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Rail Seminar at the European Space Solutions Conference

The Transport KTN are taking the lead in running the Rail Seminar at the European Space Solutions Conference, in London on the 5th December 2012.  

The Transport KTN would like to invite you to attend this free seminar, where the Rail and Space communities will come together to identify areas where space-based services and technologies can be exploited to provide innovative solutions to challenges faced in the rail sector.


All are welcome to attend this free seminar, and attend the Business Support and Application Development fair prior to the seminar.  To register please follow this link, and select the rail seminar on the 5th.


European Space Solutions, a major 3-day conference 3rd to the 5th December 2012 in London. With seminars, exhibition and business support, the event will bring together business and the public-sector with users and developers of space-based solutions to explore how space can make a real difference to the lives, and livelihoods, of people across Europe.


Rail Seminar - Space Solutions for Rail


The rail seminar will welcome participants from European rail and space communities, to identify high potential areas where space-based services and technologies can be exploited to provide innovative solutions to challenges faced in the rail sector.

The European rail sector has challenging targets, which present exciting opportunities for significant innovation.  The need to increase the capacity of both passenger and freight traffic, while at the same time enhancing the customer experience, efficiency and safety of rail transport.  Next generation traffic management could enable the railway’s to be operated more efficiently, increase capacity and deliver a reliable, punctual train service at a reasonable cost.  Intelligent trains can be part of an energy strategy for carbon reduction, while whole system reliability and management of assets can be deployed resulting in fewer failures, enabling capacity to be maximised and therefore reducing costs.

Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the capabilities of space-based Earth Observation and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) technologies to enable them to match their existing challenges with solutions.  Through case studies or near-to-market solutions, attendees will gain a greater understanding of the vast potential that space technologies have in the rail sector.  Some examples include how Earth Observation satellites can assist with planning new infrastructure, rail links, and how radar interferometry, can, with great precision, identify tiny millimetre scale ground movements which are ideal for maintenance to monitor track and bridge movement as well as subsidence. The session will also explore how the accuracy of GNSS provides optimal position based on all information available, and how such precision can affect signalling, asset monitoring, safety at level crossings and incident response, creating an intelligent and efficient rail system.

The session will offer attendees the opportunity to discuss solutions with space professionals, exploring whether new work can be done to resolve outstanding challenges.

Space technologies are already used within the rail sector, GNSS is already in daily use as part of commercial and non-critical operations, such as fleet management, customer information and selective door operation. However new developments in the capabilities of space based services may not have not yet been fully considered by the rail sector, or deployed for more demanding applications as safety critical applications.   This is where the real value of using space-based solutions lies, and where a major impact can be achieved.



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