Middle East Rail 2018 day 2



Keynote: Exploring digital super intelligence and its impact on our communities

  •     What happens when artificial superintelligence triggers explosive technological growth?
  •     Advancing mankind through technology whilst balancing safety concerns
  •     Transforming the world of transport and its impacts: ‘there will be no steering wheels in 20 years’
Panel discussion

Keynote panel: Predicting the future of mobility

  •     Envisioning 2050 and beyond: where energy, transport and humanity fit in
  •     Debating in context: autonomy, connectivity, electrification and sharing technologies
  •     Changing old habits: consumer readiness, regulatory and economic factors in the transition to mobility 4.0
  •     On the tipping point of revolution or on the path of incremental evolution?

Keynote: Envisioning urban design in mobility 2050

  •     What does it take to design and create seamless, hyperconnected, energy-efficient smart cities?
  •     How do we accommodate and transport 9.8 billion people by 2050?
  •     Thinking ahead: Imagining infrastructure and technology in 2050, which does not exist today: 

Keynote: Capitalising on data as the new oil

  •     Exploiting the world’s new untapped resource: opportunities for rail and public transport
  •     Moving away from data infrastructure as costly and time consuming, towards data as centres of abundance
  •     The enterprise-wide corporate asset: reaching 2050 with new thinking, new products and new serviceReserved for platinum sponsor 

Networking break


Morning tea

11:20 Streams begin: attendees can visit any of the conferences below










Panel: Asset management 4.0: to outthink, outcompete and outperform

  •     How to implement a robust rail asset management strategy in the age of digitalisation
  •     IoT, automation, digital twins: how transportation technology impacts asset management
  •     Understanding the power of advanced predictive analytics and machine learning in rail asset management

Panel: The pursuit of interoperability and interregional integration

  •     Progressing the interoperability and compatibility of operators’ technical capabilities and assets
  •     Developing efficient, interoperable interregional railway systems
  •     Defining agreed technical specifications for interregional interoperability
  •     Overcoming challenges of varying gauge widths, electrification standards, and safety and signalling systems

Panel: Innovation across borders: connecting continents

  •     Envisioning the world of mobility when East meets West
  •     Raising productivity and competitiveness through the revitalised Silk Road
  •     Discussing latest updates on operator’s connectivity and interoperability links 

Panel: Beating competition with real time customer-centric connectivity

  •     Capitalising on passenger travel habits and preferences through real time information access
  •     Meeting and anticipating socio-demographic needs in 2020 and beyond: ticketing anytime, anywhere
  •     Implementing smart, connected and seamless ticketing technology to disrupt and enhance consumers’ mobility choices

Implementing digital twin technology for trains

  •     Applying virtual modelling of asset performance through digital twin technology
  •     Leveraging data from the industrial internet of everything
  •     Highlighting digital twins key to managing and optimising individual assets and entire networks
  •     Applying a digital thread right from an assets birth
  •     Pairing of virtual and physical twins: tracking asset health, predicting failures, preventing downtime and minimising reactive maintenance

The Luxembourg Protocol: revolutionary rolling stock financing for interregional interoperability

  •     Introducing a new global unique and permanent numbering and tracking system for rolling stock (URVIS)
  •     Assessing the current status of the Luxembourg Protocol and the countries adopting the treaty
  •     Facilitating and engaging financing from the private sector

Iranian Railways: Iran’s new era of reform, requirements and relationships

  •     Meeting demand for 28,000 new wagons
  •     Developing regional networks: a year of partnerships across the continent
  •     5 year plan: connecting cargo loading hubs and railways lines
  •     Prioritising policies and regulatory frameworks: making way for capacity

Contactless and connected: ensuring positive passenger experiences

  •     The importance of highly functional, efficient solutions for passenger relationship management
  •     Integrating multimodal cashless and contactless transport ticketing schemes
  •     Designing ticketing technology flexibility for the next wave of innovation

Moroccan National Railways: The debut of Africa’s first high speed line

  •     On track: highlighting project launches in 2018
  •     Building high speed rail in desert environments: overcoming challenges and lessons learnt
  •     Structuring and development framework for multiple large transport infrastructure projects



The new normal: forging the relationship between IT and engineering

  •     Developing highly integrated, highly automated processes through collaborative teamwork
  •     When software and hardware combine: inspiring mobility 4.0
  •     Adopting a holistic approach to asset management through company-wide function integration

Facilitating regional cooperation on cross-border interoperability

  •     Encouraging regional cooperation: managing geopolitical ripples, rifts and relationships
  •     Enabling governments to connect strategic infrastructure plans and technical systems
  •     Establishing policy supporting reduced economic costs of cross-border transport

Network Rail: Delivering on the digital railway vision

  •     Defining the digital railway in context of modernisation of legacy systems
  •     Managing digitally enabled signalling systems: traffic management systems, ERTMS/ETCS, connected drivers advisory system and automatic train operation
  •     Installing digital railway interventions network-wide to deliver significant capacity and performance benefits

Increasing ancillary revenue through ticketing technology

  •     How next generation contextual communication and seamless ticketing technology can contribute to transport revenue
  •     Bringing digital commerce to public transport: integrating mobile payment and digital wallet services
  •     Integrating loyalty programmes into mobile payments and ticketing platforms
  •     Capitalising on digital travel habits: the role of payment and ticketing systems

Minimising disruption with drones, automation and digital technology

  •     Managing maintenance with minimal disruption
  •     How digital technologies contribute to more efficient maintenance processes
  •     Increasing track turnaround times: digital asset management for dense environmentsEnquire now to sponsor this session

Inspiring transport innovations for interoperable fluidity

  •     Competitive rail: committing to interoperability to underpin the sustainable modal shift
  •     Efficient solutions at the heart of cities: trains, signalling, services and infrastructure
  •     Managing individual operator needs and demands while balancing interoperability whether bundled, separate or fully integratedEnquire now to sponsor this session

Managing legacy system upgrades: the suppliers view

  •     Managing legacy train control systems stabilisation in a digitally complex landscape
  •     Importance of aligning suppliers and operators to achieve legacy modernisation goals
  •     Lessons from the UK in rolling out ERTMS internationallyEnquire now to sponsor this session

Creating payment and ticketing information systems of the future

  •     When multimodal payments converge: delivering seamless and safe mobility
  •     Exploring innovative ticketing systems for our high-tech, connected world: beacons, geo location, biometrics and more
  •     Bringing ticketing and CRM systems up to speed
  •     Securing customer data against cyber breachesEnquire now to sponsor this session


Enquire now to sponsor a roundtable discussion

Join these 40 minute interactive sessions, designed to give you a first look at 2018 project opportunities, tenders, techniques and technologies being implemented to build these futuristic networks.

Enjoy sessions led by those in charge at key government departments, railway operators and solution providers designed to promote, discuss and debate. Conquer the challenges, grab the opportunities and create the most efficient transport systems to date.

1. Maximising ancillary revenue in rail

2. Implementing infotainment and Wi-Fi

3. Intelligent station control and surveillance systems

4. Reliability centred maintenance for mission critical systems

5. Identifying winning strategies for investment in developing transport markets

6. Narrow-gauge wonder-trains: Japan’s Shiki Shima

7. Best practice for customer information privacy

8. Processing big data for strategic transport modelling

9. Fuel of the future

10. Bringing the world of engineering and IT together

11. Organisational change management and the implementation of ISO5500x

12. Developing an agile management system

13. Mitigating track degradation through analytics

14. Future mobility solutions for seniors

15. Ridesourcing: opportunities for the public transport sector

16. Electrifying urban transport


Networking lunch










Panel: Sustainable transport competition: lessons for the Middle East

  •     Evaluating lessons on long term business sustainability in competitive markets through privatisation
  •     Rail risk management: the balance between public and private sector involvement
  •     Managing today’s transport landscape challenges with privatisation:     Planning the response to increasingly open international and domestic rail transport markets     Managing competition from disruptors and alternative transport modes     Addressing population growth, rapid urbanisation and congestion

Panel: Modern rail financing in complex markets

  •     Comparing sustainability of current financial frameworks from international rail markets
  •     Investing in technology and asset capabilities: balancing knock on effects to the bottom line
  •     Running under asset-light models: benefits and risks
  •     Revising financial models as markets and demands become increasingly complex 

International high speed panel: Developing super speed routes and dedicated high speed lines

  •     Evaluating today’s latest high speed rail and maglev projects: California, Indonesia, China, UK, Kuala Lumpur-Singapore, Japan, Spain & Germany
  •     Managing socio-environmental concerns and disputes 
  •     Exporting high speed rail technology: key to interregional connectivity?
  •     Reaching 600km/hr: the new era for ultra high speed technology

Panel: A sharing economy: opportunities for public transport

  •     Empowering transport planners and operators with shared economy solutions: shared assets, car sharing, ride sharing
  •     Sharing and redistributing excess capacity of goods and service: benefits to public transport
  •     Evaluating shared mobility systems and how existing modes fit in
  •     Quantifying the value of aligning shared mobility with existing public transport modes
  •     Competing with convenience within the ‘on-demand’ economy

Keeping GCC development goals on track through privatisation

  •     Strategic national transformation and diversification driving privatisation in the GCC 
  •     Identifying sectors to benefit from privatisation: 2020 and beyond
  •     Fast tracking the privatisation process in the GCC: steps for authorities, regulators, operators and solution providers
  •     Developing legislation, aligning public private sector goals, evaluating current infrastructure status

‘Rail plus property’ diversification strategies:

  •     Exploring benefits of self-financing models in international markets
  •     Monetising and optimising real estate assets for rail operators
  •     Developing industrial and commercial properties for optimum value and economic performance
  •     Managing the rail operators’ real estate production chain: current and future railway needs

Amtrak: Improving service reliability in critical transport hubs

  •     How to manage renewal and maintenance at busy transportation hubs
  •     Deploying the industrial Internet of Things to predict future problems before they happen
  •     How to filter through and analyse data from 900 sensors on each locomotive
  •     Introducing new maintenance methods and standards through innovative data understanding

Streamlining the regulators response to smart mobility

  •     The new normal of mobility: opportunities for regulators and policy makers
  •     How urban transport policy makers, planners and operators are responding to digitalisation
  •     A smart and simple world: what steps do we need to take to get there?
  •     Balancing regulatory challenges and adopting new technologies

Kenya Railways: Thriving from efficient infrastructure

  •     Nations pride: investing in railways underpinning the regional economic agenda
  •     Making history: Kenya’s largest mega project during the age of independence
  •     Home stretch: finalising the completion of standard gauge railway link for passengers and freight

Analysing multifarious modes of privatisation

  •     Implementing models for effective management of the privatisation process: impacts on government authorities and regulators
  •     Build-operate-transfer (BOT); build-own-operate (BOO); and public PPP structures: what works best for the Middle East
  •     Assessing GCC readiness to adopt and utilise privatisation models

Facing increasing funding demands as expectations of mobility evolve

  •     Thinking long-term and committing to up-front investment: how going digital will reduce operating costs and generate alternative revenues
  •     How to mitigate funding volatility and political uncertainty
  •     Exploring types and terms of funding and financing in today’s rail market
  •     Implementing ‘control periods’ to funding cycles: applications in the Middle East

Crossrail: Lessons from Europe’s largest infrastructure project

  •     Evaluating the Crossrail project management and achieving milestones so far
  •     Infrastructure innovations: 200m long trains, 10% increase to London’s rail capacity, 42km of new tunnels, 10 new stations, step-free access and more
  •     Transit oriented development in action: 55,000 jobs, 57,000 new homes, 3.35 million square feet of mixed-use real estate

Optimising transit oriented development

  •     TODs: Redefining residential and commercial land use for public transport
  •     Maximising access to public transport through transit oriented development
  •     Modeling local accessibility networks
  •     Prioritising the positive perception of transport services

Defining a comprehensive strategy for private sector participation

  •     Capturing PSP benefits through clearly articulated government initiatives
  •     Identifying governing policy and legal framework to facilitate PSP activity
  •     Establishing the institutional requirements; identifying entities involved and allocating authorityEnquire now to sponsor this session

Financial engineering for tomorrow’s railways

  •     Equity, debt and lease finance: adapting to the new normal
  •     Laying down strong public private partnership tracks to enable innovative financing approaches
  •     Developing more tailor made all-encompassing legislative and policy frameworks for project financingEnquire now to sponsor this session

Ensuring safe, high performance networks, now and in the future

  •     Tailoring innovative solutions for brownfield or greenfield projects
  •     Project management excellence: improved availability, increased capacity, better predictability and punctuality
  •     Adapting solutions to cater to unique country-specific situations and local regulationsEnquire now to sponsor this session 

Connecting multimodal transport systems with smart technologies

  •     How smart multimodal transport infrastructure will enable cities to thrive
  •     Smart transport networks: upgrading utilities and utilising resource efficiency
  •     How transport information platforms can be a differentiator for competitive citiesEnquire now to sponsor this session


Join these 40 minute interactive sessions, designed to give you a first look at 2018 project opportunities, tenders, techniques and technologies being implemented to build these futuristic networks. Enjoy sessions led by those in charge at key government departments, railway operators and solution providers designed to promote, discuss and debate. Conquer the challenges, grab the opportunities and create the most efficient transport systems to date.

1. Jordan

2. UAE: on track to Expo 2020

3. Iran

4. China: when East meets West

5. India Freight

6. Algeria

7. Pakistan

8. Egypt’s $4bn new metro line

9. Kenya

10. Russia


End of conference day two

last published: 08/Nov/17 12:45 GMT