SafeRail: Ensuring Mission Critical Safety and Security Across the Rail and Transit Network (Boston, United States - March 17-19, 2020) -

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What is the SafeRail Congress?

The SafeRail Congress is a forum for railroads, transit agencies and solution providers to collaboratively work together to create safe, secure and reliable networks.

SafeRail will feature a number of important topics in the rail industry including digitalization, PTC implementation and asset management. The SafeRail Congress will be co-located with the SmartTransit Congress which looks at how digitization and technology are revolutionizing transit.

Featuring C-level Speakers

Dedicated to safety and security in the industry SafeRail brings together leading experts to discuss the challenges faced by the industry, the latest solutions and best practice.


2019 Agenda for reference:

Day 1

08:30 Registration

09:00 Welcoming address

Plenary: Delivering a safe and secure service in a digitalized world

Moderator: Michael Lowder, Principal, Michael W. Lowder & Global Associates LLC

09:10 How is safety and security changing in the digital age?

  • Understanding and mitigating the risks of a digitalized transport network
  • Adapting to the modernization of equipment across your network
  • Making use of new technologies for greater efficiency and effectiveness

09:25 Bridging the gap between government and industry

  • Are more regulation and standards needed to improve security across the transportation sector?
  • Improving the reporting of security incidents
  • Why joint collaboration will strengthen overall security
  • Too little too late? Why we shouldn't wait until after a breach before drafting security standards

09:40 Cyber - we are at war! Can an operational military perspective help YOU protect YOUR transportation systems?

10:10 Working with regulatory bodies: data sharing and regulatory oversight

10:25 America's transportation infrastructure: a matter of national security

  • The economic importance of transportation networks: what is the financial impact of disruption?
  • The changing nature of the security threat
  • Giving the right support and regulatory oversight to transportation operators

10:40 Panel discussion: Technology: friend or foe?

  • Is the rapid advancement of technology putting your network at risk?
  • Keeping up and keeping safe: embracing innovation without neglecting safety and security
  • Integrating new technology with existing legacy systems

11:10 Networking coffee break

11:20 Positive Train Control: Ensuring You Meet The Deadline

Moderator: Mike Ogborn, Senior Advisor, ASLRRA

11:55 Working with the industry to oversee delivery of PTC

  • Ensuring the right assistance and communication is in place at government level
  • Allocating sufficient time to hit project milestones
  • Using information to prioritize resources using a risk based approach

12:10 Advisory Session

12:25 Overcoming the challenges to successfully implementing PTC

  • Upholding an efficient and reliable service during testing and certification
  • Interoperability between host railroads and their tenants
  • Ensuring all components needed for PTC are seamlessly working together

12:40 Maintaining Configuration Management in a Post PTC World

  • A change management approach to PTC
  • The intersection of PTC and product lifecycle management
  • What does a post-PTC world look like?

12:55 Panel discussion: Post-deployment strategies, what opportunities does PTC present?

  • What additional capabilities can be achieved on PTC's wireless systems?
  • Attaining a return on investment from PTC installation
  • Is there potential for upgrading PTC in the future

13:25 Networking Lunch

13:55 Reliable and Well Maintained Infrastructure

Moderator: Mischa Wanek Libman, Executive Editor, Mass Transit

14:25 Case study: Implementing a Safety Management System at Amtrak

14:40 Using predictive maintenance to sustain a good state of repair

  • Leveraging data analytics to predict repairs and reduce costs
  • Developing assets knowledge from historic data to avoid recurring issues
  • Creating meaningful and timely alerts and alarms leading up to repairs and maintenance

14:55 Advisory Session

15:10 Panel discussion: Collecting and using data effectively

  • How are well maintained assets a precursor to safer operations?
  • Setting appropriate standards, benchmarks, and reporting
  • How to aggregate data from multiple sources to establish the big picture?
  • Onboard vs trackside technology: what's the best way of gathering data about your network?
  • What is the use case for automated technologies in rail maintenance?
  • How to communicate with the trackside effectively (cellular or own trackside network)

16:10 Networking Break

16:40 Roundtable discussion: Getting the most out of fiber optic sensors for asset monitoring across transport infrastructure

JJ Williams, Chairman, Fiber Optic Sensing Association

Day 2

08:00 Registration

09:00 Welcoming address

Plenary: Using technology To Mitigate Human Error

Moderator: Chris Hart, Former Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board

09:10 Business continuity planning

  • Identifying the threats and risks to your business
  • A risk based approach to asset protection
  • Having back ups in place when disaster strikes

09:25 Using technology to assist in reducing security risks

  • How to use data to predict, detect and deter
  • Managing the balance of effective event management and delivering a safe and secure rail service
  • The challenges of operating in an open transport system

09:40 Diagnosis, Protocol, Compliance and Regulation - A guide to better understanding sleep apnea

  • Sleep Apnea diagnosis and compliance for safety sensitive employees in the rail industry and the importance of reducing a leading cause of human error-fatigue.
  • State of the Industry - The current guidance, upcoming updates to the handbook and the NTSB Most Wanted List
  • Evaluation of the Employee - Review scientifically established risk factors, current assessment tools and protocol creation
  • Compliance and its Importance - What is it? How having the full picture can protect against potential legal action and the employee.

09:55 Implementing and managing a successful safety management programme

  • Sharing and managing safety data more effectively
  • Detecting and correcting safety problems earlier
  • Benchmarking safety performance

10:10 Panel discussion: Can we run a safe and efficient service with minimal human intervention

  • In what circumstances is automation safer than manual operation
  • Understanding the limitations of humans and using technology to compensate for them
  • What will automation look like in the future?

10:40 Networking coffee break

11:00 Interactive Workshop Sessions

11:40 Robotics and artificial intelligence to enhance safety oversight

  • Autonomous alternatives to repetitive and arduous tasks
  • How could robotics solve the challenges of reliability, downtime, and costs?
  • What safety benefits can be achieved by replacing human intervention in maintenance activities?
  • Case studies of robotics and automation in action
  • Workforce and human capital challenges of increased automation

12:40 Networking Lunch

13:10 Tackling Rail Related Fatalities

13:40 Strategies for reducing trespassing and suicide incidents

  • The importance of spotting and understanding trends to prevent accidents and incidents on railroads
  • Understanding the demographic and environmental characteristics of rail suicide
  • Working in partnership with local charities to prevent railroad related deaths

13:55 Mitigating worker accidents and fatalities

  • What are the leading causes for worker accidents and fatalities
  • Incorporating data and analytics to identify risks and threats
  • Creating and adhering to a roadworker protection plan
  • Adhering to government protocols when reporting accidents

14:10 Advisory Session

14:25 Technology and engagement to improve grade crossing safety

  • Changing behavior through technology: better warnings, monitors, and deterrents
  • Employing analytics to identify frequent problem areas
  • Raising awareness and changing perceptions of grade crossings

14:40 Raising public awareness of the dangers of railroads

  • Challenging preconceptions about the perpetrators and motives of trespassing
  • Developing on-board and static technology for monitoring trespassing incidents
  • Results from the study: developing a profile of the average trespasser and new ways to tackle the problem

14:55 Panel discussion: What are the factors contributing to the reduction of suicide and trespassing incidents and how can we build on these

  • Understanding how pedestrian safety at highway - rail grade crossings has changed over time
  • Sharing data with public authorities to gain an overall picture
  • Using empirical evidence and examining the behaviour of pedestrians involved in accidents and incidents to prevent recurrence

15:25 End of Conference

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Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager
For E.S.T. Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900