Inaugural IRSE Presidential Programme Webinar:

Future Communications – Have Your Say

Webinar live via this page from 12:15 on November 7th, 2019

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As an industry we all need to challenge our approach to future delivery and embrace widely used concepts such as common shared networks, secure industrial clouds and move towards standardised mainline and metro communication offerings, with primary aims being safety, quality of service, affordability and keeping pace with our travelling customers' growing demands.

Communications technology is fundamental to control systems and evolves rapidly. Railways are not the first to implement and should be able to learn the lessons for others who have gone before us, but equally rarely seem to. We need to break the pattern of current technology and delivery solutions by pushing at the door of concepts such as common shared networks, largescale LTE utilisation and standardised mainline and metro communication offerings, with primary aims being quality of service, affordability and “cultural” change keeping pace with our travelling customer’s growing demands. 
This webinar event will allow worldwide participation to push for innovative change and build networks and communities through which they nurture and spread ideas and catalyse action.

Joining Instructions

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Running order for Webinar

Session 1



12:15 - 12:25

Welcome and introduction

George Clark, President of the IRSE

12:25 - 12:30

TfL’s challenges and aspirations for future railway signalling and communication systems


Gary Joynes, Principal Engineer, Railway Signalling & Control Systems,TfL

12:30 - 12:45

Railway signalling supplier industry perspective of the future direction of communications solutions to support signalling applications


Russell Clarke, SiemensGeneral Manager for Mobility Communications

Session 2



12:45 - 13:05

Shift2Rail paper presentation: “Adaptable Communication System for all Railways” (This work was presented at World Congress on Railway Research ‘19, Tokyo, where it received a best paper award)

Ben Allen, Senior Telecoms Innovation Engineer, Network Rail representing Shift2Rail

13:05 - 13:15


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Session 3



13:15 - 13:35

5G evolution and beyond.What new benefits does this bring to railway communications?

Volker Ziegler B5G Leadership Nokia Bell Labs & CTO

13:35 - 13:45


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Break 13:45 - 14:00





Session 4



14:00 - 14:20

Exploiting common shared networks for safety critical applications

Alan O'Reilly, Enterprise Systems Engineer, Cisco

14:20 - 14:30


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Session 5



14:30 - 14:50

Railway signalling industry standardisation.Is there scope to do more and exploit synergies between mainline and metro railway communications requirements?

Duncan Robb Principal Consultant (Communications & Information Systems) SNC Lavalin

14:50 - 15:00


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Session 6



15:00 - 15:20

Digitisation and technology – the people aspect. What do we need to do as an industry to nurture an effective future?

Steve Denniss Technical Director Digital Knowledge and Information WSP

15:20 - 15:30


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To get involved with the live Q&A session, please tweet your questions with the hashtag #IRSEFC during each session.  A facilitator will put your questions to the speakers in each of the Q&A breaks. 

The ability to ask the speakers questions will not be available once the live session has closed at 15:30 on 7 November 2019.