UIC was pleased to hold the 5th UIC Asia-Pacific Workshop on Control Command Signalling and Telecoms (CCS&Tlc) which took place in Sydney, Australia, hosted by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW), from 3 – 4 May 2018.
Since 2007, the UIC Asia Regional Assembly has focused on Control-Command Signalling and Telecommunication Development Technologies, integrated into the broader UIC strategy to achieve a harmonised Traffic Management and Control-Command and Signalling system.
The workshop was opened by the Director General of UIC, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, in front of an audience of around 200 people and was well represented by members and guests not just from Australia, but from every continent around the globe. This was a great demonstration of UIC being a truly global organisation.
In his introductory speech, he stressed the important role of Control Command Signalling (CCS) at the heart of the railway system and described how signalling is a key enabler of the railways. He said:
At UIC we strongly believe that it’s in the utmost interest of all the railways worldwide to define and share a common vision on the future and work together to let it arrive with maximum benefit for every member, even the smallest one. We are fully convinced of the need to push for better and better standardisation of basic modules of the rail system and their interfaces, as only in this way will we be able to get the highest quality at lowest prices i.e. by stimulating a fair and worldwide competition among the rail suppliers.
Attendees were provided with both an understanding of leading technologies and a base for core system requirements for railways worldwide and how different railways are responding to the technological challenge while maintains a safe and cost-effective operation.
The event was organised around six technical sessions, namely:
- Signalling Session 1: Optimal modelling and safety assessment of Signalling Systems, via standardised methods and languages
- Signalling Session 2: Cybersecurity
- Signalling Session 3: Train Control and future trends
- Telecom Session 1: The regulatory contexts and migration strategies toward future technologies
- Telecom Session 2: The Future Railway Mobile Communication System and other main radio development projects
- Telecom Session 3: The suppliers’ view on products and applications for safety and security
Attendees were also given the opportunity to attend CORE 2018 (Conference on Railway Excellence) which was held on the days preceding the workshop. UIC Director General Mr Loubinoux also addressed this conference to describe the global challenges that the rail industry faces and the proposed response in other countries.
Mr Loubinoux also welcomed participation in UIC activities by existing and proposed new members of UIC. This also gave delegates of CORE 2018 an opportunity to attend the UIC workshop and proved to be a great success. It is anticipated that UIC and the organisers of CORE 2020 will collaborate to hold a UIC event adjacent to CORE 2020 to make attendance by members from other countries more cost effective.
To read Mr Loubinoux’s full speech, please click on this link: