Plenary meeting and International Conference

17 September 2019, Paris



Digitalisation is now unanimously recognised as a key lever to increase system performance, to achieve cost reduction, and to enlarge the range of personalised services offered to the customers.

Its main benefits are the most obvious with simplification through automation, by which the performance of tasks or processes is transferred from the physical (or human) world to the digital world (e.g. data processing, virtual interlocking, decision-helping, autonomous operation, numerical simulation in place of physical testing), and with ICT tools offering new and extended usages by multiplying connection possibilities (B2B, B2C, C2B) between the system and its users.

Firstly, digitalisation has been implemented and developed as an additional layer, replacing or enhancing the capabilities of a pre-existing structure on which sensors and command devices were implanted.

With embedded sensors, and the need to process more and more data within “intelligent” subsystems or components, digitalisation is being progressively more intimately interlinked with the infrastructure, to a greater level of detail.

In a fully-integrated digital railway system, the introduction of nanotechnologies, smart dusts, edge computing, software-defined networks and other breakthrough technologies, will make the whole system architecture, components and even materials intelligent by themselves, generating and processing their own data, taking autonomous action upon their own analysis and decision, and even being structured and shaped by the data.

The distinction between the digital and physical worlds will then be harmonious.

The current standardisation ecosystem is still separating the physical domain of railway products and subsystems, standardised in sectorial technical silos, from the digital standardisation which takes place in trans-sectorial structures that are still far from stabilised. Therefore, we can establish that digitalisation will erode the dichotomy.

What will Standardisation system look like, then? What will be the new skills expected from the experts? What will be the right standardisation balance between the railway sector and other modes? How can the combined evolution of hard and software be managed? How can the balance between the organisational and operational know-how and system responsibility of the operator, and the technical know-how of the supplier be preserved?

As part of this Standardisation Plenary meeting, you are invited to discuss these questions and many others with a high level panel of keynote speakers, who will give their vision of the future digital railway ecosystem and how standardisation can support the evolution of railway transportation?

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Biography of the speakers

Stefan Jugelt

Project officer European Union Agency for Railways

Stefan Jugelt is working for the European Union Agency for Railway Agency in Valenciennes (France). He is responsible for the development of the technical standards for telematics applications for passengers and freight. His main tasks are the management of the further developments of the Technical specifications for Interoperability (TSI) for telematics and the standards used in these TSI’s, the monitoring of the implementation of the telematics applications in the European rail sector and dissemination activities for these TSI`s.
Before his career at the European Union Agency for railways he has worked for more than ten years as software developer.

Igor Maksimov

Adviser of technical regulations and standardization division
Department for Technical Regulation and Accreditation
Eurasian Economic Commission

Graduated from the Russian Law Academy in 2012 and from the Moscow State Institute For International Relations (European Studies Institute) in 2014. Worked for five years in judicial system of the Russian Federation. Since 2013 have been working in Department for Technical Regulation and Accreditation at Eurasian Economic Commission. Responsible for variety of technical regulations on EAEU (CU) and its lists of standards: adopted technical regulations such as railway transport, road safety and energy efficiency of household devices, and developing technical regulations which are subway, LRT and also products for emergency situations.

Luca Mariorenzi

FS Technology S.p.A.
GDS and international Systems for Trenitalia

Luca Mariorenzi (Electrical Engineer) gained within Trenitalia over 15 years’ experience in a variety of roles in Information Technology and Project Management with focus on International Systems for Trenitalia Group in Europe for Freight and Passenger business.
He’s well known in the international community thanks to the current Chairmanship of the UIC Technical Group and more than 8 years Chairmanship in the ISR Special Assembly of Raildata UIC Special Group (Freight Business), TAF-TSI CCM Deputy Speaker position within CER and the previous membership within the Technical Group, TAG and TAP-MD Groups of UIC as Trenitalia representative.
Currently in charge of GDS and International systems for Trenitalia within FS technology, the new IT Company of FS Group, he is focused on UK business caring about the integration of Trenitalia sale’s system within that market.
Additional experience comes from having been the unique point of contact for IT demand and Project management for Trenitalia subsidiaries in France and UK and customers in other European Countries.

Simon Fletcher

Coordinator Europe and Chief Standardisation Officer - UIC (the International Union of Railways)

Simon Fletcher has been a railway professional since 1977 and has a vast array of strategic experience in operational, safety and standardisation topics in regional, national and international positions.
He has been with the UIC since 2003 and was responsible for establishing the UIC’s safety dossier and supporting unit at the time when the European Safety Directive was emerging. He was in charge of the level crossing topic and was instrumental in getting ELCAD and then ILCAD started.
He has been a member of the UIC Board of Directors since 2009 coordinating the European portfolio and most recently has taken on responsibility for leading the UIC’s active global engagement in railway standardisation.

He was with Eurostar for all of the 1990s, putting together the safety and standards framework that allowed Europe’s first truly interoperable high-speed service to develop and operate safely. This and his other UK roles including Operations Director, Head of Safety and Standards and as Coordinator of the UK’s operating rules and regulations, have prepared him well for providing a major contribution to the development of the interoperability, safety management and standardisation structures of the railway system.

With his European hat on, he works closely with the some 65% of the UIC’s stakeholder companies who are European-based. Part of the role is to be the UIC’s “man in Brussels” where he is able to interface with the other rail associations in supporting the railway sector to develop the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the railway system.
In the standardisation role, he, with the standardisation team, is responsible not only for the coordination of the significant catalogue of IRSs that the UIC produces and maintains but also for the formal interface between the UIC and the national, regional and international standardisation bodies.

Today the focus is on the vision and strategy for the future railway system. Developing innovation and standardisation programmes to support the vision to become reality, the leadership role performed by the UIC is central to ensuring that tomorrow’s railway is one that plays a clear and key part in developing the global economy and in placing rail as the attractive land transport mode of choice for the transport of people and freight.

Christian Chavanel

Director of the UIC technical “Rail System” department
Christian Chavanel is a railway professional with more than 30 years’ experience in international development, project management, operation, maintenance, safety, standardisation, and regulatory affairs.
He is an engineer and holds an Executive MBA.

He has notably been:
- Interoperability & Standardisation Director in SNCF since 2014;
- Chairman of CEN-CENELEC Sector Forum Rail (ex-JPC-R) since 2016;
- COO (SNCF Regional Transportation);
- PMO (SNCF Regional Transportation);
- Head of Paris Gare de Lyon station;
- Infrastructure District Manager.

The UIC Rail System Department supports the work of the Rail System Forum. This forum relies on its members to continuously improve the railway system. The forum is divided into six sectors dedicated to keep railways at the edge of technology and to seamlessly interconnect with other modes of transport. Rail System deals with a wide range of subjects such as Train-Track Interaction, Track and Structures, Rolling Stock, Energy Management, Asset Management and Operations, Telecoms, Signalling and Digital Applications.
More than 150 experts are involved in the department’s activities, which covers 78 ongoing projects.

Francis Bédel

UIC – Chief Digital Officer
Francis took responsibility of the IT service of the Worldwide Railway Organisation (UIC) in 2015 and endorsed the position of UIC Chief Digital Officer with the development of the UIC Digital Platform. UIC Digital Platform aims at supporting UIC Members in their digital activities and developments on a worldwide basis and following the philosophy “Share, Open, Connect”. These words could be the motto which leads all his actions.
The Railway Industry is currently facing new digital challenges. Key words are today mobility interoperability, inter-modality. Francis and UIC Digital Platform are deeply involved in UIC mission and focus on the way to help Members to give every journey by train a touch of enchantment.
Francis started his career at French Railways SNCF in 1982, filling such roles as traffic manager and manager of freight stations.
In 1990, he joined SNCF’s IT Department to work on the rollout of a national project aiming to redesign the management of Freight wagons and, from 1993 to 1997, was responsible for the operation of Freight IT local bases.
Francis has been in charge of International Affairs for Freight IT at SNCF and among other issues, was European interoperability projects and ensured the relationships with the European Commission.
Francis was RAILDATA President from 2013 until the end of 2016. He is also active in many other international activities and projects.
Francis is personally committed for over 15 years in volunteer social activities and mostly in humanitarian missions in Western Africa focusing on childhood and education.

Arne Benox

Arne Benox, Head of Technology Office
Born 1976 in Hamburg, Germany. During the past 20 years he worked in several different management positions on Telecom provider and supplier side. In 2015 he joined SBB Infrastructure - Telecommunications.
Arne is transferring customer and business needs to solutions and services, realized by people and technology. In 2010 he finished his executive master in business administration at HTW Chur. Since 2002 he is living and working in Switzerland.

Together with his team he is serving the whole SBB (divisions & subsidiaries), other infrastructure operators, transport companies with technological expertise in the area of innovation, tech radar, technological expertise (internal SBB, external and universities) and insights of possible influences of technologies towards rules & regulations.
The services are supporting the railway production (ETCS, predictive-/ maintenance, etc.), work place & customer services (in train communication, Internet @ trainstations, etc.) as well as data services, communication services for e.g. shunting/safety, and many more.

Alain Jeanmaire

UIC Coordinator for Digital Standardisation
After 20 years as CIO in major French and International industries, Alain Jeanmaire worked for 10 years as consultant to introduce the digital transformation at SNCF Réseau. During this period Alain initiated the UIC RailTopoModel project, and more recently the convergence of main international railway projects for standardisation toward a unified digital dictionary.
He recently joined UIC team for coordination of UIC projects and contribution to digital standardisation.

Timothy T. Tenne

Timothy T. Tenne, Amtrak, Senior Director, Standardization and Evaluation
Tim has over 30 years of senior executive multi-mode transportation operations, safety, compliance, and regulatory experience. He is also a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, who he has commanded multiple units and has flown over 568 combat missions. In addition, Tim has over 15,000 world-wide flying hours and hold multiple flight and type ratings in various aircraft. He has served as a division manager at the Federal Aviation Administration, overseeing regulatory compliance for air carriers, as well as leading the effort in standing up the UAS (drone) organization and certification standards.
Tim’s rail career started when he was selected to become the deputy chief of safety at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Metro in Washington DC, where he oversaw standardization efforts as well as the implementation of safety management systems of the second largest metro in the United States. He then assumed the role of Deputy Chief Operations Officer at the Maryland Transit Administration, where he directed the operations for the state’s lightrail, metro, and commuter rail.
In his current role at Amtrak, Tim oversees a division that is responsible for operational standardization, compliance, certification, quality assurance, safety management systems, and simulators.
Tim holds degrees in:
Engineering and Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MBA in finance from Webster University, a master’s degree in organizational management from the George Washington University, a master’s degree in National Security from the Air Command and Staff College, and a Juris Doctorate in law from the University of Baltimore.
He’s the proud husband of Andrea Tenne of 26 years and their two sons, Alec (25) and Andrew (22).

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