Interoperability in Practice

A key workshop on Interoperability within the rail industry is set to take place in Brussels in October this year. Run by Hit Rail, one of the leading players in the railway industry’s drive towards interoperability, the event will take the form of a practical workshop to review and discuss the issues of ICT interoperability within the railway environment. It will tackle issues around railway IT infrastructure, passenger reservation systems and freight handling.

Aimed at senior representatives of Europe’s railway companies, and members of international railway associations with an interest in the subject of railway ICT infrastructure and interoperability across borders, the event will be hosted at the headquarters of SNCB, the Belgian railway undertaking company.

Helmut Grohmann, Chairman of Hit Rail, will give the opening address. Keynote speakers include representatives from the major international railway organisations such as the Community of European Railways (CER) and the European Railway Agency (ERA), plus others from the main European railway undertakings and infrastructure managers.

The objectives of the workshop include:

  • To showcase and take stock of successful examples of interoperability implementation by railways in Europe
  • To discuss challenges and opportunities for putting interoperability into practice, including identification of barriers and possible means to remove those barriers
  • To debate and define practical ways of collaboration among the European railway stakeholders in order to achieve the goals of the EU’s Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI)
  • To explore additional concrete measures to accelerate TSI implementation across Europe.

Further details of the event will be announced shortly.