Signalling & Communications


Signalling & Communications (Theatre 2), 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

CS Chang
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Brownfield Signalling

Mr Jun Zhang
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构建互联互通的城市轨道交通网络化运营体系 Building an Interconnected Urban Rail Transit Network Operation System

  • Implementation of intelligent & interoperable train control system
  • Ensuring seamless integration with existing networks
  • Key takeaways for other rail operators
*This session will be conducted in Mandarin. Simultaneous interpretation headsets are available for non-Mandarin speaking conference attendees.
Mr Qingdong Jia
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Re-signaling Project: Innovation & Practice

Mr Qingdong Jia, Engineering Desgin Center General Manager, Traffic Control Technology
Mr Philip Wong
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Large-scale CBTC Migration: A MTR Case Study

  • Resignalling and upgrading the signalling systems of 7 metro lines
  • Strategies for minimising impact on commuters during upgrading
  • Ensuring seamless integration with existing networks
  • Key takeaways for other rail operators
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Combined Q&A

Join us to ask questions on what the speakers have presented. Let's hear their further thoughts and voice your opinions

Networking Lunch & Exhibition Visit

CS Chang
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Rail Systems & Communications

Mr Chun Hui Lai
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eLTE - Surpass Broadband, The Unified Wireless Solution for Smart Metro

eLTE solution is based on the most advanced LTE technologies providing a highly integrated ICT wireless network. This innovative network carries multiple services for enterprise campuses, including SCADA, automatic control, data transmission for smart meters and sensors (which utilize the Internet of Things), video surveillance, broadband access, and voice communication including voice trunking and group calls.

Dr Samuel Chan
Signalling & Communications (Theatre 2)

Managing systems integration on rail transit projects

•    Establishing a systematic systems integration process to meet time and budget constraints
•    Strategies for managing interface design and systems integration
•    Adoption of Model Based Systems Engineering(MBSE) to ease implementation
•    Building Competent Systems Engineers
Calvin Chuko
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Safety First-Delivering Modern CBTC with Tailored WiFi

•    Providing a reliable backbone for railway operations   
•    Constructing a smooth Wi-Fi experience for infotainment demands
•    Securing Wi-Fi access

Mr C.C Chang
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Towards an “always-connected” passenger journey

•    Assessing the feasibility of rolling out Wi-Fi across railway networks
•    Will a free Wi-Fi service ever be a sustainable model?
•    Challenges of constructing a smooth Wi-Fi experience and maintaining good network speeds
Mr Leo Mak
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Evolution of Systems Integration Management: Case Study on KVMRT Line 2

•    Evolution of standards on KVMRT Line 2 
•    Adopting new technologies in system design and interface management
•    How effective are these new technologies in overcoming challenges in system and interface integration? 

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 11:07


Signalling & Communications (Theatre 2), Wednesday 22 March 2017

Plenary Keynote Session: Megacities & Seamless Multi-Modal Transport


Organiser’s Welcome Remarks


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Dr Jacob Kam Chak-pui

The future of rail: An MTR perspective

•    Urbanisation and the changing rail industry 
•    Investing in the future: What is MTR’s future railway development blueprint?
•    Going global: MTR’s expansion strategy into Mainland China and other overseas markets
•    Driving innovation in service operations 
Yi Min

One Belt, One Road - Building an integrated rail network across Europe and Asia

China’s OBOR strategy offers extraordinary opportunities for all 60 countries that it will pass through, and of course for rail and freight businesses. The creation of the six planned economic corridors will open up more economic and efficient trade routes and the creation of new free trade zones, such as the Fujian FTZ, offering their own incentives to drive business. Join us as we explore the status of this ambitious project and identify the upcoming opportunities for the rail industry
Chao Liu

Rail transit signalling system history & development trend in China


Exhibition, Networking & Refreshments

CS Chang
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Signalling Best Practices

Panel discussion
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PANEL: Best practices in managing resignalling projects

•    Migrating legacy systems to new systems
•    Determining system and infrastructure compatibility 
•    Minimising disruption to service operations during testing 
•    Training staff to operate on new control systems 
Mr Chiu Liang Liu
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Developing a system integration strategy for driverless CBTC system

•    Addressing the vulnerabilities of CBTC system
•    Reducing risk of downtime in operations
•    Strengthening backbone of communications
•    Looking ahead to system expansion in future

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An approach towards CBTC – Case study of Kolkata East-West Metro

  • Brief about geographical location with the need for MTP
  • Key features of CBTC system
  • Challenges for incorporating CBTC system
  • Details of mandatory approvals for metro system from various government authorities

Networking Lunch & Exhibition Visit

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Huawei Communications Workshop (By-Invitation Only)

Join Huawei's workshop at Asia Pacific Rail 2017 as they put together an exciting program line up - from the latest trends in communications to innovative strategies in overcoming rail communication challenges. The session provides a well-rounded, comprehensive perspective from key industry experts and asset owners.

The workshop will be held from 13:00 to 16:00, followed by a networking cocktail reception from 16:45 till 18:45.

Close of Asia Pacific Rail 2017

last published: 20/Mar/17 11:08



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