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The future of rail

The rise of urbanisation and ‘mega cities’ is demanding greater connectivity and efficiency in our transportation networks – and inviting a significant amount of innovation in the process. As a result, disruptive innovation is rife - occurring in all facets of the transport sector. In mass transit, recent examples can be seen in operating and…

21 Aug 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Harmonising the rail industry’s digital future – the Smart Rail Initiative

The internet of things (IoT) – the concept of adding intelligence and direct communication between machines to improve their efficiency - is set to cause mass, cross-industry disruption. The number of IoT devices grew 31 percent year-on-year in 2017; and by 2020, the global market value is projected to be $7.1 trillion. But while the…

15 Aug 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

AusRAIL’s scholarship program: New ideas from the next generation

Looking for ways to promote and educate the broader community on the benefits of rail? Just ask the next generation of rail leaders for their innovative ideas With the prize of a guest pass to attend AusRAIL, the Next Generation Conference Scholarship Program was launched in 2017 to encourage young rail professionals to share their…

25 Jul 2018, by Informa Insights

Infrastructure | Technology | Transport & Logistics

Urban rail and smart cities of the future

In recent years, 'smart cities' have created a lot of industry buzz, conjuring up images of flying cars, talking fridges and robot uprisings. But the question remains whether our growing obsession with technology is useful to the development of our cities and, in particular, what it means for the future of Australia’s transport networks. Ahead…

7 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Enhancing safeworking decision making and business performance in rail

Effective safeworking controls are vital for reducing the risk of collision after a signal is passed at danger (SPAD). But what happens when the Locomotive Engineer makes an unintended approach speed error or simply forgets where to stop? While many Locomotive Engineers are highly skilled at rapid, high pressure decision-making, human error is an ever-present…

25 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Leadership & Communication | Transport & Logistics

The yoga of rail

In an industry defined by rules, rigor and regulation it is often difficult to challenge the corporate traditions of rail. Much like train tracks, the sector is notoriously linear and logical; with objective decision-making and short-term operational demands often taking precedence over more transformative leadership efforts. On top of that, the high degree of multi-tasking…

22 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

What rail innovations will be featured at this year’s NZ Rail Conference?

New Zealand’s transport sector is preparing for a period of rapid technological change as it strives to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth and provide better connectivity throughout the country. The NZ Rail Conference 2018 – 14-15 June in Auckland - aims to help rail operators get a foothold on this change, curating and showcasing some…

7 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Mixed signals: SPAD-risk management and mitigation from the Network Controller perspective

The term ‘SPAD’ (signal passed at danger) is often considered the ‘Voldemort’ of the rail industry. It represents one of the sector’s most ominous safety concerns, given the potential for high consequence accidents, loss of life, and severe reputational damage to the offending organisation. SPAD violations have been attributed to a number of “human” errors,…

13 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Asset leasing in rail – what are the safety concerns?

“Power by the hour” deals have long been used in aviation, due to their perceived financial attractiveness. Unlike traditional time and material-based models, these long term service agreements (LTSAs) rid transport owners of weighty overheads, by linking engineering and maintenance costs to required activity. Fixed hourly rates mean that transport businesses no loner need to…

6 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Operating the world’s largest tram network – Yarra Trams’ CEO, Nicolas Gindt

Gathering expert commentary from government, operators and industry bodies, the Australasian Railway Association's Light Rail 2018 event features major industry names including Nicolas Gindt, Chief Executive Officer, Yarra Trams, Keolis Downer Victoria. This week at Informa Insights, we spoke with Nicolas about Yarra Trams and its future as the world's largest tram network ahead of his presentation at the…

13 Feb 2018, by Thomas Beauchamp
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