The 2021 conference will assess the progress of the sector’s use of IoT to date, the level of its capabilities, practical steps on how to fully harness its growth, and how to alleviate the likely challenges to implementation.




Registration and Welcome Refreshments in the Exhibition Area


Ben Holliday | Managing Director | Rotaia Media
& Daniel MacGregor | Co-Founder | Nexxiot

Organisor and Chairman’s Welcome


Tim Flower | Professional Head of Maintenance | Network Rail

Intelligent Infrastructure: Delivering the data driven railway

  • Why do we need Intelligent Infrastructure and is Network Rail’s strategy for digitising asset performance management
  • What progress has been made so far and what is coming this year
  • How do we engage current and future staff to fully realise the benefits


Holger Bartels | Head of Asset Intelligence Center | DB Cargo

Building a Data-as-a-Service Platform for Asset & Maintenance Digitisation

  • Open Source Tech Stack & Architecture
  • The Joy of Data Virtualization
  • Live Use Case Samples


John Smith | CEO | voestalpine Signaling UK Ltd

Intelligent Infrastructure: Delivering the data driven railway

  • Data acquisition from large volumes of assets
  • The role of analytics to generate actionable outcomes
  • Simplifying the HMI in large scale and complex environments


Mohammed-Simoh Labdoui | Data/IoT Platform Manager | SNCF

Big Data and IoT Cloud Platforms Manager at SNCF

  • Define the strategy and the trajectory of the Data/IOT services to meet SNCF business needs
  • The keys of data and IoT project success
  • How the cloud and collective intelligence are accelerating the time to market


Rene Zeilinger | CTO | Frauscher Sensonic

Quantitative DAS and Machine Learning enable a quantum leap in real-time train positioning

  • Quantitative DAS is the next evolution of distributed wayside sensing
  • In combination with machine learning, this technology provides more accurate information
  • Real-time train localisation, detailed information on train length and train integrity will enable new and efficient approaches for future proof train operation



Intelligent Infrastructure Programmes are now key to future performance improvements achieved through new digital and innovative technologies.

  • How are data-driven technologies enabling you to understand the condition of your infrastructure?
  • There are many digital devices such as sensors which collect data that are able provide Infrastructure Manager’s will real-time information. How difficult is it to separate meaningful data from the mass which is collected?
  • Historically, the rail sector tends to be rather slow in changing to newer technologies and it takes an extensive time to bring them into operation due to regulations and authorisation requirements. How can we break this cycle to achieve a more holistic Asset Performance Management approach to reduce maintenance costs and achieve greater efficiency?


  • Tim Flower | Professional Head of Maintenance | Network Rail
  • Maurus Radelow | IT Security for Operational Technology & Processes | DB Netz
  • Jude Carey | Head of Asset Management | Irish Rail
  • Remigijus Skirkus | Director of Diagnostic Department | Lithuanian Railways
  • Florian Auer | Director of Technology & Innovation | Plasser & Theurer
  • Rene Zeilinger | CTO | Frauscher Sensonic


Morning Refreshments in the Networking & Exhibition Area


Benjamin Wecker | Head of Asset Intelligence Team | SBB Cargo

IoT meets reality: step by step forward

  • Two-sided IoT approach of SBB Cargo for fleet management and clients’ needs
  • Equipping a fleet takes time and cost, so internal MVP is needed (GPS position, live counter reading, etc.)
  • With an equipped fleet potential client whishes can be addressed fast (track & trace, temperature)


Timon Bock | VP of Sales | Nexxiot

The value behind the data - Use Cases in rail car digitization

  • How different stakeholders extract value
  • Effective impact and measurable benefits along the value chain
  • Product temperature, ETA automation, Capacity optimisation, 3rd party front-end access


Ignacio Oliver | Director of the Network Circulation Systems Service | Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona

Recommendations to succeed in the digitalisation and data analysis of assets in metro networks

  • Profits obtained and lessons learned from real experiences to build up the systems
  • Organisational adaptation
  • Necessary requirements to succeed, overcome fear and catalyse real change


Javier de la Cruz | Rail Digital Services Managing Director | CAF Rail Digital Services

Digitalisation of Rolling Stock Maintenance: Not only a matter of predictive diagnostics

  • Brief overview of the pros, cons and state of the art of predictive diagnostics
  • What else can the digitalisation bring to Rolling Stock Maintenance?
  • Digitalisation success cases beyond the predictive diagnostics


Lunch in the Networking & Exhibition Area


José Antonio Marcos Alberca Carriazo | Head Manager of Smart Maintenance Engineering and New Projects | Talgo

Smart Maintenance 4.0 Engineering for High Speed Trains

  • Smart maintenance digitalization.
  • Real time monitoring and Deep learning for predictive and prescriptive maintenance
  • Automatic inspections base on AI towards 100% availability of the fleets


Marc Valette | Director of Innovation and Continuous Improvement | CFL

Challenges for implementing pragmatic digitalisation in CFL Multimodal, a small freight actor

  • The visions and challenges of being a small Railway when introducing innovation
  • Importance & need for pragmatic & applicable solutions due to the contraints of resources
  • Capacity to transform quickly in operations the added value provided by innovation


Christian Sprauer | Founder & CEO | Railnova

IoT play time is over. How smart organisations deliver fast-track transformation with smart technology partnerships

  • What is a smart partnership?
  • Fast-track transformation examples from Railnova customers
  • How the Railnova and Knorr-Bremse partnership is set up to deliver value, digitalisation and automation across railway companies


Mikko Alanko | Sales & Development Director | VR FleetCare

Optimising maintenance and operation planning through enhanced asset management of a train bogie

  • VR FleetCare is developing capability to provide bogie availability instead of bogie maintenance
  • Combining real-time condition measuring with sophisticated mathematical optimization makes is possible to increase availability and decrease the amount of assets in stock
  • New revenue models can be introduced both to maintenance companies and asset owner


Gerhard Paal | Head of Sales for Digital Services| Siemens Mobility

Internet of Trains – How IoT can transform rail

  • Asset Performance Management enables new thinking for Rail
  • Examples from customers, showing how analytics can help to create value
  • A partner ecosystem can provide even more value towards customer


Maurus Radelow | IT Security for Operational Technology & Processes | DB Netz

Cybersecurity in Rail – Securing the digital future

  • Facing and structuring the challenge
  • How to stay flexible with security for safety
  • Crypto and Firewall – That’s it?


Afternoon Refreshments in the Networking & Exhibition Area


Florian Auer | Director of Technology & Innovation | Plasser & Theurer

Automation - Smart Machines: Technologies & experience in autonomous track works

  • Organization
  • Technical solutions
  • Services


Dmitry Plakhov | Head of Blockchain Lab | OCRV

Wheelsets Life Cycle Monitoring Service

  • How choice about blockchain technology was made
  • Prerequisites for the development of the project
  • Architecture of the project


Edward Clark | Product Specialist and Solutions Consultant | Copperleaf

Asset Investment Planning for Railway Infrastructure: driving better decision making

  • Improving investment decision making for portfolios
  • Combining analytics with expertise to optimise performance
  • Drive the achievement of strategic objectives


Jude Carey | Head of Asset Management | Irish Rail

Utilising IoT to improve performance in Irish Rail

  • The challenges for Irish Rail to develop IoT in both rolling stock and Infrastructure
  • A hidden benefit of our IoT development
  • Outlook for the future


Marcel Van Velthoven | CEO | AMOSA

The challenges of Digitisation in Rail, what is fact and what is fiction, a realistic view

  • Wrestling with the challenges with what to do with the latest IT technology
  • The experience from the Port of Rotterdam with rolling out Digitisation
  • What can IT do in the Rail market with Digitisation


Daniel Adamka | Managing Director | ARRIVA

Using Big Data for network optimization

  • Where and when is the demand for transport
  • How to react quicker on demand changes
  • Increase the usage of multimodal solution



Railway operators are planning significant investments in new digital technologies to improve maintenance and tracking of assets. However, they face the challenge that existing digital technologies are already embedded in current operations or maintenance processes.

  • How do Railways solve this challenge and avoid additional costs and delays in the process?
  • It is well known that there are many sensors and data analytics technologies widely available, yet what Railway operators are struggling with is the understanding of the IoT and its worth. How can the IoT create value for Railway operators and maximise its potential?
  • There have been significant advancements in digitalisation with regards to passengers, however operations and maintenance processes are still slow to adapt. What needs to change so that going forward, all core processes such as maintenance are digitalised making asset availability standard?


  • Marc Valette | Director of Innovation and Continuous Improvement | CFL
  • Mikko Alanko | Sales & Development Director | VR Maintenance
  • Benjamin Wecker | Head of Asset Intelligence Team | SBB Cargo
  • Mohammed-Simoh Labdoui | Data/IoT Platform Manager | SNCF
  • Pedro Conceição | CBM Technical Sales Consultant | Nomad Digital
  • Dieter Barnard | Strategy & Business Development | Siemens Mobility


Chairman’s Closing Comments


Drinks Reception in the Networking & Exhibition Area


Networking Gala Dinner in the Conference Hall



Inge Hofland | Manager Infra Data & GIS | ProRail

Optimising Infradata and IT technology to predict and prevent failure to overcome the challenge of handling 30% more rail passengers by 2030

  • Why the solution is not only more rails and more trains
  • Why we see Geo information as strategic theme for our success
  • Why a shared view is necessary in our challenge for 2030


Matt Miller | Global Transportation Industry Principal | OSIsoft

Overcoming the challenges of supporting a network-wide program when digitalising your operations

  • Recognising the technical barriers that effect progression during the lengthy public tendering process
  • Proof of Practice - highlighting several national deployments in Rail
  • Compare lessons learned to best practices in other critical infrastructure industries


Vanessa Langhammer | Head of Digitalization | Rail Cargo Group

Challenges and opportunities of Big Data in a complex legacy IT infrastructure

  • Our challenge: optimally connecting numerous different data sources to our legacy systems
  • We can only rise to the challenge through more cooperation and collaboration
  • Agile product development is both a possible solution to this and a great opportunity


Francis Cepero | Director Vertical Market Solutions | A1 Digital

With A1 Digital, Rail Cargo brings intelligent freight wagons onto the rails

  • Data collection is only the begin/enabler of the IoT journey
  • Selective data analytics opens a far range of additional use cases
  • Rail Cargo is using a high sophisticated internal platform where A1D provides those analytics integrated in their platform
  • A1D is ready for any part of the IoT journey up to a complete turn key solution


Pieter Moelans | Rolling stock Engineer | NMBS-SNCB

Our journey to remote diagnostics: a step by step approach.

  • The challenge of managing cross fleet data streams;
  • Integrating IOT in existing rolling stock, a step by step approach
  • Purchasing and maintaining new fleets: the battle against obsolescence


David McGorman | Unipart Rail & Manufacturing Technology Managing Director and Instrumentel, Managing Director | Instrumentel

Condition Based Maintenance and the importance of Actionable Information

  • Data acquisition and large number of Rail assets and the importance of understanding your data
  • Case studies showing how Condition Based Maintenance can create value, operational efficiencies and savings
  • How Condition Based Maintenance informs our Condition Based Supply Chain, creating a Digital dynamic supply chain of the future


Morning Refreshments in the Networking & Exhibition Area


Dr. Remigijus Skirkus | Director of Diagnostic Department | LTG Infra (Lithuanian Railways)

The evolution of the diagnostic process at the Lithuanian Railways

  • Diagnostics for track geometry
  • Optimising Big Data for smarter asset management
  • Ways and approaches to overcome current challenges


Dennis S N Anthony | Head of Data & Digital | Rail Net Denmark

Data Governance and Design Thinking as strategic tools in Digital Transformation for the Rail Sector

  • How to implement Data Governance in the Rail Network sector
  • How to Implement Design Thinking in the Rail Network Sector


Simon Giovanazzi | CEO | infraView GmbH (DB Engineering & Consulting)

Deutsche Bahn - driving industrial digitalization in Germany

  • Experience as pioneer of asset condition monitoring and predictive maintenance in Germany
  • Effects of cross-systems analysis: infrastructure assesses rolling stock failures and vice versa
  • Leverage IoT and AI benefits will need a transformation to adaptive rules and regulations


Mathias Vanden Auweele | Project Lead Digitalisation | Infrabel

Level up Asset Management at Infrabel

  • Practical production examples for digital infrastructure monitoring
  • Real time monitoring of singular and linear assets
  • From big data in train control logging to alerts and apps


Tiziano Croce | Chief Executive Officer | Rail Cargo Group Italy S.r.l.

Augmented Wagon Inspection

  • Traceability of rolling stock inspection operations
  • Remote assistance for the wagon inspector
  • Rolling stock data acquisition for train preparation


Lunch in the Networking & Exhibition Area


Round table Discussion Groups

  • 1. How can we measure the benefits of digitalisation within the railway industry?
  • 2. The future of work in rail when IoT & Big Data has fully landed.
  • 3. Using digital twins concepts to drive digital transformation.
  • 4. How to choose the right IoT partner.
  • 5. From technology topic to business value – IoT will change rail.
  • 6. What is the maturity of your organisation regarding Digitisation, how can you measure this and how do you bring this to the required level?
  • 7. Big Data. Friend or foe?
  • 8. Transforming maintenance and operations using wayside monitoring and on-board data.
  • 9. The challenges of moving from maintaining on periodicity to maintaining only on condition.
  • 10. Improving Return on Assets through IoT and ML.
  • 11. Condition monitoring and diagnosis of assets – the way to predictive maintenance.
  • 12. Real time monitoring and Deep learning for predictive and prescriptive maintenance
  • 13. Digitising Rail Infrastructure Investment Planning


Chairman’s Closing Comments & End of Conference

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