Though it is tempting to see setbacks in the development of high-speed rail around the world, Torkel Patterson – Vice-Chairman of the International High Speed Rail Association (IHRA) – believes we are entering a golden age of high-speed rail.
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With the rise of big data and the subsequent growth in cyber-threats, Tommaso Spanevello, Public Affairs Manager at UNIFE, outlines an effective cyber-security strategy for the rail sector and highlights that more cross-industry collaboration is needed to ultimately benefit the future of rail’s success.
We asked this panel of experts: What are the main technological barriers the rail sector is faced with in regard to advances in cyber-security and how can they be conquered?
Famously, Frank Sinatra did it his way, but when Yael Mor joined Israel Railways, she learned that if she wanted to build and incorporate an effective cyber ‘attitude’ for the organisation, she would have to do it the ‘rail’ way. Here she discusses three major cyber-security challenges that she has…
Harsco Rail’s 32-Tool High Production Tamper (‘T32’) brings together rugged construction and state-of-the-art technology in one high-performance machine – leveraging Harsco Rail's multi-generational product, technology and service experience to consistently deliver exceptional performance.
Established in 1945, MATISA Materiel Industriel SA is well known in the industry as the pioneer of track machinery. As the company approaches its 75th anniversary, Roger Grossniklaus, Sales and Marketing Director, looks at how their latest machinery is benefiting the South American marketplace.
Following a surge of investment to carry out rail-related projects in Slovenia, Matjaž Kranjc, Director of the country’s rail infrastructure manager, SŽ-Infrastruktura, gives an overview of several important current and future projects that will modernise the Slovenian rail network and ensure it can facilitate growth volumes and keep rail competitive…
Thanks to advances in digital solutions and innovative technology, our railways are delivering better operational efficiency, reliability and enhanced passenger experience. However, with these advances comes the risk of cyber-threat. How is the industry reacting to challenges around cyber-security?
Rail transportation currently faces many challenges. High on the sector’s agenda is reducing rail’s impact on the environment and ensuring trains run more energy-efficiently. Among the several strategies available for reducing rail energy consumption, optimising train operation emerges as a one of the most interesting approaches. Colleagues Pablo Ciáurriz and…
Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive of the UK’s National College for High Speed Rail, explains that as high-speed rail is vital to the UK’s development, it’s essential that the industry is nurturing the right skills for its delivery.
Although successful high-speed rail services bring a multitude of benefits, various challenges still exist in establishing new networks. However, many believe an optimistic future for high-speed is ahead. This In-Depth Focus explores the success of Italy’s open-access operator, how Australia is delivering its Faster Rail initiative, and a status update…
Danny Broad, CEO of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) discusses recent developments in Australia where the re-elected Morrison Government will promote its ‘Faster Rail’ plan and strategy for East Coast High Speed Rail over the long-term.
Italy’s Italo – Europe’s first private open-access high-speed operator – entered the market in 2012 with its first services on the Milan–Florence–Rome–Naples route. Following steady growth in passenger numbers and the procurement of a strong fleet of comfortable and efficient rolling stock, Paolo Belforte, Chief Operations Officer, reflects on the…
The certMILS project aims to protect critical infrastructure against cyber-attacks by compositional security certification to deliver a certified Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) platform. But how can this be applied to railway systems? The project’s Technical Leader, Sergey Tverdyshev, explains more.