With the rail sector being known for a slow moving industry, Alpine Rail Optimisation will now become a bi-annual event to allow for more development and change to take place in the region to provide more up to date and fresh content at future events.

Established as the key meeting place in people’s diaries to access the latest updates and trends for the region, the conference has become the number one platform to facilitate critical dialogue between the region’s infrastructure heads, rail operators and global providers of cutting-edge technology with the solutions to modernise the region’s railways during their digital evolution.

Supported by

OBB Holding
BLS Cargo
OBB Infra
DB Cargo
SBB Cargo
Rail Cargo Group

The conference was really impressive and a high grade event

Head of Special Infrastructure Investment Programmes, DB Netz AG

Ben, you have probably received around 150 emails of this kind after the conference, but I would like to thank you for the great organisation of the event and bringing us together with contacts very important to us.

Sales Leader, Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services GmbH

Congratulations on a very successful conference. It was an extremely well organised, enjoyable and an informative event which allowed me to meet with meaningful connections

Operation & Maintenance Department | Diagnostic Services and Maintenance Machines, RFI

A unique opportunity to meet with European Railways and to really see the main trends, investments and first benefits of the digitalization into the next generation of Railway Infrastructure… and an excellent place for networking

Global Business Development – Transportation, Nokia

It was indeed an excellent event with new fresh ideas and new faces. A great occasion for personal exchange with some of the speakers I found to be very useful

Head of International Affairs, BLS Cargo

A super attendee list. A comprehensive overview of developments in the field and high-class presentations from high-class speakers. A fantastic event!

Account Manager, Bacher Systems

We found the Vienna conference to be one of the few events that really combine ideas and products and not only talk about visions. Therefore, for us as a start-up company in the IoT and Rail business, it was very helpful to be able to talk to companies and their representative about tangible possibilities. We are looking forward to attending one of the following events

Managing Director, GmbH

For those who are interested in the future of the railway system and the impact of digitization, this event is a must. Well done!

CEO, ARTS Schilder & Partner GmbH

Ben, I get invites to quite a few conferences, but very few of them are as relevant and interesting for the current challenges for the Rail industry as the programme you put together. My sincere compliments

Product Owner RTM Analytics, afdeling Data & Analytics, NS

Key Topics Include

  • ÖBB’s digital business strategy update whilst addressing how they are managing their connected assets through effective CBM and predictive maintenance applications
  • SBB’s strategy of optimising new digital technologies to enable the automation of traditional railway processes
  • RFI’s methods of improving maintenance through effective post-processing of diagnostic data
  • Rail Cargo Group’s answer to overcoming the challenges in digitalisation when working in a traditional and complex environment
  • DB Cargo’s methods of digitalising its locomotives whilst overcoming the challenges of having a mixed fleet of vehicles
  • Shift2Rail’s vision on integrated intelligent asset management as part of a cost-efficient, sustainable and reliable high capacity infrastructure
  • UNIFE’s vision on the future rail transport system, highlighting how digitalisation is a priority to boost capacity, reduce maintenance costs and energy consumption, and optimise traffic management

Share Expertise, Win Business

Opportunities exist at the conference for companies wishing to share their expertise, and ultimately to win business from the rail sector. The day will comprise of a series of formal presentations made to the entire audience and panel discussions where challenges and experiences will be shared, and solutions offered. Extended discussion groups will take place during the day, again enabling commercial organisations to meet face-to-face with rail sector heads who are meeting together specifically to seek solutions to modernise the region’s railways as we embrace the fourth industrial revolution.

Why Now?

Recognising the need for better quality, improved reliability and greater customer service, the Railways from the Alpine region are certainly pioneers in optimising the latest digital trends

Travel is changing. Rail passengers and freight forwarders are no longer prepared to be the poor relation in terms of their transport mode of choice. Advances in digital technology mean that rail customers now expect a complete door-to-door solution, designed specifically for their needs. With ease of booking, ease of payment, real-time information and seamless transition between transport modes, rail customers now expect transport solutions which genuinely make it cheaper and easier to travel than with car ownership.

But whereas non-rail transport costs are falling, the rail sector continues to be further burdened by operational cost increases. The Governments of the Alpine Region have recognised that in order to make their Railways efficient, cost effective and fit-for-purpose for this century and beyond, significant investments must be made. Rail freight across the region is set to increase by 45% over the next 25 years, and passenger traffic will rise by a massive 50%.

The Infrastructure Managers of the region all recognise the correlation between modern railways and economic growth. As a result, they have now taken decisions to make their most significant rail investments of all time to ensure that the regions Railways provide integrated and inclusive, environmentally sound mobility by investing in the latest digital technologies. The investments planned are simply jaw-dropping; with Italy investing a massive 94 Billion Euros over the next ten years, France is allocating a record budget to rail investment of 46 billion Euros also over the next ten years. Both Switzerland and Germany also have very ambitious plans with 22 Billion Euros and 28 billion Euros respectively in the next three years alone. Meanwhile, Austria’s plan to invest a significant 15.2 Billion Euros by 2022.

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