Tuesday 17 December 2019

5th UIC Digital Conference held on 10 December 2019 at UIC Paris

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On 10 December UIC held its 5th Digital Conference.
This event is now a tradition to “share, to open and to connect” with all actors of the worldwide digital eco-system.

The Conference was opened by François Davenne, UIC Director General. He said that “thanks to a digital attitude put at the heart of the system, we will have the opportunity to use a large amount of data in order to change the rail services.”

Gianluigi Castelli, UIC Chairman and FS Chairman, then delivered a keynote speech. He particularly stressed “the awareness needed for a positive digital mindset in the industry and the importance of using the right competencies for the right technologies.”

Two speakers presented their latest achievements and projects.
The first one was a UIC Member: SNCF
Loïc Hamelin and Giuliana Barbarino – SNCF DGEX Solutions delivered a presentation on “Open software: enhancing operations.”

The second speaker was Bill Nie – CEO of FATRI, a Chinese Company, a new key actor in the digital domain and he addressed the topic "What about Quantum Sensing in the new Smart City Transportation paradigm?”

Francis Bédel – UIC Chief Digital Officer, then had the opportunity to give a rapid review of the UIC Digital Platform’s 2019 activities and he presented a draft roadmap for 2020 highlighting the major planned events:

  • 2nd African Digital Rail Summit (Tunis: April 2020)
  • Australian Digital Conference (Perth: 14 – 15 May 2020)
  • Participation in World Highspeed Congress (Beijing: 30 June – 3 July)
  • 6th Digital Conference (December 2020)

He mentioned the two major projects of the DIGIM programme:

  • DIGIM II dedicated to Connected Level Crossings. Designed in cooperation with Dassault Systems
  • DIGIM III dedicated to the design of pilot on “Block Chain as a service” for Euro-Asia Rail Freight Corridor

UIC Digital Awards 2019

Once more, the 2019 edition was a huge success with several dozen start-ups from all over the world that had submitted their projects.
Four of them were selected and presented with an award during a friendly celebration ceremony.

Presentations of their projects by the selected start-ups:

  • Bulldozair: Services Category (France)
  • Cylus: Safety Category (Israël)
  • Engineering Laboratory for Comprehensive Transportation Big Data Application Technology: Productivity category (China)
  • Supraways: Special Prize (France)

The 5th edition of UIC Digital Conference was once more a most successful event with the active participation of all digital rail actors.

Most presentations are already available on the UIC website.

For further information please contact Francis Bédel, UIC Chief Digital Officer:


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Gianluigi Castelli, Chairman of UIC and Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) opening speech
François Davenne, UIC Director General
Loïc Hamelin and Giuliana Barbarino, SNCF DGEX Solutions
Bill Nie, CEO of FATRI, Chinese Company
Francis Bédel, UIC Chief Digital Officer