Information published on 22 September 2015 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 465.

12th UIC ERTMS World Conference, Brussels 2016

“ERTMS – Managing long term safety investment in a rapidly changing world”


UIC, the International Union of Railways, together with INFRABEL, the Belgian Rail Infrastructure Manager, is pleased to organise and to welcome you to the 12th UIC ERTMS World Conference in Brussels from 29 February – 2 March 2016!

UIC’s purpose in organising this conference is to support and advance the momentum of ERTMS towards its objective. By bringing together the most knowledgeable professionals in the business to speak on a large variety of topics, the UIC ERTMS World Conference provides the main platform to take stock of progress and to publicly present an agenda for the future.
Debates, exchanges of experience and best practice will focus on the general theme “ERTMS – Managing long term safety investment in a rapidly changing world”.
The UIC ERTMS World Conference programme will propose a variety of sessions from 1 – 2 March 2016.
On 29 February, INFRABEL will propose two technical visits.

The main structure of the conference for 1 and 2 March 2016 will be as follows:

Opening Session

Session 1: Long term vision on Safety, Security and Testing
Management of the risk; IT/cyber security; how to face the digitalisation of the railway environment; challenges when introducing IP technologies to railways, GSM-R QoS requirements; experiences of lab testing vs. field testing; network security; transition management; human resources aspects.

Session 2: Migration
Interoperability issues at the border crossings or inside a country; GSM-R interferences and envisaged solutions; maintenance efficiency and reduction of cost for legacy CCS systems; migration scenarios, national philosophies and best practices.

Session 3: Global Opportunities and Challenges
Development and implementations of ERTMS outside Europe; new lines and new environments; technology changes and different normative to consider; a fair competition among suppliers as a result of a worldwide standardisation effort.

Session 4: Telecom
GSM-R evolution towards IP and PS; dispatchers, network, ERTMS data transmission; ETSI specifications/ EIRENE and GSM-R specifications evolution in line with TSI; applicability to network and mobiles; equipment readiness and capabilities to ensure transition; interferences from public operators, existing solutions, implementation planning, coordination processes put in place, risks mitigation.

Session 5: Financing & Asset Management
Business cases; understanding and evaluating the return on investment; optimisation of financial resources; long term strategy for investments and visibility of financial effort; system versioning and updating vs. securing the value of investments in the future; support required by small-medium RUs.

Session 6: Operations
Training/traffic management/ maintenance of different assets, how to deal with different environments for L1LS.

Session 7: Evolution
Technological Innovation; IP based radio; private network (GSMR) vs. public networks: pro/contra; satellite utilisation, where and how; automatic train operation with ERTMS, when and how, which interfaces; ERTMS L3, the reasons of a possible development, required min trackside train detection devices.

Closing Session

The website of the conference is on line!

The main features of this conference are:

  • Venue: Square – Brussels Meeting Centre, Brussels
  • Event structure: 2 days of plenary sessions, 1 and 2 March, with opening and closing sessions, 7 plenary sessions.
  • Technical visits will be held on 29 February
  • Trade exhibition: a trade exhibition will take place during the conference at Square – Brussels Meeting Centre
  • Official working language: English

To be part of the conference as a delegate: information on delegate registration fees available on the official website (registrations for delegates will be open in October):

To be part of the conference as an exhibitor: exhibitor registration and exhibitor manual is open, you can register on the official website:

To be part of the conference as an official sponsor: sponsoring opportunities are available on the official website:

Looking forward to welcoming you on behalf of all the organisers in Brussels!