Rail Live 2021

In these uncertain times, we’re offering our community a way to stay connected and share ideas. Every week, we’re creating a virtual space to come together and explore the most important topics in the industry right now.

Every webinar is free to attend via GoToWebinar. 



Multiservice backbone network for next generation railway communications

The digitalization of the railway industry requires multiservice backbone networks serving the demand of mission critical applications with higher capacity and more flexible and rapid adjustment to needs of individual services while at the same time maintaining highest possible availability and security. The Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) is the future worldwide telecommunication system designed by UIC for the evolution of the railway communication systems worldwide.

FRMCS will be the enabler for Railways digitalization. This will allow for the implementation of many use cases and services, which benefit from the underlined 5G technology features like high throughput, low latency, etc. A flexible, scalable, secure and future ready IP/optical backbone network is fundamental to seamlessly transport those services, and it is one of the first steps for the GSM-R to FRMCS transition.

Railway operators do not need to wait. Implementing a modern backbone now, railways can take advantage of using it not only for GSM-R but as common transport infrastructure for every ICT needs and FRMCS support.

This session will present solutions to meet railways’ networking needs with a future ready backbone network based on the two major technology pillars - IP/MPLS and D-WDM.

  • Benoit Leridon, Regional IP Business Development Director, Nokia
  • Vittorio Iozzolino, Head of Optics Business Development Enterprise Europe, Nokia






Rail 2.0 - Delivering a connected and sustainable future for rail

All around the world, rail has been instrumental in developing society as we know it. Today, we are facing new challenges driven by new government agendas and shifts in both consumer behaviour and business practice. As we work to rebuild a better, more sustainable world, we explore the crucial role rail will continue to play going forward, and how to deliver connected networks that are better for both people and planet.

Key points: This webinar will explore a range of topics and what they mean for the rail/urban transit industry:

  • Shifts in short haul travel behaviour
  • Flexible design that addresses both short-term and long-term needs
  • Multi-modal transport
  • Re-thinking infrastructure to deliver more integrated systems

Introduced by Kirsty Dias, Managing Director of PriestmanGoode, Paul Priestman, Chairman & Designer, will present our latest ideas around Future Cities particularly pertaining to rail industry assets and services.

Kirsty and Paul will be joined by a panel of international industry representatives who will discuss their recent experiences and ideas regarding the shift that both businesses and governments may have to embrace to create a future city landscape that is fit for purpose serving passengers, local communities and the planet.


  • Andrew Mead, Chief Architect (ARBUK), MTR Corporation Limited
  • Celia Johnstone, Regional Director/Transportation Architecture Principal, HDR
  • Jan Harder, Managing Director, Molinari Rail Systems GmbH 
  • Paul Marchant - Product Design Manager, Information, Design & Partnerships - Transport for London
  • Paul Priestman - Chairman & Designer, PriestmanGoode 




The future of new mobility & Covid-19: What will change and what will remain the same?

Before the start of the current Covid-19 crisis, the development of new mobility was gaining momentum like never before.
However the Covid-19 crisis threatens to change the way we live and travel long after lockdown restrictions are lifted,
altering travel trends, norms and paradigms potentially forever.

What impact could these changes have on the development of new mobility services & models and critically,
how can the industry adapt and prepare to the new normal?

Our expert panel will each present their thoughts on what the future of new mobility could look like,
and will then have plenty of time to debate, discuss and answer questions from our audience.


The future of Rail. What’s on the horizon?

Following the Covid-19 crisis, new behaviors will emerge and many people will continue working from home,
creating a very different environment for Rail and Transit.

Operators must consider new partnerships and undertake an organizational-wide digital transformation to outmaneuver uncertainty.
Rail operators will face major challenges to ensure workforce safety and customer confidence.
And operations, sales and distribution will need to become more automated, reducing the number of physical touchpoints and staff in the field.

What are the lessons learned in Asia? How is Europe progressing? And how will North America be impacted?
Nicole Goebel, Accenture Managing Director , will guide us through insights across three continents:
Europe: Henning Radermacher, Principal Director Rail and Transit, Austria, Switzerland and Germany
America: Michael English, Managing Director Rail and Transit, North America
Asia: Claudio Bacalhau, Managing Director Rail and Transit, Asia Pacific


The future of innovation & digitisation in rail

We cautiously looked at the future and 'life after COVID-19'. Hosted by Alex Burrows, Director, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, we discussed:

  • What impacts could the Corona Crisis have on the future of innovation & digitisation in rail?
  • Ensuring the industry effectively supports innovation, collaboration and development in the rail?
  • How can individual organisations & operators ensure they are investing in the right areas?
  • From a UK perspective, how could future changes to the franchise system impact digitisation & innovation?



How can Analytics and IoT improve the safety and efficiency of your railway?


Modern railways can transform their operations with new digital technologies. By combining the latest developments in IoT and analytics, railways can benefit from smoother, more efficient operations, better safety performance and improved customer experiences.

While it can be difficult to visualize the full potential and benefits of IoT and Analytics for your unique railway environment, many recent railway deployments can help paint a picture.
To make a successful digital transformation for your railway, advanced analytics and machine-learning technologies can help you securely and efficiently bring all of your digital solutions and IoT data together to enhance your operation. By creating a fully digital understanding of your railway operation, IoT and analytics can help support innovative use cases such as environmental risk prediction and rail crossing safety.
  • Learn how the latest machine learning and AI technologies can help you improve safety conditions and delight your customers
  • See how IoT and analytics applications help you improve operational and maintenance efficiency and reduce costs
  • Experience real-life examples of analytics deployments in other leading railway operations – that you can use to visualize the opportunity for your railway
  • Understand the key elements and capabilities your railway needs to build an overall architecture for the digital age 
Presented by:
Stefan Weidmann, CTO Business Development Transportation EMEA, Nokia 
Brian Welde, Product Manger, Risk Prediction and Optimization, Analytics and IoT, Nokia



LeadMind: LCC reduction through reliable data and engineering expertise


This webinar will focus on:

The data analytics platform LeadMind explained through its success cases. Understand how the platform is improving the maintenance and operation performance and its impact to railway companies business results.




Re-establishing Customer demand post-COVID

Chris Perry, Founder Intelligent Mobility services will be leading this Webinar focusing on the following themes:

  • Will commuting patterns return to pre-COVID levels?
  • Will business travel (and their premium yield!) return?
  • Building new markets to meet changing demand, ie grow partnerships with trip attractors
  • The role of innovation in building markets
  • How will COVID affect the development of shared mobility?



Creating Rail 4.0 and the potential of IoT


Download the recording: The digital transformation of rail maintenance using interconnected traceability. This webinar was conducted in collaboration with GS1 France and SNCF, on the topic of the GS1 Standards and application to Rail.

The webinar was held on 2 April 2020 and led by Diana de Bernardy, Head of Industrial Markets, GS1.



Mobility 4.0 : Building a sustainable and intelligent mobility ecosystem


Julio Gomez Pomar, Chairman at the IE Center for Transport Economics & Infrastructure Management will share key lessons learnt from his extensive experience at the very top of public transport in Spain.

Tune in to find out more about the key challenges facing public transport leaders as they look to simultaneously meet rising capacity demands and front up to worldwide mega trends across the sector.