The Convergent Railway

Data analytics and real-time feedback from rolling stock and wayside assets mean that operational systems and IT infrastructure are converging, raising the prospect of more efficient and responsive rail operations.

Our next interactive live debate will assess how far the rail industry can realise the potential of these trends.

In the latest live debate organised by Railway Gazette on Tuesday May 17, a panel of high-level speakers will address the key issues: 

  • What are the examples of best practice in use of data tools in the international railway sector? In which applications is it already being deployed?
  • What kind of operational data are passenger and freight operators seeking to help them to optimise their services?
  • How far can the supply industry help to deliver advanced analytics to support operators and maintenance teams, and what are the risks of being ‘held captive’ to proprietary systems?
  • How can IT tools help infrastructure managers to mitigate the effects of increasing loads on ageing physical assets? Can advanced analytical tools bring a step change in understanding emerging risks to the railway, such as climate change?
  • What are the benefits of real-time monitoring and automation in the inspection and maintenance processes, for both trains and infrastructure? 
  • What investments should railways make to ensure that their assets are networked and that their IT architecture can handle the resulting data? What steps must railways take to ensure they are getting actionable information and not just noise?
  • How far must recruitment policies change to ensure that the global rail sector has the right skills for the ‘digital railway’ era? 

Register now to take part in our interactive debate, streamed live from London’s Tower Bridge Studio, listen to the presentations and pose your own questions. 

Moderator: Chris Jackson, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Gazette Group


  • Justin Southcombe, Commercial Director, Perpetuum
  • Philippe de Laharpe, Project Chief, Telediagnostics, SNCF
  • Steven Hagner, Industry Solution ExecutiveABB

Don’t miss out — save the date and register now:

Tuesday May 17 2016, 12.00 to 13.00 BST

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Chris Welford Train Systems Technical Lead Transport for London Bio
Steven Hagner Industry Solution Executive ABB
Justin Southcombe Commercial Director Perpetuum
Philippe de Laharpe Project Chief, Telediagnostics SNCF
Chris Jackson Editor-in-Chief Railway Gazette International Bio