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UIC DIGITAL DAYS (Paris, 7 – 8 October 2016): let’s shape the digital future of mobility together!

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As part of the work led by the UIC Digital Platform launched at the end of November 2015, UIC has planned a series of dedicated workshops aimed at exploring the links between digitalisation and various dimensions of the railway system.

In this context, UIC is organising a workshop to be held on 7 October 2016 at UIC Headquarters, focusing on the links between digitalisation on the one hand and freight & passenger services on the other.

This workshop will be part of the event named “UIC DIGITAL DAYS” to be held on 7 and 8 October and consisting of a Workshop on 7 October, open to UIC Members and Stakeholders, and of a UIC Digital Open Day to be held on 8 October, open to UIC Members and Stakeholders but also to the general public.

Particular attention will be paid in the discussions to the need for proper change management in the digitalisation process in order to address the fears of many staff faced with a rapidly changing work environment. Furthermore, the workshop will attempt to build bridges between the different generations and between railway experts and digitally skilled young people who could, if they find a way of cooperating, together reinvent the railways.

The programme of the event is available below; based on a business-oriented approach, the discussions will aim to show the participants in a practical way how digitalisation can bring added value to freight and passenger services, what kind of economic benefits members can expect from it, what its limits are, etc.

The UIC Digital Open Day will be held on 8 October and will consist of show rooms and small conferences to present the latest innovations and advantages that digitalisation can bring to the railways.

Please do not hesitate to contact UIC if you have a concrete project or demonstration that could be of interest for the audience.


DAY 1 – 7 October 2016 – WORKSHOP

Plenary 09:00 / 10:30

Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX Director General of the International Union of Railways (UIC) (confirmed), Introduction / welcome speech

Short presentation by each moderator:

Björn WESTERBERG CEO of the Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies (ASTOC) “Organising digital mobility or digital acceleration” (confirmed)
Evgeny CHARKINChief Digital Officer of Russian Railways (RZD): title presentation to be specified (confirmed)
Presentation by “La Paillasse” (incubator): (confirmed)
“Networks and biology – An innovative digital approach” (representative to be specified)
Patrick DUVOTKeynote speaker, Scientific Director of Paris Tech (tbc)

Coffee break 10:30 / 11:00

Services workshops11:00 / 12:30 – 14:00 / 15:30


Benoit THIRION Fret SNCF: “A digital approach: RUSWEB and DIGITAB” (confirmed)
Luca MARIORIENZI RAILDATA: “ISR tracking & tracing of Freight wagons in Europe” (confirmed)
DHL (invited)
François DAVENNE Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF): (confirmed) “International freight: networks in search of an operating system”
German start-up (confirmed) (representative to be specified); Presentation of their digital project for freight truck traffic


Rodrigo HILARIO RENFE OPERADORA: (confirmed) “Digital Observatory & new products platform UIC-Project”
EFFIBOT (French start up): (confirmed) “Automatic luggage transport and distribution in railway stations”
Thorstan BOMKEALSTOM: (confirmed) “TrainTracer for remote condition monitoring”
THSRC (Taïwan) (confirmed)(representative to be specified): “Highspeed and Big Data”
Connected station (representative to be specified)
UIC / HITRAIL (confirmed (representative to be specified): “ST4RT (Semantic Transformations 4 Rail Transportation)”
IBERIA Captain (tbc) “Paperless cockpit”
Luca MARIORIENZI Italian Railways (FS) (confirmed) Presentation of their latest digital project (topic to be specified)
Spanish Railways Foundation (FFE) (tbc) (representative to be specified): “Global Overview on Digital Railway Business”

Coffee break 15:30/15:45

Plenary 15:45/16:45

  • Short restitution of the two workshops
  • Permanent follow-up on IT innovations for railways
  • Andy DOHERTY, Chairman of the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC) “Digital train” (confirmed)
  • Conclusions by Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX, Director General of the International Union of Railways (UIC) (confirmed)

From 16:45: Promotional cocktail for launching the “UIC Digital Open Day”

DAY 2 – 8 October 2016 – UIC DIGITAL OPEN DAY
Show rooms and small conferences from start-ups, famous names in the rail industry (ALSTOM...) to present the latest innovations and advantages that digitalisation can bring to the railways.


Dedicated corners:

  • Fret SNCF
  • NUMA
  • La Paillasse
  • ….

Conferences: G. REVEILLON, Paris V, Schoolab, NUMA / LA PAILLASSE
Open to UIC Members, Stakeholders and also to the general public.

For further information please contact Francis Bedel: bedel@uic.org

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