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Railtex 2019 will make digital rail a major focus

Railtex 2019 will make digital rail a major focus

Digital rail will be a major focus of the upcoming Railtex 2019 exhibition.

The three-day event will be held at the NEC in Birmingham from 14-16 May and digital rail will be put under the microscope by the exhibition’s leaders, experts and exhibitors who will discuss and explore the challenges and opportunities that the transformation to digital can bring.

It is an important topic given that the rail network is growing more popular – a trend which will continue too.

With an increasingly crowded network, the need to create more capacity is huge, and digital rail can play a crucial part in this process, by modernising systems, adopting new technologies and innovations to lead the rail sector into the digital age.

Network Rail is undertaking a Digital Railway Programme itself to make all trains either digital or digital-ready this year, and at Railtex, the challenges and need for this digital age will be discussed at length.

Already confirmed are the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) presenting digital innovation and technology as part of The Digirail project.

In addition, a Digital Rail Forum will be held for the very first time, combining project management with the supply chain to allow a collaborative review of the Digital Rail programme.

Kirsten Whitehouse, Exhibition Manager for the exhibition, commented: “Digital is more than just a buzzword in the rail industry, it has a huge part to play in the modernisation of our network and making journeys better and safer for customers, operators and infrastructure owners.

“At Railtex 2019, we’ll be providing an array of presentations, demonstrations and discussions to help suppliers and railway managers understand and discover how digital technology is transforming the sector.

“The scope for opportunities is huge and next year’s exhibition is the perfect platform to discover them, bringing the biggest names in rail under  one roof to share knowledge and do business.”

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