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Smart Train Day
18th November 2015

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The 3rd Smart Train Day organized by FGC examines smart rail management by applying technology

20/11/2015

Two hundred people have participated in the third Smart Train Day, an event dedicated to the application of the “smart” concept in the sphere of rail transport, which has been organized for the third consecutive year by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya in conjunction with the company IDP and the Railgrup rail cluster. This event, created by FGC in 2013, seeks to debate on and examine in depth aspects related to smart rail management by applying technology and innovation to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the territory.
The event held last Wednesday 18 November was opened by the Chairman of FGC, Enric Ticó, the Secretary of Infrastructures and Mobility, Ricard Font, and the Secretary of State for Infrastructures, Transport and Housing of the Ministry of Public Works, Julio Gómez- Pomar.
The first two conferences of the event featured the Sub-Director General of Rail Planning and Projects of the Catalan government, Santi Rivas, who presented the pilot data- capture project for the Commuter rail network by using onboard tablets, and the Regional Manager for North America of the UITP, Andrew Bata. Bata’s speech focused on the megaprojects that are being developed by the New York MTA on the New York underground, notable among which are the processes being implemented for the construction of new underground transport tunnels under the island of Manhattan.

The presentations that featured in the central part of the event had in common the concept of smart mobility. In this regard, the FGC’s Director of Operations, Oriol Juncadella, explained the initiatives promoted by Ferrocarrils to improve efficiency and productivity. The Innovation and Business Development Manager of IDP, Eduard Loscos, explained the development of smart and flexible goods wagons for transporting granular materials. The General Manager of the ESADE Creafutur Foundation, Charlotte Bouchet, presented the study “The Train User of the Future: Smart Mobility”, on the analysis of user needs and the trends in the sector, to co-create innovative solutions. The FGC Infrastructure Manager, Albert Tortajada, concluded the part dedicated to smart mobility, describing the AUGGMED project. This project seeks to develop simulation environments and virtual games in order to recreate scenarios in order to carry out drills, improving the training of rail staff and all the security forces involved in different atypical conditions.
The afternoon sessions began with the presentation of the Velaro high-speed train. The Strategy Manager of the Mobility division, Enrique Torres, and the Sales and Customer Service Manager of the Mobility division, Francisco Payán, both representing Siemens, sponsor of Smart Train Day, described the technological improvements offered by this new model of high-speed train.
Smart Train Day 2015 ended with a round table discussion to debate on the implementation of Wi-Fi networks on metropolitan trains, with the participation of the Researcher and Consultant from Ideograma, Ricard Espelt, the CEO of Light Eyes Technologies, Carles Flamerich, the Director of ESADE’s Innovation Centre for Cities, Esteve Almirall, and the General Manager of the Eurona Telecom Group, Carlos Riopedre. This debate analysed, from different points of view, the technology required in order to implement this service, the costs it would have for operators and whether it would be free for users of the service.
More information on the event, the speakers and the presentations can be found at www.smarttrainday.cat.

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FGC Smart Train Day focuses on the smart mobility concept

09/11/2015

On Wednesday 18th November, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, together with the firm IDP and the rail cluster Railgrup, is organising the 3rd Smart Train Day. The purpose of this event, created by FGC in 2013, is to debate and consider aspects related to smart rail management through the application of technology and innovation to improve efficiency and sustainability in the region.
The programme for this year’s event revolves around the concept of smart mobility applied to the rail environment and deals with key aspects such as efficiency and quality of service in transport through the use of the latest technological advances. The four sessions to be held during Smart Train Day will approach the different international smart experiences in metropolitan rail operations, trends and initiatives in smart mobility at European level and experience with Velaro high-speed trains. A debate session is also planned on the implementation of Wi-Fi networks on metropolitan trains.
In this programme attendees will be able to find out about the latest developments and experiences in Spain and internationally from different rail companies and institutions. People interested in attending the event can sign up on the website www.smarttrainday.cat.
This year’s event, which is sponsored by Siemens and supported by Ideograms, ESADE and Light Eyes, will be taking place as part of BcnRail, the international rail industry fair at Fira de Barcelona, from 17th to 19th November 2015 on the Gran Via site. This year, the BcnRail fair, now in its fifth edition, stresses smart mobility, dealing with topics including smart technology, access to new markets and international projects and goods logistics.
The holding of FGC Smart Train Day as part of BcnRail coincides with the fifth Smart City Expo World Congress, an international meeting on smart cities that is to bring more than 500 cities together in Barcelona to discuss the challenges of urban transformation while ensuring sustainability. This coincidence of dates helps to make the event organised by FGC into a key date in the sphere of sustainable mobility and the rail industry.

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FGC celebrates the 3rd Smart Train Day at the BcnRail 2015 fair

30/09/2014

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya is to play its part in the 3rd Smart Train Day as part of BcnRail, the international railway industry fair at Fira de Barcelona, organised in cooperation with the Railgrup cluster, to be held from 17th to 19th November 2015.

This year once again the event, set up in 2013 by FGC, will explore the Smart Train concept in depth, debating topics linked to smart railway management through the use of technology and innovation to improve efficiency and sustainability in the region.

This third event will revolve around the Smart Mobility concept applied to the rail environment, dealing with key issues like efficiency and quality of service in transport through the application of the latest technological advances. Attendees will be able to find out about the latest innovations and experiences in this field thanks to the participation of recognised Spanish and international experts from different railway companies and institutions.

The holding of FGC Smart Train Day as part of BcnRail coincides with the fifth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress. This makes the event an essential date in the field of sustainable mobility and the railway industry.

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The second FGC Smart Train Day fosters cooperation and information exchange in the rail sector

05/06/2014

Over a hundred people took part in the second Smart Train Day, the one-day conference devoted to the implementation of the “smart” concept in the field of rail transport. It was organised for the second year running by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, this year in cooperation with Railgrup and as part of the Saló Internacional de la Logística i la Manutenció (SIL, the International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition).

The event was opened by the director general of transport and mobility in the government of Catalonia, Pere Padrosa, the director general of the International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition, Blanca Sorigué, and the chairman of FGC, Enric Ticó. It discussed the role of applied technology in infrastructure in the rail sector and dealt with different rail experiences placed at the service of users and operators, with the aim of achieving smart rail management through the implementation of technology and innovation.

The FGC chairman, Enric Ticó, stressed the need to cooperate and exchange knowledge with a view to the future, in order to consolidate the rail sector, of key importance to the country’s economic recovery. Likewise, the Catalan government’s director general of transport and mobility, Pere Padrosa, highlighted the importance of mobility as a wealth-generating factor, and of technological progress as the key to making it work.

At the first Smart Train Day session, the operations manager of the technology companies in the Villar Mir and OHL groups, César Quintana, concentrated on explaining the importance of new technology applied to rail infrastructures, stressing the new role of technology as an indispensable tool in decision-making and the need to unify information handling, seeking cooperative environments.

The second session of the day, devoted to describing different smart rail experiences seen from the point of view of business opportunities, featured the Indra European infrastructure development engineer Jordi Rodriguez, who outlined the different projects based on “smart” systems his company has under way. According to Rodríguez, technology development is fundamental in pursuing energy efficiency and achieving more sustainable cities, all of this placing people at the centre of technology development by giving them a role.

In the same session, the innovation manager at Correus i Telègrafs, Jordi Escruela, described the latest developments in the application of technology to his postal services and products, highlighting the installation of smart posting and pick-up points at stations.

Technological progress was also the focus of the presentations in the third session of the day, which described initiatives in the implementation of new technology to improve efficiency of service on the railway, such as for example the joint development of artificial intelligence by FGC and the firm Awaait or the new system of incident alarms from Laforja Sistemes, supported by information panels which receive data from radio signals broadcasting information on news of general interest and on the status of train services in real time.

Further information about the event, the speakers and the presentations at www.smarttrainday.cat.

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FGC organises the 2nd Smart Train Day at the International Logistics Exhibition (SIL)

28/05/2014

On 3 June, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya is organising the second Smart Train Day, a conference Ferrocarrils set up in 2013 with the idea of championing the smart train concept to achieve smart railway management by applying technology and innovation to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the territory.

This second conference, which will take place as part of the International Logistics Exhibition (SIL) at Fira de Barcelona, begins with the idea of establishing the event as the leading space for passing on knowledge in southern Europe. It is structured in three sessions and those attending can find out about the latest ideas and experiments from recognised Spanish and international experts from different railway companies and institutions.

The programme will look in depth at smart applications and intelligent technologies in the new logistics chains; at international success stories such as the application of new safety measures in the Mexico City underground system and, finally, at new ideas from FGC with its new fraud control system using artificial intelligence, and from companies well known for implementing new technologies to improve users’ railway experiences.

Smart Train Day 2014 will take place in the Barloworld Logistics Room in Palau 8 of the Fira de Barcelona Montjuïc-Plaça d’Espanya complex. Those interested in going to the conference need to complete the registration process on the www.smarttrainday.cat website, where they will also find detailed information about the programme, speakers and other details of interest.

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FGC promotes the Smart Train concept with a conference proposing more efficient rail management models

31/10/2013

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FGC organizes the Smart Train Day to impulse technology and innovation for the railroad transport

29/10/2013

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