How Innovation is Reinventing Rail Travel

Brought to you by The Automotive & Transport Group

The Association of Train Operating Companies’ (ATOC) Growth and Prosperity Report, tells us that Britain’s railways have seen a decade of unprecedented growth.

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One million more trains run every year with half a billion more passengers than ten years ago; a further 400 million passenger journeys are forecast for 2020 and freight haulage growth is equally as impressive. It’s the UK’s largest investment in rail since the Victorian era; more than £4bn of future investment each year to improve the network.

Growth is not restricted to the UK; there is a revival occurring with new super high-speed trains in Japan and China, and massive investments in infrastructure taking place across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and a boom in the USA.  It is therefore more important than ever to ensure interoperability of systems and global standards, to share best practice and to future-proof the emerging innovations that will underpin our rail networks for the 21st century and beyond. Adopting this approach will provide significantly increased export opportunities for UK based businesses.

A wealth of innovation in wireless technology, back-end systems and end-to-end intelligence is coming to the fore.  Together these will bring improved operational performance, better energy efficiency, new automated Driver Advisory Systems, European-wide Rail Traffic Management Systems, better pre-emptive maintenance, improved scheduling and increased safety through real-time camera surveillance and video analytics. Other innovations target customer centric initiatives such as smart ticketing and high quality connectivity all aimed at improving the customer experience, whilst of course delivering cost savings through efficient use of resources and the opportunity to increase revenues through delivery of new online and cloud-based services.

Against this backdrop, there is enormous scope for discussion and this insightful SIG event will focus on the following key themes:

  • Regulatory framework
  • Future Command and Control Systems
  • Rail infrastructure safety and security
  • Improved Energy Efficiency for future sustainability
  • Integration and Harmonization of Information Systems
  • Customer Experience Demands and Trends

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Registration and networking with refreshments


Introduction to Automotive & Transport SIG from Andrew Ashby, Plextek Consulting


Ticketing and Information Innovation in Rail: Mostafa Gulam, Head of Technology, Rail Settlement Plan, ATOC

Providing an overview of innovation in rail ticketing and information now and in the future, covering:
• Mobile Apps
• Smartcard ticketing
• EMV Ticketing
• NFC Capability




The Tornado Story: from Dream to Steam on the Digital Railway: Rob Morland, Director, Electricals and Trustee, A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

This talk will describe how a group of enthusiasts built a new main line steam locomotive for the 21st century. Rob Morland will talk about the work required to make technology from the 1940s suitable for working on the modern railway, including addition of electronic power control, LED lighting, digital radio communications, GPS tracking and provision for ERTMS and DAS.




ICT – Integral to our future: Richard Silley, Area Sales Manager, National Instruments

Operational technology is often not well integrated with core IT infrastructure creating silos of dark data. By creating a data strategy to bring visibility to operational data, compelling value can be realised through new found wisdom. In this presentation we will explore the value chain of data, the challenges associated with extracting value from operational data, and look at the business case driving the adoption of remote condition monitoring as a way of increasing asset availability.


Refreshments and networking


Shining a light on Dark Data to Increase Asset Availability: Richard Silley, Area Sales Manager, National Instruments

Operational technology is often not well integrated with core IT infrastructure creating silos of dark data. By creating a data strategy to bring visibility to operational data, compelling value can be realised through new found wisdom. In this presentation we will explore the value chain of data, the challenges associated with extracting value from operational data, and look at the business case driving the adoption of remote condition monitoring as a way of increasing asset availability.




Keeping up with the customers: Innovating to deliver a better railway for a better Britain: Tim Lane, Technical Strategy and Innovation Manager, Network Rail Telecom




Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion, John Okas, Real Wireless


Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion, John Okas, Real Wireless


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Mostafa Gulam

Tim Lane - Principal Strategy & Innovation Manger, Network Rail Telecom

Rob Morland - Director, Astutim

Astutim helps companies across Europe to make money out of technology. We should point out that this is not the same as making technology out of money. We specialise in the mobile, wireless and media space but also work across the wider electronics and communications business where requested by clients. Our services include product and service innovation, technology due diligence, business plan and financial model development and new business creation. Working with a network of experienced Associates we can quickly assemble a team to solve the most difficult business problems in technology companies. Our structure minimises costs and allows us to provide exceptional value for money whilst offering the most talented and experienced people to solve your problems. We especially like being given tough questions to answer that require deep insight of technology and a thorough understanding of the market, with outputs expressed in business terms through hard numbers and clear goals. Based in Cambridge, UK, our network of contacts, especially in the Cambridge community, means we can quickly find an expert answer to virtually any question across the communications, electronics and media. Why not bring us your next technology-business challenge and see how we shape up?

Kevin Payne

Richard Silley

SIG Champions

Andre Burgess - Strategic Business Development, Digital, National Physical Laboratory

NPL’s nominated SIG Champion, Andre Burgess runs Strategic partnerships for the Digital Sector at NPL where he is also leading on its activities in CAV R&D as well as the development of new testing infrastructure for future integrated communications networks.  Andre has a long experience in product and service innovation in the TMT sector, including NTL (now Virgin Media) and Three.  He subsequently established a successful business designing and deploying disruptive digital end user products and services.  More recently he turned his focus on the energy and environment sector, working with distributed generators, housing providers and local authorities, to develop innovative data centric services to optimise localised energy generation and affordable smart home services.  With a mission to ensure data can be trusted and shared openly in the future, he joined NPL in 2017.

Tom Jellicoe - Autonomous Driving Lead, TTP plc

Dr. Tom Jellicoe leads the autonomous driving team at TTP, Europe’s largest independent deep tech consultancy. TTP work with ambitious clients to invent, design and develop disruptive products based on advances in science and engineering. Tom’s team develop enabling technologies for the sensors on autonomous vehicles include lidar, vision systems and thermal cameras. Tom has a Ph.D. in Optoelectronics from the University of Cambridge.

John Okas - CCO, Real Wireless

John has worked in wireless and telecommunications throughout his career. Initially with Motorola and Racal in engineering and product marketing roles. He was a founding director of NTL (now Arqiva), initially as Business Development Director building and managing the complete commercial organisation. He also managed the R&D Group which developed one of the first commercially available MPEG video compression systems. Then as Managing Director - Telecommunications he was responsible for growing NTL's wireless business and entering the fixed telecommunications and satellite services markets. Moving to Pell Frischmann the consulting engineers, he started a telecommunications business and was involved in several large transportation projects including the Highways Agency's NRTS Project which updated the motorway communication systems. Currently he operates as an independent consultant covering technical, commercial and product strategies. He works with other consultancies including Real Wireless, the independent wireless experts, who develop strategy, policy and practical solutions. John has a close interest in the IoT/M2M market within the transport sector; he worked with the Weightless SIG at its formation to help identify market requirements.

Tom Robinson - Technical Director, Conigital

Tom has a background in software engineering and worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, during this time Tom has held responsibility for business units at several world leading automotive consultancies including Pi Technology, Ricardo and Applus IDIADA.

For 6 years Tom supported InnovITS (UK Centre of Excellence for Tranport Telematics and Sustainable Mobility) as a non-executive director to help promote the establishment of UK ITS capability. He has championed and directed a number of innovation programmes in the ITS including the Innovate UK MuCCA, EU SARTRE, InnovITS FaCITS, and TSB ERTOC projects. Tom is currently working at Conigital Ltd as an Associate Director helping drive the future towards CAV.

Nigel Wall - Director, Climate Associates

Nigel has been involved with connected vehicle research since 1992 when he led BT’s mobile data research team – initially using modems on first generation analogue TACS mobile phones! Since 2001 he has worked an independent complex-systems engineer, with a primary specialism in connected vehicles. For the last seven years he has acted as the Monitoring Officer for twelve of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle research projects supported by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. These projects included Gateway, Venturer, UK Autodrive, MOVE UK, INSIGHT, Flourish and UK Cite. During this period he has not offered CAV-related consultancy services to other companies to avoid any potential conflict of interest. As these Innovate UK projects have now completed, he is now returning to offer traditional consultancy services to organisations that need to pragmatic advice on developing market share in this exciting market.

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Gonville & Caius College, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TA

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