UIC participates in international conference and awards ceremony held at United Nations Headquarters in Geneva

UIC participated in the first international transport and environmental conference “Sustainable Development Goals of Sustainable Transport and Peace”, which was held at the UN Palace of Nations on 12 – 13 April 2017 in Geneva and brought together participants and guests from 30 countries around the world. The conference was held under the auspices of the International Association of Peace Foundations (led by the world chess champion Anatoly Karpov) and the Organising Committee of the International Transport Awards “Golden Chariot” with Mr Albert Zhukov as its Chairman.

The fact that the opening of the Forum coincided with the International Cosmonautics day (International day of Human Space flight) was quite symbolic. The astronauts who were working on the orbit offered their congratulations to the Forum attendees and that marked a great start to the conference.

The Forum agenda included the following topics:

  • Use of innovative technologies in terms of tackling the environmental challenges of today and tomorrow as an effective tool of sustainable transport development
  • Environmental initiatives and industry programmes. Research and innovation: what is the best way to make transport more eco-friendly? Best practices (examples of ways to reduce costs and emissions). Practical solutions for implementation of sustainable transport development.
  • IT development and use of digitalisation as a cost reducing factor and an opportunity to lower environmental impact. Use of innovative technologies in sustainable transport development.

The list of participants and guests at the Forum and at the following “Golden Chariot Awards” ceremony comprised representatives of international organisations and associations and public authorities, in particular UN experts, and representatives of world transport associations such as OSJD (Organisation for Cooperation of Railways), TIACA (International Air Cargo Association), UIC (International Union of Railways), CCTT (Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation), FERRMED, CIT (Committee on International Transport), IRU (International Road-Transport Union), FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations), BRICS-PED, the international Forum of the Cities of the New Silk Road, and other heads of the world’s largest industry companies. A number of universities ware represented with a high-level delegation, in particular Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (MIIT) and Beijing Jiaotong University, etc.

On behalf of UIC, Paul Véron, Director in charge of Relations with Members and Partner Organisations, focused his presentation on “The action of UIC in implementing sustainable transport goals” and in particular on the work and activities related to energy efficiency and reduction of emissions.

During the “Golden Chariot Awards” ceremony (with UIC as one of the supporting partners), several railway transport companies were presented with awards, in particular from China (CRRC) for “Excellence in Railway Transport”, Ukraine (UZ) for “Excellence in Railway Transport”, and Luxembourg (CFL Multimodal) for “Achievements in Global Logistics Services Provision”.

After the “Golden Chariot” ceremony, all participants adopted the Resolution, according to which a number of proposals would be forwarded to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, namely:

  • The implementation of a programme to achieve the goals of sustainable development in transport, with the support of non-state international transport associations and organisations;
  • The possibility of including in the List of official United Nations days an “International Day of Sustainable Development of World Transport”.

For further information, please contact Paul Véron, Director, Relations with Members and Partner Organisations:

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Open Call for NGOs to apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations (Deadline 1 June 2017)

Open Call for NGOs to apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations (Deadline: 1 June 2017)

NGOs interested in applying for ECOSOC consultative status should submit their application and required documents on or before the deadline of 1 June 2017. The following link provides background information, the benefits of consultative status and instructions for how to apply:

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6th edition of the UIC International Seminar on Railway Operating Safety and Security was held from 19 – 21 April 2017 in Tangier, Morocco

The 6th edition of the UIC International Seminar on Railway Operating Safety and Security, jointly organised by Moroccan Railways (ONCF) and the International Union of Railways (UIC), was held from 19 – 21 April 2017 in Tangier, Morocco.

The opening session of the seminar was attended by 180 delegates, representing 16 countries.

The Moderator of the opening session was Ms Farida Moha, a Moroccan journalist, who stressed the “importance of initial and continuous training on security safety.”

The Secretary General, representing the Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport, Logistics and Water Management, Mr Khalid Cherkaoui, opened the session.
He spoke about the Socio-economic dynamic of the country: 10% of Morocco’s labour force works in the transport sector.

ONCF aims to promote sustainable transport, a fundamental value for the economic development of the country, and a government priority within transport activities.
On 6 November 2015, the announcement was made with regard to the creation of the highspeed line, the first link to Africa, as part of the EuroMed transport network.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director-General, then welcomed all participants. The key messages in his speech focused on the importance of the Moroccan highspeed line as the first on African continent. He spoke about the impact of the technical evolution, the digital world, and the presence of terrorist attacks on the railway sector, and the importance of security and safety.

The Director General of ONCF, Mr Mohamed Rabie Khlie, then thanked the delegates and experts of the seminar. He focused on the sustainable development of the railway sector as a contributing factor of the dynamic of the country. He also insisted on the fact that the Casablanca-Tangier highspeed line is the symbol of rebirth and modernity of Moroccan railways.

Economically, the line has represented 600 million Euros per year of investment over the last seven years. It should enter commercial service during the summer of 2018 and will represent national know-how at the service of the region.
In addition, the modernisation of the rest of the network will be crucial for national mobility.

Security and safety are fundamental values of the quality of service. There is no such thing as “zero risk” and the mobilisation of all staff is necessary. Technology rules and human factors are the pillars of a security and safety policy.

The seminar highlighted the security safety continuum: system design, commissioning and post-operation feedback, as well as the importance of external partnerships in the event of incidents and operation.

The event also highlighted the importance of human factors beyond regulation. It is necessary to acquire a real development of a culture of safety security, as it affects everyone.

During the technical visits, the importance of ONCF’s commitment to high speed was highlighted, particularly with the visit of the maintenance centre for high-speed trains and the visit of the El Hachef Viaduct.

To read the full speech given by Mr Loubinoux please click here (the spoken word alone prevails):

For further information please contact Jacques Colliard, Head of UIC Security Division:

Or Barbara Mouchel, Communications Advisor – Major Events:

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UIC Railway Asset Management Conference held from 6 – 7 April 2017 in Brisbane, Australia

From 6 – 7 April UIC held its Asset Management Conference in Brisbane Australia.
This conference was held in conjunction and co-operation with the Asset Management Council and their conference AMPEAK. Both conferences were well attended and it is the first time that UIC was able to showcase the benefits of membership to the wider Australian rail industry.

Around 85 experts from the railway domain, from Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, Russia, UK, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Finland, France, etc. attended the two-day conference.

The opening session was delivered by Tom Sargant, Australia-Oceania UIC representative in the presence of The Hon John Anderson, Chairman of ACRI Australia, former Vice Prime Minister of Australia, David McKeown, Chief Executive & Secretary, Institute of Asset Management and Dr Marc Antoni, UIC Rail System Department Director.

The focus of the conference was the dissemination of the recently issued “ISO 55001 Application Guide for Railway Infrastructure Organisations” and the main objectives of the conference was to:

  • Explain the context of ISO 55001 and the relevance of an Asset Management System;
  • Explain each requirement of ISO 55001, within a railway context, and suggest evidence requirements or ‘artefacts’ that can be used to support the seeking of compliance with or certification to ISO 55001;
  • Provide an outline of the sequential approach to implementation of ISO 55001 and to assist railway organisations in preparing for a certification audit.

The conference also heard about the latest developments across the Asset Management world, with speakers from the wider Australian rail industry as well as from outside the railway sector and from different continents.

Feedback from members who attended and from non members who also joined the conference was that it was very rich in content and provided a great forum for the exchange of information and experiences. Although it was a long way for many members to travel, it was pleasing that members from Europe and Asia were in attendance. This experience has proved worthwhile and demonstrates the relevance of UIC in Australia and the hope that further organisations will be encouraged to join UIC.

For further information please contact Teodor Gradinariu, UIC Senior Technical Advisor:

Or Béatrice Ségéral, Senior Advisor Institutional Relations & Asia Pacific Region:

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Results from 3rd edition of the UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards

Rail transport faces huge present and future challenges for which innovation and step changes are necessary. As UIC’s overall mission is to promote an increased use of rail transport at world level and to help members to make rail transport more attractive, effective, sustainable and economically viable, the General Assemblies have brought their strong support to the ambitious programme of UIC’s International Railway Research Board (IRRB), as well as its initiative to set up the UIC Rail Research & Innovation Awards. The 3rd edition of the Awards concluded with the organisation of the Award ceremony held in St Petersburg in Russia on 1 December 2016.

Through these Awards, the UIC aims to support and promote:

  • The development of theoretical, experimental and applied research in railway transport
  • The development process of international cooperation in this field
  • The promotion and attraction of leading experts from different countries, research institutes, universities, railway operators, infrastructure managers, railway suppliers, passenger transport organizations, governmental bodies in charge of transport and individual researches to address the most important problems and challenges of modern railways
  • The global recognition of role of single researchers and research groups in order to establish rail as the sustainable backbone of the transportation system which is cost-efficient, reliable, safe and secure and therefore will become the mode of choice for passengers and freight forwarders

As well as to:

  • Support and encourage gifted young researchers, stimulate their research work in the sphere of railway transport, prepare a new generation of researchers, lay the foundations for future innovative development of railway transport and attract young researchers in the sphere of railway transport as well as to support the creation of favorable conditions for scientific discoveries and innovative achievements involving young researchers
  • Honour those people who have spent their lifetime trying to innovate and improve the railway system and its services – the Lifetime Achievement Award

Following the previous articles in the series of 2016 Awards we now present you with some information on Mr Jong Un Won, the UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Award winner in the category of Freight and his development of the IoT (Internet of Things) based real time freight cars and hazardous freight monitoring systems.

UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards – Rail Freight Award Winner 2016

Jong Un Won ( was born in 1972 and holds the position of Principal Researcher at the Logistics System Research Division of the Korea Railroad Research Institute - KRRI. He has among other things developed an IoT based Freight train management system, has researched the international freight management based on IT(e-seal etc.) as well as the Vision based Picking system by Augmented Reality, established the concept ubiquitous-rail system in Korea, researched the RFID Field test in postal environment, designed RFID postal pallet management system and planned the strategy for adapting RFID to Postal system.

IoT (Internet of Things) based real time freight cars and hazardous freight monitoring system

(KRRI has developed a real-time freight car and hazardous freight monitoring system by applying IoT (Internet of Things) technologies. The IoT monitoring system can track down the location and overall status of freight cars. The system consists of two major components as follows: 1. Inter-car network installed on each monitored freight car, identifying the location and connection sequence of cars and 2. Intra-car network, displaying status of each freight car, such as break units, the weight and the valve status.

The system continuously monitors the motion of freight car and the status of break units through the mounted Long Range (LoRa) and LTE-m networks and GPS. These data are analysed through RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety) analysis, thus enable the condition based maintenance to decrease the total costs of maintenance while increasing reliability and safety. We have introduced the following Innovations: 1. Organisational Process Innovation: information sharing becomes more transparent as sensor data are collected and freight cars are continuously monitored 2. Rail Sector Maintenance Workforce Management: analysing of big data collected from the monitoring system by which failure and reliability functions work out, enabling prediction of possible equipment failures leading to reliability-centered maintenance, also setting criteria and facilitating to plan maintenance workforce, increasing availability and maintainability. 3. Organisational Process Enhancement through Quality Manual: includes flexible quality manuals, check lists and requirements-responsibility manual. 4. Efficient and Effective Rail Transportation Involved Supply Chain Management: Through coordination with IoT monitoring system on warehouses, trucks and ships, operators can obtain real time status of cargo freight and vehicles. The research can be applied in tracking hazardous materials or cargo freight from departure to destination in longitudinal supply chain. These impacts enable retailers to help operate efficient and effective supply chain management.

For more information on this innovation, please contact Mr Jong Un Won at For more information about the UIC – International Rail Research Board – IRRB and the UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards, please contact Dennis Schut at

See also for various rail research related information and links

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The UIC Rail Research Portal

Part of UIC’s Mission is to “Develop and facilitate all forms of international cooperation among Members, facilitate the sharing of best practices (benchmarking)”.

Dissemination and knowledge exchange
Based on this idea of sharing best practices and information, the UIC’s IRRB – International Rail Research Board – has defined “Dissemination and Knowledge Exchange” as one of its five working areas. The aim is to promote the use of the UIC Research Portal set up by the IRRB and to stimulate and facilitate its members to cross-member knowledge exchange and dissemination of their research and innovation results based publications.

It is good practice when setting up a research project to first make sure that one is aware of the present state of the art, to try and gather all available knowledge from previous research projects and studies and to search for information about project running in this specific area. This will avoid overlap and saves money and helps to focus the research in areas where there still is information lacking.

However, this was always easier said than done. The UIC Rail Research Portal was designed to do just this: avoid overlap of research and save money by providing information gathered from the UIC members as well as from research institutes, academia, researchers and other stakeholders from all over the world.

SPARK – RSSB’s interactive webtool for the rail industry sector to share knowledge, reduce duplication and speed up innovation

SPARK is a free, interactive web tool for the rail industry to share and find key information and help drive innovation. SPARK users create a community of professionals working together to reduce duplication, speed up innovation and maximise value.

At the heart of SPARK is a library where users have the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and find something new. This helps the rail industry and its research community in particular to understand what we know and who knows it, and creates opportunities for networking and cooperation. SPARK helps the user to understand what is known and who knows it and creates opportunities for networking and cooperation. SPARK also incorporates the RSSB Human Factors library.

It is easy to navigate and to browse by topic, such as infrastructure, human factors, operations, rolling stock, technical system integration, weather and climate change etc., all directly rail related. Each topic contains thousands of documents, the topic ‘infrastructure even well over 12,000!

Every topic then has many detailed subtopics. For instance, under ‘rolling stock we find sub topics such as: train design components, testing, traction and train-born energy sources, barking systems, condition monitoring and inspection, train control and on board diagnosis and many more. Besides this one can also check for a specific content type such as publication, research project, etc., or check for publication year, type of organisation where the information originated or check by country of origin. One can also search all papers presented at the various WCRRs – World Conference on Rail Research. For more than 22.000 rail research & innovation related documents please check out and register at SPARK through the link at the UIC Research Portal

ACRI Austral-Asian Railway Knowledge Bank – the online resource of rail knowledge

Part of the Austral-Asian Centre for Rail Innovation is to provide innovative solutions to improve productivity and support the competitive position of the Australian and New Zealand rail industry. Using and contributing to this data base will also be equally beneficial to the railway industry and stakeholders from other regions. ACRI work closely together with the RSSB and exchanges information with SPARK. It is a member of the UIC and recently has signed an MOU for cooperation in the area of knowledge exchange and dissemination. ACRIs General Director Mrs. Vicki Brown is vice-chairperson of the UIC’s IRRB and is leading the above mentioned working area “Dissemination and Knowledge Exchange”.

The Railway Knowledge Bank can also be reached through the UIC Research Portal and is also easy to use. One can browse by conference – to view the scientific documents or by subject, such as environment, freight services, ITS, operations, management, passenger services, safety, security, rolling stock, infrastructure and history. Through the Knowledge Bank one can also access the Indian Railways Knowledge Portal!

Another initiative of the UIC’s IRRB is the set up a database of the world´s major research institutions providing information about their professional focus and about their most important results in the field of railway research. Part of the WORC database contains information about professionally oriented capacities of the institutions - focused both on individuals or whole teams - and their laboratories and test and research centers with the description of the technical facilities, performed tests and certifications.

The database provides not only an overview of the world’s top research institutions, but also other information from the field of railway research with links to the world’s major sources of information. At the same time the WORC is a marketing tool for the implementation of services capacity and research institutions in the market of railway research and testing.

In order to access the WORC database, it is necessary to request a password which can be done directly from the WORC homepage. Registration is free of charge and once registered one can access the database of information or add information about one’s own rail research institute, test facility or railway specialised academia.
WORC is a relatively new tool and still under development but already operational. It can also be accessed through the UIC Rail Research portal

The famous British photographer David Bailey once said: “The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading”. As far as the innovation of the rail system is concerned, we could perhaps translate this wise saying into something like “Knowledge is power as is learning from each other and sharing information”. Through the UIC Research Portal we can find the knowledge we need within SPARK, the Rail Knowledge bank, WORC and other facilities. On the other hand the UIC strongly stimulates and facilitates the sharing of knowledge. We gladly receive any information, documents, articles or summaries of your innovative work which we will facilitate to introduce into the above mentioned research & innovation data bases. An easy template for this is also available upon request.

For further information about the UIC – International Rail Research Board – IRRB and the UIC Research Portal, SPARK, the ACRI Railway Knowledge Bank and WORC, please contact Dennis Schut:

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UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux highlights actions taken by the rail sector to reduce noise at the DG ENV high-level event Noise in Europe

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux was invited by DG ENV to speak at the high-level Noise in Europe conference at the Charlemagne building in Brussels on 24 April 2017.

Recent evidence indicates that one in four EU citizens are affected by environmental noise resulting in almost 16,000 premature deaths per year. To address this, the European Commission is currently evaluating existing regulation and developing new policy proposals concerning transport noise. In support of these processes, DG ENV organised a high-level to seek perspectives from a range of stakeholders.

Key note introductions were given by Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport and Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. These were followed by opening speeches by Daniel Calleja, Director General, European Commission – DG Environment, Elizabet Paunovic, Head of WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environment Agency (EEA), John Ryan, Director, European Commission – DG Health and Food Safety.

In his address to the session on Strategy for effective noise control, Mr Loubinoux highlighted initiatives and actions and investments by the rail sector to develop noise solutions including the STAIRRS ( ) project and EuropeTrain ( projects. Regarding funding, Mr loubinoux commented:

It is no co-incidence that where strong financial support has been proved, action to reduce noise from wagons has been swift – the clearest examples of this are government funding in Switzerland and Germany. It is clear that with greater levels of funding we would see faster progress across Europe. There are a number of examples from other sectors, including both inland shipping and roads where scrappage incentives have been successfully used. We believe something similar to this would be both welcome and effective.

The UIC noise expert network continues to manage a number of technical development projects to support cost effective noise management and works closely with the CER (Community of European Railways) to promote well informed policy.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

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2017 Training on High Speed Rail Systems Level I

Following a 14-year tradition and in the frame of the UIC Intercity and High Speed Committee, the 2017 edition of the Training Session on High Speed Systems, level I (THSS 2017) took place from 24 – 28 April, at UIC, in Paris. This year’s session included a technical visit to the new high speed line Bretagne, Le Mans – Rennes, and to the technical exhibition on HSR created by the City of Sciences in cooperation with UIC.

This training session follows the two main principles of High Speed Rail: to be a complex system and the many different approaches of this innovative transport system, by having a view of such systems’ development across the world.
This event is becoming increasingly important for decision-makers and all those professionally involved in high speed rail projects to be familiar with all the aspects and implications thereof in order that they may take or propose objective decisions on transport development.

The session is targeted at managers in decision-making positions in the transport sector in general, and in the railways in particular, whether working for railway companies or for ministries, local authorities, universities, advisory bodies, agencies or associations.

Over five days, the lectures examine all the elements that make up high speed systems (as well as all the different types of systems included in this category), and to gauge their impact impartially and objectively from a technical, economic, political and social standpoint.

As in previous years, 40 speakers from 11 countries exchanges knowledge and experiences with 38 students from 15 countries (Italy, Spain, France, Germany, UK, Thailand, Japan, China, Belgium…)

The training session, organised by the UIC Passenger and HSR Department team, under the coordination of Iñaki Barrón, Director of the Passenger and High Speed Department, was opened and presented by the Director General of UIC, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux.

The 2017 edition of the second level of this training session will take place in Madrid from 13 – 17 November.

For further information please contact Inaki Barron, UIC Director of the High Speed & Passenger Department:

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UIC in Madrid for the 25th anniversary of AVE high speed rail service

Last week UIC took part in the 25th anniversary of the entry into service of AVE, Spain’s first high speed rail service between Madrid and Seville. The service was inaugurated on 21 April 1992, coinciding with the opening of the Expo ’92 World Fair in Seville, commemorating the fifth centenary of the discovery of America.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, took part in the three events, highlighted UIC’s involvement in the area of high speed passenger services around the world, the support it gives to its members through projects on research, network development, stations and services.

Mr Loubinoux also stressed that in the international context of high speed rail, passenger services play a vital role, in addition to technological aspects which are being developed in the different areas in which UIC is giving its support.

For further information please contact Inaki Barron, UIC Director of the High Speed & Passenger Department:

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UIC in Rennes, France, for high speed line to Brittany

UIC seeks to disseminate and spread the key ideas that underlie the railways among the general public, and particular among the younger population, by highlighting the advantages of rail in the areas of safety, security, risk prevention and the future vision of urban planning and international links, where rail is the backbone of a new transport mix.

Last week was punctuated by three events in the area of high speed rail, in which UIC actively participated, and a High Speed Rail System Training Session is taking place at UIC this week.

An event was held a few days ago in Rennes, France, a few months before the new line to Brittany enters service. The service will run from Paris to Rennes in one hour 25 minutes and coincides with the 10th anniversary of the 571.8 km/hour high speed world record.

On this occasion UIC and the region of Brittany had prepared an exhibition on high speed rail, which was open to the public and which, following Rennes, would be presented to the Cité des Sciences in Paris and part of which would come to UIC headquarters.

Also on this occasion, a meeting of the UIC High Speed Rail Committee was held in Rennes and was attended by a large number of international representatives, which gave this new French project more visibility and recognition on the international stage.

For further information please contact Inaki Barron, UIC Director of the High Speed & Passenger Department:

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8th RailTopoModel Conference to be held on 4 May 2017 in Paris

Free attendance – please register via

UIC and are pleased to invite you to participate in their bi-annual RailTopoModel and railML® conference.

Digitalisation is ultimately about changing business processes. RailTopoModel and railML®3 are meant to become one significant enabling technology in the railway context. See for yourself and provide your feedback!

With this conference, we wish you to establish how relevant RailTopoModel and railML® may be to your current business. First operational usages of RTM will be presented, and the latest developments will be reviewed (time management, interlocking, physical objects and geometry…).

The latest railML®3 developments will be introduced. Moreover, our prepared cooperation with buildingSMART International paves the way towards a comprehensive framework for integrated BIM, Asset Management and Operation.

The conference is open to all and free of charge. It will be held at UIC Headquarters.

For more information about the conference and for registration, please consult our flyer:

For further information please contact Airy Magnien, Head of the Data, Statistics & Economics Unit:

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Reminder: Less than one month to register for the 3rd World Conference on Rail Telecoms to be held on 17 and 18 May 2017 at UIC in Paris

Register now for the GSM-R FRMCS Conference, organised in partnership with the Railway Operational Communications Industry Group (ROC-IG) in Paris, UIC Headquarters, on 17 and 18 May 2017.

This edition will be the first one devoted to the transition from GSM-R to FRMCS: On track for Evolution and Convergence aims to meet the current needs as well as new features enabling rail to evolve towards digitalisation.

Railways and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to freely exchange their experiences and share their vision for the future of the system.

The following suppliers will be present at the Exhibition: Comtest Wireless, Cybertel, Expandium Frequentis, Funkwerk, Iskratel, Kapsch, Nokia, Siemens and ZTE

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Second CYRAIL workshop held on 7 April 2017 at Fortiss in Munich

Reminder: CYRAIL project has received funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730843. CYRAIL is addressing the topic “Threat detection and profile protection definition for cybersecurity assessment”. The project, led by EVOLEO, started on October 2016 and will last 24 months. At UIC the project is managed by the security division.

This workshop was dedicated to Rail Cybersecurity and brought together representatives from Alstom and Thales (Shift2Rail), Network Rail and EUROC representing rail end-users, Railenium representing research organisations and the partners of the CYRAIL consortium (EVOLEO, Airbus, Fortiss, Atsec, Euskoiker and UIC).

The objective was to present the overall progress of the project deliverables and to exchange on the operational scenario as well as on the security assessment methodology developed within CYRAIL.

The session started with an introduction from EVOLEO reminding the goals of CYRAIL, the structure of the project and the main points of focus.

The UIC’s Rail System department presented the progress of the task on rail systems within the transport environment. This part will be completed by the next task led by EVOLEO on the security technologies and processes already used in the rail environment. Both tasks will then be consolidated within WP2 “Operational Context and Scenario” into a single deliverable on requirements of rail transport in multi-stakeholder environments.

After this first session on WP2, discussions followed concerning the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards on industrial automation and control systems security. Presentations were then given on the security assessment methodology being developed within CYRAIL and on the operational scenario which will focus on communications as defined during the last workshop. Security by designs concepts, including Multiple Independent Levels of Security, were presented by Fortiss.
During these presentations, the importance of close cooperation between X2RAIL-1 work package on cyber security of rail systems and CYRAIL through the advisory board was emphasised, as X2RAIL-1 will deliver guidelines for security assessment dedicated to Railway and Urban, specifications for a secure railway network including threat detection, prevention and response mechanisms and will then specify related demonstrators.

The workshop ended with a discussion on the approaches of centralised and distributed architectures from a cybersecurity point of view.

For further information please contact Charles Rosseel, UIC Project Advisor:

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4th UIC World Congress on Rail Training 2017 “Unite, Inspire, Connect” held from 5 – 7 April 2017 in Potsdam, Germany

The 4th edition of the World Congress on Rail Training jointly organised by UIC, the International Union of Railways, Deutsche Bahn Training, Learning & Consulting, SNCF and FS took place from 5 – 7 April 2017 at DB AG/DB Akademie facility (UNESCO World Heritage Kaiserbahnhof) in Potsdam, Germany. The congress brought together 180 participants from 34 different countries.

Organised every two years at the initiative of the UIC Expertise Development Platform (EDP), which draws its expertise from the regional Rail Training Centres’ Networks, the World Congresses on Rail Training main purpose is to enhance workforce development through sharing best practice in rail training across the entire industry.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director-General, Mrs Ursula Schütze-Kreilkamp, DB Mobility Logistics AG’s Head of Personnel Development, and Mrs Esther Marconi, Chairwoman of UIC Expertise Development Platform, opened the Congress.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux welcomed all participants and said “The WCRT congresses are important events for decision-makers in rail training and human resources, as well as for the railway community in general. […] We need innovation, thus intelligence, and this comes from the workforce, the younger generation, the universities and from the start-up ecosystem that will bring the creativity and reactivity the railway sector needs. […] Therefore, one of UIC’s main activities is to support its members with this issue, namely via the Railway Talent project, and the development of the portfolio of online training courses”.

Ursula Schütze-Kreilkamp insisted on the need for all railway-related stakeholders to unite their efforts “[…], to bring together as many people as possible, make them excited about training and rail, we have to find what’s best for all. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to move forward together.”

Finally, Esther Marconi highlighted that “we are living at the peak of globalisation, and […] we are going through a hazy time, with incredibly fast evolution. […] Fortunately, due to technology progress, the mobility industries, specifically the railway ones, expect employment growth. In this framework, training, as a facilitator of Human Resources Development, is of vital importance”.

Over the two and a half days, the participants had the opportunity to attend different plenary sessions and workshops, covering a wide range of topical issues, inter alia:

  • Demographic challenge: how to attract & motivate new generations but also how to keep the older workers healthy and engaged at work
  • Transfer of competencies and knowledge
  • New approaches to leadership in a complex world
  • Innovation & design thinking
  • New Learning solutions and business excellence
  • Safety & security training
  • Cooperation between academia and rail industry
  • Talent
  • Digital skills

The congress was also the occasion to present the results of UIC Expertise Development Platform’s (EDP) three current project groups, as well as explore new potential projects and partnerships.
Interest was expressed in continuing cooperation around the following topics:

  • Trainer development project (trainer profile in the future). A workshop dedicated to full dissemination of project deliverables will be organised in the frame of next EDP meeting, on 26-27 October, Italy.
  • GRTMS project. The need for a UIC basic GRTMS training course was confirmed by the workshops’ attendees. UIC is a neutral trusted party and the course should address new developments in GRTMS, as well as target all parties involved in GRTMS.
  • Simulation training. After presentation of phase 1 of the project, the workshop’s participants validated the idea of “building a community of users”.

In addition, a new project group dedicated to “Digital skills passport” will be set up.

The organisation of a social programme which kept conference participants busy throughout the three days favoured numerous networking opportunities.

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of the Expertise Development Unit:

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UIC participated in meeting with Public Transport Authority of Western Australia

On 13 April 2017 UIC took part in a meeting at the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia.

During the meeting, Teodor Gradinariu, UIC Senior Technical Advisor, introduced UIC and its activities, explained how to become a member, and presented a number of projects such as Asset Management, ISO 55000 implementation guidelines, LICB, UIC Smart KPIs, Leaflets and IRSs (International Railway Solution), and SATLOC.

Mr Gradinariu also held interesting discussions with:

Mrs Rebeca Taylor, Control System Engineering Manager, Dr Frank Heibel, Project Manager Automatic Train Control, Mrs Quian Zheng, Risk Management Coordinator, Automatic Train Control, Mr Michael Crocker Project Officer, Radio Systems Replacement, Mr Kelvin Liu, Project Officer, Automatic Train Control.

Following the meeting a visit was organised to the Train Control Centre (TCC) of the Public Transport Authority of Western Australia, hosted by David Van de Velde, the Train Services Manager.

For further information please contact Teodor Gradinariu, UIC Senior Technical Advisor:

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Mr Hong, Soon-man, CEO and President of Korail, visits UIC Headquarters

Mr Hong, Soon-man, recently appointed new CEO and President of Korea Railroad Corporation Korail, visited UIC Headquarters in Paris on 4 April and met the Director General of UIC Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux and several members of the management team of UIC, Vincent Vu, Director of Institutional Relations, Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific Region, Paul Véron, Director, Relations with Members and Partner Organisations, Coordinator for the Middle-East Region, and Francis Bédel, Chief Digital Officer at UIC.

The Korail delegation included Mr Albert B, H, Ahn, Senior Executive Director, Passenger Business HQ, Mr Won, Jong-Chul, Head of International Cooperation Department, IRaTCA, Mr Lee, Ju Hyung, Senior Advisor at UIC seconded from Korail.

UIC Director General presented Mr Hong, Soon-man with the main focuses of international cooperation activities of the railways within the UIC framework. He mentioned in particular the global activities related to standardisation and interoperability, railway research, the digital revolution and the perspectives for railways, the development of long distance intercontinental corridors, in particular Euro-Asian corridors, the activities aiming to improve the sustainability of rail transport, educational and training activities, etc.

Vincent Vu gave an overview of the activities of the UIC Asia-Pacific Region and Francis Bédel presented the main challenges and perspectives connected with the digitalisation of the railways, in mentioning in particular the activities of the UIC Digital Platform.

KORAIL as a railway is very active in the field of railway research and implementation of advanced technologies (in terms of high speed, automated operations, introduction of digital system, etc.) was invited to play an active role in the development of the UIC Digital programme (coordinated by the Digital Platform).

The visit provided an opportunity for extremely open and constructive exchanges between Korail and UIC delegations.

For further information please contact Vincent Vu, Director of the Institutional Relations Department, Coordinator of the UIC Asia-Pacific Region:

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News from UIC members

China: Urumqi Railway Administration launches the first dedicated train this year for enjoying apricot blossoms

At 9:14 am on 25 March, Train No. D9966 departed from Urumqi to Turpan North Railway Station.

This is the first dedicated train this year for enjoying apricot blossoms operated by Urumqi Railway Administration, carrying 600 passengers to Xinjiang to enjoy beautiful apricot blossoms by high-speed railway.

It takes only 59 minutes for the train to arrive at Turpan North Railway Station. In the apricot plantation occupying around six square kilometres in Toksun County of Turpan city of Xinjiang, passengers can enjoy spring scenery, appreciate flowers, and watch various folk performances, such as horse racing, girl-chasing, Aqin Aytis and Kazakh Kures.

After appreciating flowers, passengers could take train No. D9965 back to Urumqi on the same night.

(Source: CR)

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Russia: Russian Railways and China Railways agree on expanding electronic data exchange when booking container shipments

Negotiations between JSC Russian Railways and Chinese Railways have been concluded in Moscow.

The sides noted the high number of China-Russia-Europe rail container shipments and agreed to consolidate their work on introducing electronic data exchange technologies.

They also agreed in their assessments that the potential for container transportation is about 1 million containers per annum.

“Today, the exchange of paper documents is not just inefficient, it also damages the competitiveness of railway transport. It is necessary to replicate the practice of issuing the CIM/SMGS consignment note on different routes. And finally, we must arrive at the point where we can dispatch container trains ’by timetable,’” said Alexander Misharin, First Vice-President of Russian Railways.

“We have a freight base for transit, but in order to attract it to rail transport, it is necessary to regulate issues related to customs clearance,” said Huang Ming, Deputy Managing Director of Chinese Railways.

The two delegations also agreed to establish a joint working group on the issues of high-speed freight transportation. In particular, the issue of organising a demonstration run of freight transportation by baggage train from China to Russia will be worked out.

In addition, the talks touched upon various aspects of the design and construction of the Moscow-Kazan High Speed Railway. The sides noted the successful progress of the design and survey work and the readiness of the two companies to engage in further cooperation.

Following the negotiations, a protocol was signed on further joint action.
Railway transport volumes on the East-West International Transport Corridor in the last three years have increased from 43,900 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in 2014 to 150,600 TEUs in 2016.

At the same time, the volume of transportation on sea routes between Europe-Asia and Asia-Europe has hardly changed.

One of the trends in recent years has been a multiple increase in transit traffic from Europe to Asia.

(Source: RZD)

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United Kingdom: HS2 launches hunt for station designers and Euston development partner

The search for world-class architects, designers and developers to deliver four ambitious and iconic new HS2 stations began on 7 April with the publication of contract opportunities for station designs and a development partner for London Euston. The winning bidders will work with High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd to develop and refine the detailed plans for three brand new stations, at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and London’s Old Oak Common, as well as a major expansion of London Euston.

The stations will welcome tens of thousands of passengers every day from all over the UK, providing easy and accessible onward connections to local transport, airports and connecting rail services as well as step-free access from street to seat. In total more than 170,000 new jobs are expected to be created in the wider development areas surrounding the four stations.

A separate contest, also launched on 7 April, will seek a Master Development Partner to advise on, and later take forward, development opportunities for new homes, offices and retail space above and around the revamped London Euston. The winner will work with HS2 Ltd, Network Rail, the station design contract winner and local authorities to deliver a unified plan to unlock the full potential of the area.
This comprehensive approach has the potential to deliver up to 21 hectares of development space as well as improving accessibility and creating new public and green spaces across the wider Euston site.

Welcoming the launch of the competition, Transport Minister Andrew Jones said:
“The search for design teams to produce plans for new stations and world-class amenities for London Euston, Old Oak Common, Birmingham Interchange and Birmingham Curzon Street stations is a major step towards making HS2 a catalyst for growth across the country. The winning bidders will need to ensure the stations provide the best possible customer experience. There are also huge opportunities for development near all the HS2 stations. HS2 Ltd is progressing its search for a partner to deliver new homes, shops and offices around Euston station once the core HS2 work is complete.”

HS2 Ltd Commercial Director Beth West said:
“We’re looking for the brightest and the best from across the industry to help us deliver one of the most tangible legacies of the HS2 project – three brand new stations and a major expansion of London Euston.
All four present unique challenges and opportunities for the winning bidders. Together we will deliver world-class designs that help unlock wider local regeneration opportunities and provide unparalleled levels of accessibility, ease and convenience for the travelling public.”

Commenting on the development at Euston, HS2 Ltd Commercial Development Director Tom Venner said:
“Euston has been the gateway to the nation and the nation’s capital for over a century. HS2 provides the opportunity for it to continue that role into the next century - and for the local community to be proud of that role. Together with our development partner, we aim to redevelop Euston in a way that will make it not just the nation’s hub, but London’s as well, the heartbeat of both the nation and the capital, fit for the 21st century and beyond.”

David Biggs, Managing Director, Network Rail Property said:
“Network Rail welcomes the opportunity to create a new London destination at Euston mirroring its neighbour King’s Cross and St Pancras where our investment in the station acted as a catalyst, bringing inward investment and regenerating the whole area into a thriving new London quarter.

The HS2 terminal at Euston will have a similar effect, it will become the initial focus for the wider regeneration of the station and surrounding area with an opportunity to create a new vibrant commercial and residential district in the heart of London with fantastic connectivity to the rest of the UK and Europe.”

Bidders for the station designs and the Euston Master Development Partner are expected to be shortlisted in the summer, with contracts signed early next year. The station design work will be split into four packages.

(Source: HS2)

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Kazakhstan: Railway administrations of Kazakhstan and China agreed in Beijing to increase cargo flows in the China-Europe transit via Kazakhstan

On 13 April, the head of JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) Kanat Alpysbaev held talks with the general director of the Chinese Railways Lu Dongfu in Beijing.

The parties discussed the prospects for cooperation between the railway administrations of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the People’s Republic of China in the framework of the “Nurly Zhol” programme and the “Economic belt of the Silk Road” initiative.

China has developed a five-year plan for the development of international container transport between China and Europe. Kazakhstan actively participates in the development of transcontinental transit traffic.

According to the results of 2016, the volume of container shipments from China to Europe amounted to 104.5 thousand TEU, which is twice as much as in 2015. By 2020, it is planned to increase the volume of container traffic to 800 thousand TEU.

Last year, the volume of transport between the RK and the PRC was over 8 million tons of cargo, which is 16.6 percent more than in 2015. In 2017, more than 10 million tonnes of cargo is planned to be transported through the railway border crossings of the two states.

K. Alpysbaev informed the meeting about the measures on reorientation of container cargo flows from the interstate point Alashankou - Dostyk transfer to Khorgos - Altynkol with processing at the dry port of the SEZ Khorgos - Eastern Gateway.

As a result of the talks, the agreements on the organisation of container trains on the China-Europe route were signed, as well as the organisation of theAstana-Altynkol high-speed passenger train (consisting of Tulpar-Talgo rail cars) from May 2017 within the framework of the international exhibition EXPO-2017 in Astana.

(Source: KTZ)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 3 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 11-12 September 2019 TEG Plenary Meeting Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 12 September 2019 European Management committee Assistants
  • 17-19 September 2019 UIC PoSE Meeting Vienna
  • 17 September 2019 Plenary meeting and Standardisation international Conf Paris UIC
  • 23-28 September 2019 UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2019 on Railway Accessibility for the Public Seoul, Korea
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Rome- Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 28 October 2019 - 1 November 2019 WCRR Tokyo, Japan
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 6 November 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 6 November 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2019 95th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 12 November 2019 TTI Sector Meeting Paris, UIC HQ
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris

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