Alpine Rail Optimisation will assess the progress of the Alpine region’s use of the Internet of Things to date, the level of its capabilities, the practical steps on how to fully harness its growth, and how to mitigate the likely challenges to implementation.


Programme in 2021 below. Programme for 2023 to be announced soon


Registration and Welcome Refreshments in the Exhibition Area


Ben Holliday | Managing Director | Rotaia Media (Organiser) and Daniel MacGregor | Founder | Nexxiot (Conference Chairman)

Organiser and the Conference Chairman’s Welcome Address

Investments & Objectives for the region


Helmut Klarer | Chief Information Architect for OT & Network | ÖBB Holding

Digital Success Concepts & Needs Enabeld by IoT

  • The “magic formula” for digital success: Digitalisation, IoT and AI
  • Digitalisation is more than one Project
  • Lessons learned: Topics to address


Nicole Friedrich | Head of Procurement Infrastructure | Deutsche Bahn AG

Changing perspectives: Germany needs “Strong Rail”

  • How to manage massive investments in infrastructure?
  • Why is there no alternative to digitization in rail infrastructure?
  • What are Implications for the procurement infrastructure?


Juergen Rudolf | Innovation Manager – Rail Solution Development | A1 Digital

Orchestrating IoT and Machine Learning in Rail

  • Examples of Major and Minor Digital Use Cases in Railways
  • Regarding European/Global context in digitalisation - like DAC
  • How to build connected, resilient organizational capabilities?


Audrey Raveneau | Chief Data Officer | SNCF

Building a Data Driven Organization through leveraging Data and Analytics

  • Data Space to improve the performance of SNCF MATERIEL
  • Examples of Data Performance and Data Analytics Use Case
  • Data protection Challenge


Jean-Michel Evanghelou | Head of Telecom & Signalling | UIC

FRMCS and 5G, key enabler for train digitalization

  • Status and progress
  • Industrialization project
  • Next steps for market readiness


Morning Refreshments in the Networking & Exhibition Area


Lara Spendier | Strategy & Enterprise Architecture for Data Management | ÖBB Holding AG

Introducing a group-wide data management approach

  • How to build a common ground by defining a group-wide framework
  • Aligning theory with practice: introducing a shared data catalog
  • Outlook: What’s next?


Florian Auer | Director of Technology | Plasser & Theurer

High precision tamping

  • First-time use of artificial intelligence in track maintenance
  • A precise 3D space trajectory is measured during transfer mode
  • Ballast sensing technology for track work

Implementing Innovations


Giorgio Travaini | Head of Research & Innovation | Shift2Rail

On the way to a new Rail Research and Innovation Programme

  • Building together the European future rail concept of operations
  • What to expect from rail research and innovation during the next years
  • Migration plans in view of the deployment


Olivier Waeber | Leader of Innovation & Technology Management | SBB

Building an innovative organization

  • The nature of innovation and how ideas evolve
  • Hindering Innovation: Why companies have difficulties in making innovation successful
  • Implementing innovation is hard work: Insights into SBB Infrastructure


Charles Caputo | Programme Manager Wagon Telematics | Siemens Mobility

The Digital Freight Train as an Ecosystem

  • Why the Digital Freight Train is the only solution to deliver the required transport growth while achieving our climate and social targets
  • What the Digital Freight Train ecosystem includes and which specific problems it addresses
  • How the Digital Freight Train impacts the competitiveness and productivity of freight rail transport


Philippe Citroën | Director General | Unife

R&I is key for keeping the EU Rail Supply Industry leadership:

  • The European Rail Supply Industry at the heart of the EU rail research and innovation strategy
  • Towards a fully digitalised railway system (incl. ERTMS)
  • Public Procurement and promotion of innovation-related criteria and best price-quality ratio (with the MEAT principle)


Lunch in the Networking & Exhibition Area

Digitalisation & Innovation in Railway Operations


Dr. Eric Pfaffmann| Vice President Customer Service Logistics | DB Cargo

link2rail: Digital services for easy rail freight

  • link2rail is the digital platform of DB Cargo that creates easy access and easy management of Rail freight for customers
  • Wagon Intelligence is an enabler for a set of IoT-/AI-based services which boosts attractiveness of Rail logistics
  • link2rail delivers the ability to customize particular services and provides access via API, App or portal


Stefan Kalmund | CEO | Nexxiot

How Global Megatrends are steering the CEO agenda in digital rail

  • Innovations create a meaningful impact
  • Billions of data points: Value is hidden in the 1%
  • Uncovering the ‘best questions to ask’


Bigna Ruppen | Product Owner Cargo Digital | SBB Cargo and Benjamin Wecker | Head of Asset Intelligence Team | SBB Cargo

IoT meets reality: step by step forward

  • Two-sided IoT approach of SBB Cargo for fleet management and clients’ needs
  • Equipping a fleet takes time and cost, so internal MVP is needed (GPS position, live counter reading, etc.)
  • With an equipped fleet potential client whishes can be addressed fast (track & trace, temperature)


Alessandro Borzacchi | Project Manager | Rail Cargo Carrier Italy

Augmented Wagon Inspection

  • Traceability of rolling stock inspection operations
  • Remote assistance for the wagon inspector
  • Rolling stock data acquisition for train preparation


Dr Michael Leining | Managing Director | NEXTRAIL GmbH and Max Schubert | Managing Director | Incyde

Securing digital innovation in Rail

  • IT-Security meets Railway Safety
  • Secure engineering of railway systems and assets
  • Ensuring IT-Security over the life-cycle successfully
Nextrail Incyde


Bertrand Minary | Chief Industry & Innovation Officer | SNCF Fret

Transforming rail freight for efficient and sustainable rail freight, serving multimodality

  • European and national Initiatives, making sector moving
  • Start for current experience and converge with common building blocks
  • Towards the future autonomous freight train system


Rail Operators Panel Discussion

What can be achieved from digitising my railway operations?

  • As demand for freight rail services dramatically increases, what are your challenges in supporting future growth?
  • Are long standing, traditional standards and rules preventing, or at least slowing down Railways of maximising the full potential of new digital technologies which the industry has to offer?
  • How are you optimising digital solutions to obtain smart data to increase the efficiency and services of your operations?


  • Alessandro Borzacchi | Project Manager | Rail Cargo Carrier Italy
  • Bertrand Minary | Chief Innovation & Digital Officer | SNCF Fret
  • Dr. Eric Pfaffmann | Vice President Customer Service Logistics | DB Cargo
  • Benjamin Wecker | Head of Asset Intelligence Team | SBB Cargo
  • Juergen Rudolf | Innovation Manager – Rail Solution Development | A1 Digital
  • Stefan Kalmund | CEO | Nexxiot


Afternoon Refreshments in the Networking & Exhibition Area

Digitalisation & Innovation in rail Infrastructure


Dr. Slaven Stekovic, MBA | Co-Founder | DrainBot GmbH and Philipp Lepold | Co-Founder | DrainBot GmbH

Reaching autonomous, intelligent tunnel drainage maintenance system

  • Reduction of tunnel locking times and cost of maintenance through automation
  • Sustainability and resource efficiency through intelligent, data-based systems
  • Reference projects and potential for high-scale implementation of DrainBot systems


Marco Gallini | Head of Diagnostics Services and Maintenance Machines | RFI and Dr. Andrea Bracciali | Professor | University of Florence

ISO 55001 certification of RFI assets management system. Application to an innovative track geometry calibration system

  • Which benefits may be achieved through ISO 55001 certification?
  • Is digitalisation an opportunity and how can it help asset management systems?
  • Innovative approaches to calibration of track geometry quality measurement systems


Christian Pucher | CEO | Frauscher Sensonic GmbH

Holistic real-time monitoring powered by AI

  • How does a digital twin of the vibrations empowers holistic real-time monitoring?
  • How do railway specific AI and ML frameworks transform the valuable digital twin data into actionable information?
  • How does the holistic real-time monitoring and actionable information transform railway operation?


Roland Moser | Chief Technology Officer | SBB Infrastructure

Applying new technologies to rail business

  • Artificial Intelligence in Predictive Maintenance
  • Machine Perception in Infrastructure Monitoring
  • Alternative Energies and propulsion systems to reach global CO2 goals


Christian Sagmeister | Division Manager Rail Systems | ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Digital railway operations - challenges and opportunities

  • Digitalisation projects at ÖBB infrastructure
  • How technologies can support your business processes?
  • Opportunities for the railway system


Infrastructure Manager Panel Discussion

How are you embracing the latest digital technologies to help you achieve a more intelligent infrastructure?

  • How important is it for Railways to collaborate with solution providers as speed of innovation and systems based on AI are now key requirements in order to solve maintenance problems?
  • With the numerous digital solutions now available that collect Big Data, what are your challenges in distinguishing between the mass of data which is collected, and smart data that is useful to help you with your maintenance operations?
  • It could be argued that the rail industry is regimented by standards, rather than continuous learning. What do you feel needs to change to harness the latest digital solutions available to enable the rail sector to thrive in the 21st century?


  • Christian Pucher, CEO, Frauscher Sensonic GmbH
  • Marco Gallini, Head of Diagnostics Services and Maintenance Machines, RFI
  • Roland Moser, Chief Technology Officer, SBB Infrastructure
  • Christian Sagmeister, Division Manager Rail Systems, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG
  • Florian Auer, Director of Technology, Plasser & Theurer
  • Theo Quick, Vice President and Global Market Leader for Transportation and Hospitality, Atos


Chairman’s Closing Comments


Drinks Reception

Our Partners in 2021