December 2018 until today 4400 students have been informed through their awareness sessions.

Erwin Woord, Communication Advisor, Prorail gave practical information on the ILCAD 2019 launch conference hosted by ProRail in Amersfoort on 5 to 7 June including an international conference on the 6th and a technical visit on the 7th. More info:

Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Senior Advisor Safety gave an overview of ILCAD 2018 and more details on the ILCAD 2019 worldwide campaign.
The public to target this year: Professional drivers.
The motto: The most important stop of the day!
UIC produced 10 posters with different professional vehicles at level crossings representing various countries. They will be released in various languages and available for ILCAD partners to use in their own language and add their logos.
A video compiling footage of collisions with professional vehicles plus an awareness video should also be available free of charge.
To register for the conference, social events, and technical visit, click here Deadline: 26 April 2019
To submit an abstract click here Deadline: 5 April 2019
All other information: venue, list of hotels, are available here:

Finally Isabelle Fonverne and Lauren Benoit, UIC Documentation Centre
informed members that UIC created a playlist called “Safety” within the UIC Video library to make videos available for our members. The videos sent by our members will focus on safety issues for internal and external communication purposes: awareness of dangers on platforms, at level crossings, when trespassing, dangers of electrification, safety of our passengers, safety of railway staff and subcontractors. If you are interested contact us to know about the criteria of submission.
They also reported on a UIC Safety Film festival to be hosted at UIC HQ, on the occasion of our safety platform on 6 November 2019. Further information will be published later.

In the meantime, for more information on ELCF:

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

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UIC will hold the 4th Global Asset Management Conference from 17 – 19 April 2019 in Paris

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The Asset Management Working Group of UIC is organising its 4th international conference dedicated to Asset Management at its Headquarters in Paris from 17 – 19 April 2019.

This conference is open to actors involved in all areas of Asset Management. Over 30 speakers will present the latest developments of Asset Management in the railways, as well as in various sectors (such as roads, waterways, energy…) and on different continents.

Mr François Davenne, UIC Deputy Director General, said:

“Asset management in this digital era will not only provide a dramatic drop in maintenance costs but will also enable a level of scalability and flexibility that has never been experienced before. It will help differentiate subsystems by their respective life cycles in order to anticipate the ever-shorter life cycles of the modern digital component. Sound and early definition of interfaces defined by UIC will deliver faster and less costly implementation of the new services our societies expect from rail.”

Among the main topics, UIC plans to address the following:

  • Strategic Asset Management Plans
  • Relation between asset managers and suppliers
  • Big data and digitalisation for Asset Management
  • Software assisted modelling of investment plans
  • Asset Management for signalling

Key speakers
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, UIC
Peter Kohler, Australia Asset Management Council
Marc Antoni, Director Rail System, UIC
Aurimas Brazys, DG MOVE

The event will be held over a three-day period as follows:

Day 1 and 2 (17-18 April 2019):
Keynote speakers, case study presentations and discussions to provide railway infrastructure organisations with concrete examples and guidance to improve their Asset Management capabilities. Parallel sessions will be organised in two different rooms on Day 2 to present a large range of asset management strategies

Day 3 (19 April 2019) – Option 1:
9:00am to 2.30pm: technical visit to ALTAMETRIS (using drones to improve network performance and operations)

Day 3 (19 April 2019) – Option 2:
9:00am to 4.30pm: Business game organised by ASSETSMAN at UIC. Through the use of the ASSETSGAME, participants will learn in one day how an Asset Management programme benefits an organisation and the changes that are needed to achieve success

The conference is also open to exhibitors and sponsors. Opportunities will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor or a sponsor, or for any other questions, please contact Ms Christine Hassoun, UIC Rail System Department.

For further information please contact Christine Hassoun, UIC Rail System Department:

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News from UIC members

Romania: appointment of Acting General Director of the National Railway Company CFR S.A.

On 25 March 2019, the management board of the national railway company CFR S.A. appointed Mr. Constantin Axinia as Acting General Director of the company.

Mr. Constantin Axinia, an engineer with 35 years of experience in the railway sector, will coordinate the activity of CFR S.A., the national company that manages the railway public infrastructure in Romania.

Mr. Constantin Axinia already held this position from 2006 to 2007. From January 2009 to October 2009, Mr. Axinia was also Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Transport and responsible for the coordination of the railway sector.

Mr. Constantin Axinia was previously the regional director of the Iasi branch of the CFR Passengers company.

UIC expresses its warmest congratulations to Mr Constantin Axinia on his appointment and conveys its very best wishes.

(Source: CFR S.A.)

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Finland: Hailuoto Causeway – advisors selected for the PPP project

Preparations for the Hailuoto Causeway have taken another step forward. In the project implemented under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, Capex Advisors Oy and Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd were selected as financing and legal services advisors for the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency. Sweco PM Oy will act as a technical advisor in the project. The selected advisors will assist in planning and carrying out the tendering process to select a service provider for the PPP project and in the related negotiations with tendering consortiums.

International interest in the project
The Hailuoto Causeway project comprises the construction of a road running on top of an embankment and two bridges between the mainland and the island of Hailuoto. The PPP service provider to be selected via a tendering process will be responsible for the planning, construction, financing and maintenance of the causeway during the contract period. The project has already aroused interest on an international level.

Tendering phase planned to start in the autumn
The Finnish Parliament has authorised a maximum cost to the state of EUR 116.9 million for the project that covers all costs incurring from the project to the client. The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency estimates that the tendering phase will take about 10 to 12 months from publishing the contract notice to signing the contract agreement. It is estimated that the construction phase will take three years. The tendering phase will begin as soon as there is sufficient certainty regarding the permits required for the project, which will be late summer 2019 at the earliest.

Hailuoto Causeway
The plan is to build a causeway between Riutunkari in Oulu on the mainland and Huikku on the island of Hailuoto. This will replace the current ferry service. The total length of the road connection will be about 8.4 km, which comprises the long Huikku and Riuttu bridges and a road section on an embankment. A fixed connection will improve the national and regional accessibility of Hailuoto. The causeway will enable more fluent transport connections for passenger and goods transport to and from Hailuoto, which in turn will promote the viability of local businesses and extend the range of commuting to work for the inhabitants of Hailuoto.

(Source: Vayla)

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Czech Republic: SŽDC will increase safety at more railway crossings this year

Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SŽDC) continues its endeavour for increasing railway operation safety. That is why it submitted to the Central Committee of the Ministry of Transport a draft of preparation and implementation of construction adaptations at 13 railway crossings; the draft has already been approved by the Committee. SŽDC will carry out detailed preparations on other sites in the whole Czech Republic as well, especially at level crossings where exceptional events took place in the past.

”Statistics of accidents’ development at railway crossings confirm that increasing safety in the whole spectrum – from installing warning light equipment up to adding barriers – is effective in the long term. That is why we select every year railway crossings suitable for safety equipment improvement or modernization in the whole network”, said Mr Jiří Svoboda, Director General of SŽDC.

Barriers will be added together with safety equipment reconstruction at three railway crossings on the line Lipová Lázně-Javorník in Silesia. Two level crossings will be undergoing adaptations near the railway station Vápenná and one near the railway stop Lipová Lázně jeskyně. Railway crossings on the lines Nepomuk – Blatná, Bakov nad Jizerou – Kopidlno and Žďár nad Sázavou – Tišnov will acquire barriers as well. The railway crossing near Nedvědice Station on this regional line will also be reconstructed.

Light and sound warning signals will replace St. Andrew’s crosses at railway crossings Kolín – Ledečko, Neratovice – Brandýs nad Labem, Olomouc – Krnov, Domažlice – Planá u Mariánských Lázní and Tábor – Bechyně. Moreover, the railway crossing near Milhostov u Mariánských Lázní on the line from Karlovy Vary to Mariánské Lázně will acquire barriers.

(Source: SZDC)

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