Driving Efficiency with New Technology


New Technology (Theatre 1), Tuesday 21 March 2017

Opening Keynote Session: Rail Leadership & New Digital Paradigms


Organiser's Welcome Remarks

Mr Lincoln Leong

Keynote Interviews

Join us for a series of exclusive interviews, where leaders of major rail operators share their plans to manage increasing passenger capacity and operational demands. Hear their thoughts on what the major game changers in the next few years will be and what they are doing to keep up with the competition.

Interviewer: Colin Stewart, Global Rail Leader, Arup

08:55 – 09:10: Interview with Lincoln Leong, CEO, MTR Corporation

09:10 – 09:25: Interview with Desmond Kuek, President & Group CEO, SMRT Corporation

09:25 – 09:40: Interview with Azmi Abdul Aziz, President & Group CEO, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad

Mr Colin Stewart

Rail Leaders’ Panel

Following their interviews, our rail leaders will be joined by other special guests to explore the big issues affecting rail operators throughout Asia and beyond. Issues for discussion include:

•    How can we balance the pressure to increase passenger capacity with cost constraints?
•    How can we overcome funding challenges for new projects and project upgrades? What potential is there in increased use of PPPs and the capital markets?
•    With assets working harder and longer, what are the big picture asset management issues that we need to be aware of?
•    What are the real disruptive forces in the rail industry?
•    What’s the number one priority issue in your operator boardroom right now?
Mr Colin Stewart

The Digital Railway of the Future

The rail industry isn’t traditionally known for being a first-adopter or quick to adapt to new trends and market conditions, but in the digital future, that needs to change. Join us for this exciting keynote session as we explore what the digital railway of the future will look like, from both operator & passenger perspective. We’lll consider the impact of emerging technologies such as IoT and artificial intelligence, imagine the physical train of the future and its journey times, and also how the traditional station could change to become a connected lifestyle hub for both business and leisure.

Exhibition, Networking & Refreshments

Driving Efficiency with New Technologies

TC Chew
New Technology (Theatre 1)

Future development roadmap of railway engineering and technology

•    What are the major advances we can expect in the rail industry?
•    How will infrastructure and rail systems cope with increasing passenger demand?
•    How can innovations in the railway engineering lead to greater operational reliability and performance?
Kuldeep Gharatya
New Technology (Theatre 1)

How IoT technology is changing the game in rail operations

•    Train Management Systems applications for IoT technology
•    How IoT is enabling more effective maintenance
•    Applications of wearable technology for rail operators
•    From purchase to lease: Does IoT have the potential to change the entire business model of rail operators?
•    Connecting unconnected systems: IoT applications for legacy systems and operations
Mr Terry Wong
New Technology (Theatre 1)

Deploying artificial intelligence to manage complex maintenance schedules: A case study on HK’s MTR

•    How can AI be effectively deployed in managing complex asset maintenance schedules? 
•    Challenges in design & implementation of AI on rail systems
•    Key takeaways for other metros in implementing AI on their own systems
Mr Raheel Qureshi
New Technology (Theatre 1)

Evolution of Cyber Threat in the Digital World – Past versus Future

•    Learn about the dark side of the underground world, cyber security threat landscape and malicious threat actors penetrating Urban Rail ecosystem.
•    How to prevent from such type of threat and attack vectors.  What are key Defense in Depth architecture, security operations and people approach  
•    Overview of technical and administrative controls solutions and conclusion•    Identifying security holes in your operating and signalling systems
•    Connected but vulnerable? What steps can you take to protect your wireless and cloud-based infrastructure?
•    Putting cyber security on the management agenda

Networking Lunch & Exhibition Visit


Exhibition, Networking & Refreshments

Roundtable Discussion Session

Now’s your chance to get really interactive! Simply pick a table and join the debate. Each roundtable discussion group will focus on an issue affecting rail operations in Asia Pacific. Spend time with your peers debating the challenge and perhaps you’ll find a solution together.
Mr Jochen Apel

.NOKIA COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP (Held in Signalling & Communications theatre)

Network Transformation Railways

In this joint workshop session with Nokia and our partner CommTel Network Solutions, you will learn about the railway industry challenges, Nokia end-to-end mission-critical railway solutions and how we will transform VicTrack’s mission-critical railway communications network in Australia. Thanks to this transformation, VicTrack communication systems will be able to support a variety of railway services to ensure better safety and reliable operations throughout Australia’s second most populous state.

round tables


Mr William Sabandar, President Director, PT. MRT Jakarta

Modernization of freight wagon rolling stock for improved asset utilization and lower life cycle cost

- Rolling stock modernization goals
- Undercarriage equipment performance to meet challenges of operating conditions
- Equipment maintenance

Closing Keynote Plenary

Mr Morris Cheung

Building operational excellence competency: Supporting knowledge & skills sharing

Rightly so customers are increasingly demanding for better service quality of railway operations not only in normal service but also during service interruption.  Building operational excellence competency and capability is inevitably a top priority task for management.  The presentation will elaborate how MTR develops its operational excellence capability through MTR Academy’s integrated training approach supporting knowledge and skills sharing, and how MTR Academy is going to achieve its mission of developing railway experts and executives with the aim of advancing service and operational excellence of the railway industry worldwide.
Panel discussion

Operations Reliability Panel

Join us for this panel discussion to round out the first day of Asia Pacific Rail 2017, as rail leaders share their strategies and challenges in maintaining high operational reliability standards. Some key issues for debate include:  

•    How can we maintain high reliability standards while managing the growing demand for rail services?
•    How can we ensure service reliability amidst ongoing asset renewal and maintenance?
•    How can IT innovations be harnessed to improve rail reliability and operational performance?
•    How can technology be used to move the industry forward while not undermining the fundamentals of sound railway practice? 

Networking Drinks Reception

Join us for a drink at the end of day one and catch-up with old friends whilst also making lucrative new contacts.
last published: 20/Mar/17 11:06


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