In today’s highly competitive rail market automation and centralisation are drivers for innovation. Also national borders are no longer rail operation borders. Operators and infrastructure managers are seeking new ways to improve efficiency, operational safety and to control risk.

Wayside train monitoring originates from national rail regulation, however since the opening of the European rail market this has also become an European regulative issue. An international exchange of data from wayside train monitoring systems is of great advantage for further improvements, particularly in cross-border freight operations and liberalisation in all passenger operations. At this moment, national borders are still thresholds for data exchange between infrastructure managers which partly due to differences in monitoring measures.

Europoint, Rail Technology Conferences & Exhibitions is organizing the international conference ‘Wayside Train Monitoring Systems’ on 22 September 2011 in Lucerne, Switzerland. SBB is the partner of this conference which offers a one-day platform to discuss developments and their directions, in a national and international setting.

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