Information published on 22 February 2012 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 279.

Only two months left: From 24 – 26 April, the 10th UIC ERTMS world conference will bring together the main stakeholders involved in the implementation of the unified traffic management system

Based on the theme “ERTMS – Global Dimensions”, the conference will enable decision-makers from the political, railway and manufacturing sectors to take stock and discuss the progress of rolling out the ETCS (train control-command) and GSM-R (radio communication systems for railways) systems in Europe and around the world.

From 24 – 26 April 2012, several hundred delegates are expected in Stockholm (Stockholmsmässan) for the 10th ERTMS world conference organised by UIC and Trafikverket (the Swedish transport infrastructure administration), in close collaboration with UNIFE (Association of the European Rail Industry), the ERTMS Users Group, the GSM-R Industry Group, and with the support of European railway associations such as CER, EIM and several other partners.

The conference’s overarching theme is “ERTMS – Global Dimensions”, which places particular emphasis on the implementation of projects for ERTMS (and its ETCS components – train control-command system, and GSM-R – digital radio system for railways) in various regions across the world.

The conference will serve as an opportunity to take stock and hold discussions with the heads of the European Commission, the European Railway Agency (ERA), railway companies and infrastructure managers, and of course manufacturers of ERTMS products on progress in the implementation of ERTMS at European level, the obstacles to this development and proposed solutions. Particular emphasis will be placed on ERTMS Regional, a solution applicable to low density routes, which could be of interest to railway decision-makers in many regions around the world. ERTMS Regional will be the subject of a demonstration run prior to the conference.

Following the welcome and keynote speech by the Swedish Minister of Transport and the UIC Director-General, the various conference sessions will address themes such as “ERTMS in the political environment” (with, in particular, representatives of the European Commission – namely Jean-Eric Paquet, Chairman of the session – Trafikverket and CER); “Facilitating ERTMS deployment in Europe” (session chaired by Karel Vinck, EU Coordinator for ERTMS, with the participation of the European Railway Agency, ERA); “European applications” (session chaired by Pio Guido, Head of the ERTMS Unit at ERA); “ERTMS worldwide applications” (one session chaired by Michel Van Liefferinge, UNISIG General Manager, another by Sven Hakan Nilsson of Trafikverket); “Optimising ERTMS investment” (chaired by Michel Ruesen of the ERTMS Users Group); and “ERTMS future extensions” (session chaired by Michele Elia, CEO of RFI and Chairman of the UIC Control Command, Signalling & Operations Sector).
A closing panel will bring together the representatives of all the stakeholders and institutions involved.

The ERTMS exhibition organised in parallel to the conference sessions at Stockholmsmässan will enable participants to meet all the industry and institutional partners who play a key role in the production and roll-out of ERTMS (ETCS and GSM-R), notably Trafikverket, Thales, Invensys Rail, Siemens Transportation, Mermec, Ansaldo STS, Bombardier Transportation, GE Transportation, Hasler Rail, Kapsch CarrierCom, Multitel, Frequentis, ERSA, PIX & ERTMS Solutions, AZD Praha SRO, Sagem Communications, Wenzel and UIC, etc.

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