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  DAY ONE
8:50 am Welcome Address
 

C-Suite fireside chats: meeting the growing safety and security challenge.

As the risks and threats to railroads rapidly change, safety and security has never been more critical. Border security, cyber crime, and international terrorism are all growing issues, while upgrading signalling systems with technologies such as PTC and CBTC remain crucial to reducing derailments and accidents. In this session, government, freight, and transit leaders will give their view on what are currently the biggest priorities for improving the safety and security of Amercian railroads.

  • What is the current state of safety and security in US rail transportation?
  • Maintaining the economic viability of rail while making safety the top priority.
  • Determining ROI for investing in new safety technologies: do the returns outweigh the risks?
  • Innovative financing models for rail safety projects.

Moderator: Jo Strang, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

9:00 am Interview 1 Thomas Littleton, Associate Administrator for Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration
9:15 am Interview 2: Darrell Maxey, Deputy Chief Operating Officer (PTC & Engineering), Metrolink SCRRA
09:30am Interview 3: Robert B. Ledoux, Senior Vice President, Florida East Coast Railway
9:45 am Interview 4: Paul Comfort, Chief Executive Officer, MTA Maryland
10:00 am The Value of Open Source Software in Transportation IoT World.
Sompop Noiwan, Account Manager, Middleware & PaaS, Red Hat
10:15 am Interview 6: Doug Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Railway Express
10:30 am Interview 5: Christopher Hart, Board Member, National Transportation Safety Board
10:45 am

Ask the Leaders: Your chance to interact with our C-level panel and pose your questions on our interactive Q&A system. Delegates can vote for their favourite questions and get unparalleled industry insight.

Panelists:

  • Christopher Hart, Board Member, National Transportation Safety Board
  • Thomas Littleton, Associate Administrator for Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration
  • Robert B. Ledoux, Senior Vice President, Florida East Coast Railway
  • Paul Comfort, Chief Executive Officer, MTA Maryland
  • Doug Allen, Chief Execuitve Officer, Virginia Railway Express
  • Darrell Maxey, Deputy Chief Operating Officer (PTC & Engineering), Metrolink SCRRA
11:15 am Networking Coffee Break

  PTC AND OPERATIONAL SAFETY RAIL SECURITY
 

Effective implementation & operation: Signalling and train control.

The introduction of advanced signalling systems such as PTC and CBTC continue to be a priority for reducing serious safety incidents. The implementation of signalling projects represents a challenge for operators, with the need to integrate new technologies with legacy systems, training staff in its operation, and interfacing with other railroads. This session will look at train control across the project life-cycle.

  • Best practice project and budget management.
  • Post-deployment support: working with suppliers for continued safe operations.
  • Interoperability and corridor management.

Moderator: Jo Strang, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

Developing cyber security.

Railroads are becoming increasingly digital operations, with digitized infrastructure, hazardous cargo data, customer payments, and methods of storing information. Combine this with the rising threat of international terrorism and fraudulent crime and it becomes essential that railroads have a robust cyber security strategy in place. This session will consider how new cyber security measures are needed to protect assets, passengers, and goods from digital threats.

  • From silos to company wide issue.
  • Protecting people, technology and assets.
  • From hackers to phishing: combatting the different forms of cyber threats.

Moderator: Norma Krayem, Senior Policy Advisor, and Co-Chair, Cybersecurity and Privacy, Holland & Knight

11:45 am

Moving forward with PTC implementation: where do we go from here?

Atousa Vali, Senior Director, Amtrak

Freight rail case study: hazardous materials – finding the right balance between transparency and security.

Mark Grant, Chief Information Security Officer, CSX

12:00 pm

PTC project management: reducing the implementation costs and risks.

John G Anderson, PTC Advisor, CN Railway

Preparing for “hybrid attacks” – combined threats to cyber and physical security.

Michael Dinning, Director, Multimodal Programs and Partnerships, USDOT VOLPE Center

12.15 pm

Adoption of SIL4 COTS Products for Rail Safety.

  • Alex Wilson, Director, Market Development, Wind River
  • Robert Persons, Senior Field Sales Architect, Embedded Computing, Artesyn Embedded Technologies

Transit case study: Protecting customer data - what is missing?

Dr Matthew Hicks, Senior Principle Cyber Security, Amtrak

12:45 pm

Panel discussion: Post deployment strategy – making the most of the functions of advanced signalling systems.

Panelists:

  • Atousa Vali, Senior Director, Amtrak
  • John G Anderson, PTC Advisor, CN Railway
  • Andrea Azpiazo, Former Lead Rail Traffic Controller, Miami-Dade Transit
  • Alex Wilson, Director, Market Development, Wind River
  • Robert Persons, Senior Field Sales Architect, Embedded Computing, Artesyn Embedded Technologies
  • Alan Tilles, Partner, Shulman Rogers

Panel discussion: How will cyber attacks develop in future?

Panelists:

  • Dr Matthew Hicks, Senior Principle Cyber Security, Amtrak
  • Michael Dinning, Director, Multimodal Programs and Partnerships, USDOT VOLPE Center
  • Mark Grant, Chief Information Security Officer, CSX
  • Doug Wylie, Director, Industrials & Infrastructure Portfolio, The Sans Institute
1:15 pm Networking Lunch

 

Using data to enhance safety.

The vast quantities of data produced by asset management technology and signalling systems enables operators to gain a detailed picture of their networks. By making full use of this data, operators can make key safety decisions in real-time and even make predictions for when assets are likely to fail before serious incidents arise.

  • Dispatch and traffic management in real time.
  • Smarter asset management and predictive maintenance.
  • Shared track and dark territory.

Moderator: Jo Strang, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

Smart surveillance and physical security.

With complex assets and thousands of miles of track to cover, the introduction of smarter security cameras, remote monitoring equipment, and UAVs can enable railroad operators to monitor more for less. This session will look at how automation can be combined with traditional methods to create a robust safety and security strategy. 

  • Solutions for improving crossing safety.
  • Drones for track surveillance and crime prevention.
  • Automated surveillance and sensor technology.

Moderator: Norma Krayem, Senior Policy Advisor, and Co-Chair, Cybersecurity and Privacy, Holland & Knight

2:30 pm 

Network analytics: moving from a reactive to proactive maintenance strategy.

Charles Wolfe, Head of Communications and Network Technology, WMATA 

Onboard video for security and safety.

Sean Ryan, Chief Security Officer, MTA Metro North Railroad 

2:45 pm 

Data collection, remote monitoring, and data management.

Dave West, Asset Manager for Track, Keolis Commuter Services 

The potential of UAVs for railroad surveillance.

Grant A Begley, Former Pentagon Senior Advisor for UAVs/Drones, Office of the Under-Secretary of Defense 
3:00 pm 

Case study: Transitioning to a safety management system. 

John O'Grady, Chief Safety Officer, Toronto Transit Commission

Fiber optic sensing: One solution to enhance security for personnel, infrastructure and operations.

Peter Bradley, Director FTS Strategy, Frauscher 

3:15 pm 

The vital role of accurate data for improved emergency response.

J. F. Peter Meenehan, Former Project Manager, WMATA

Case study: Using drones for 3D modeling and vegetation management.

Pascal Baran, Chief Engineering Officer, Keolis Commuter Services   

3:30 pm 

Panel Discussion: Where do further opportunities lie for exploiting data?

Panelists:

  • Charles Wolfe, Head of Communications and Network Technology, WMATA
  • Dave West, Asset Manager for Track, Keolis Commuter Services
  • John O'Grady, Chief Safety Officer, Toronto Transit Commission
  • Nick Chodorow, Senior Director of IT, Belt Railway of Chicago
  • J.F. Peter Meenehan, Former Project Manager, WMATA

Panel Discussion: Identifying security weaknesses and threats.

Panelists:

  • Grant A Begley, Former Pentagon Senior Advisor for UAVs/Drones, Office of the Under-Secretary of Defense
  • Sean Ryan, Chief Security Officer, MTA Metro North Railroad
  • Pascal Baran, Chief Engineering Officer, Keolis Commuter Services
  • Michael Dinning, Director, Multimodal Programs and Partnerships, USDOT VOLPE Center
  • Peter Bradley, Director FTS Strategy, Frauscher
4:00 pm Networking Coffee Break

4:30 pm

Interactive Roundtables: The roundtable sessions promote niche and open discussion amongst delegates. They are the perfect learning and networking opportunity. Each table in the conference room will have a separate topic area, and delegates will be open to choose the table on which they wish to sit. Each table leader will lead a 40 minute discussion on the topic with fellow table members.Following the discussion, each table leader will feedback to the whole group, their key conclusions from the session.

PTC Key Management and Security Solutions

  • Paola Realpozo, Director, Lilee Systems

Leveraging rider's smartphones for crowd-sourced reporting of security incidents to police

  • Chris Russo, EVP/Founder, Elerts
  • Ed English, CEO, Elerts

PTC Interoperability Testing – Lessons Learned

  • Bill Everett, Business Development, Rockwell Collins
  • Jaya Aswani, Senior Systems Engineer, Rockwell Collins

How are See What I See solutions on connected glasses making journeys safer?

  • Anne-Fleur Andrle, CEO, AMA Expert Eye
  • Yann Veslin, Operating Planning and Performance Improvement Manager, Keolis Commuter Services

 

5:45 pm Networking Drinks Reception


  DAY TWO
8:30 am

Breakfast briefing hosted by Wind River and Artesyn: Application of ControlSafe COTS Technologies.

  • Alex Wilson, Director, Market Development, Wind River
  • Robert Persons, Senior Field Sales Architect, Embedded Computing, Artesyn Embedded Technologies
9:00 am Welcome Address.
 

A system wide, integrated, safe network.

Safety is a priority not just for safety specialists, but applies across the organization, and incidents in one area can have a knock-on effect on other parts of the network. By breaking down silos and using data more effectively, railroads can deal with safety issues more rapidly and minimize service disruptions.

  • Mission critical communications.
  • Breaking down data silos to get an overall view of the network.
  • Using real-time data to make more rapid safety decisions.

Moderator: Michael Allen, Managing Partner, W.R. Allen Associates

9:05 am

Bringing together system-wide data to create a safer, more holistic system.

Nick Chodorow, Chief Information Officer, Belt Railway of Chicago

9:20 am

Case study: WMATA’s Safetrack plan – returning Washington’s Metro system to a state of good repair.

Laura Mason, Special Track Work Director, WMATA
9:35 am

PTC Big Data: Implementing an IoT Data Management Platform.

Paola Realpozo, Director, Lilee Systems

9:50 am

Acquiring spectrum: Regulation and legal issues for PTC.

Paul Feldman, Attorney, Fletcher Heald
10:05 am

Case study: Interoperability: Where are we now?

R.T. McCarthy, Chief Safety Officer, Keolis Commuter Services

10:20 am

Panel Discussion: Breaking down silos to create integrated safety strategies.

Panelists:

  • Nick Chodorow, Chief Information Officer, Belt Railway of Chicago
  • Laura Mason, Special Track Work Director, WMATA
  • Paul Feldman, Attorney, Fletcher Heald
  • R.T. McCarthy, Chief Safety Officer, Keolis Commuter Services
  • Paola Realpozo, Director, Lilee Systems
10:40 am Networking Coffee Break

  PTC AND OPERATIONAL SAFETY RAIL SECURITY
 

Intimate workshops: The workshop sessions offer a perfect platform for interaction, debate and best practice sharing. Led by specialist facilitators, delegates will sit on tables of no more than 10 delegates and following the moderators' introductory presentation, will discuss on their tables, the challenges presented. Each table will then feedback to the whole group their conclusions, so you can take practical information back to the office to improve your business!

11:10 am

Advanced signalling systems for safety.

Arne Boralv, CEO and President, Prover Technology

What types of analytics and use cases are needed for better role-based, data driven decision making in the rail industry?

Matt Miller, Transport Industry Principle, OSIsoft

12:10 pm

Essential security for safe and reliable operations

Joseph Page, VP of North America Sales, Waterfall

1:10 pm Networking Lunch

 

Safety management: technology meets culture.

Safety and security starts with a well-trained and vigilant workforce. This session will discuss strategies for creating a holistic safety culture at all levels of the organization, and how training must develop as new risks and threats become apparent. It will also look at how technology such as automation and close call reporting can mitigate the human factor in safety incidents.

  • Creating a company-wide safety culture.
  • Optimizing workforce training.
  • Technology and the human factor: the role of automation.
  • Strategies for community engagement on safety and security.

Moderator: Michael Allen, Managing Partner, W.R. Allen Associates

2:10 pm

Engaging with employees to create an effective company-wide safety culture.

Gardner Tabon, Chief, Office of System Safety, NJ Transit

2:25 pm

Technology and outreach to enhance grade crossing safety and public awareness.

Sheldon Shaw, Manager of Safety, Utah Transit Authority

2:40 pm

Grade crossing safety; a public private partnership.

French Thompson, Director, Public Projects and System Design, BNSF Railway

2:55 pm

Rail trespassing and suicide prevention:  What we know and what we don’t.

Kurt Topel, Member, DuPage Railroad Safety Council

3:10 pm Panel Discussion: Getting the balance between technology and the human factors in safety.

Panelists:

  • Kurt Topel, Member, DuPage Railroad Security Council
  • Gardner Tabon, Chief, Office of System Safety, NJ Transit
  • Sheldon Shaw, Manager of Safety, Utah Transit
  • French Thompson, Director, Public Projects and System Design, BNSF Railway

3:40 pm END OF SAFERAIL 2017