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The MENA railway sector is a growth industry, enjoying a total investment of $200billion, more than 33,700km of mainline routes, and a further 3,000km of projects in the planning stages. With signalling and train control making up an integral part of metro networks, delivering more efficient, safer and increased capacity services, this summit has never been more relevant.
The MENA summit will enable national and international experts, stakeholders and operators to share their expertise and discuss cutting-edge projects, innovations and technologies.
The first day of the conference will look at signalling issues challenges, best practices such as ERTMS,and flexibility and adaptability, with presentations from Alstom, UNISIG, the Saudi Railway Company, and MENA, as well as representatives from UAE and Australia.
The role of signalling in delivering an efficiently operating and safe railway will be discussed in a keynote speech from Network Rails Gilbert Frazer, followed by a panel discussion on maximising the benefits of signalling and control operations to meet regional demands, the value of simulations and testing, and best practices.
Simon DCruz from Etihad Rail will present his insights into the challenges and solutions he encountered when installing ERTMS and ERTMS 2 in the region. There will be a keynote presentation on the importance of cross-border cooperation from Kostas Tzanakakis from Oman, and a discussion on the prospects and future for the Middle Eastern metro market.
Garry Lane from Systrawill share his experiences with the latest technological solutions to safeguard against hacking and cyber-terrorism. There will plenty of opportunities to network over luncheons and coffee, meeting potential new partners as well as touching base with existing ones.
With a forward-facing focus on technology, innovation and cross-border cooperation, and an impressive line-up of speakers from around the world, the conference promises to be progressive and interesting.
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