Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16 November 2017 – The Fifth International Railway Summit is hosted by IRITS Events in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Huawei Technologies. The event, taking place in Kuala Lumpur on 15-17 November 2017, attracted nearly 200 delegates from global vendors, industry leaders, rail operators and experts.
During the Summit, Huawei is showcasing its Digital Railway and Digital Urban Rail solutions, as well as end-to-end ICT solutions tailored to rail operational communication. Working with partners such as Jiaxun Feihong, Top Xingda, and Singapore’s ST Electronics, Huawei also displays the Railway IoT and Urban Rail Cloud solutions based on the latest cloud computing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, as well as how these solutions drive the Digital Transformation of the rail sector.
On November 15, 40 global rail industry professionals had the opportunity to travel with Kuala Lumpur’s famous Light Rapid Transit, LRT Ampang Line and to visit its Operation and Control Center, OCC. The Ampang Line Extension project benefits from Huawei’s full suite of urban rail operational communication solutions. In this project, Huawei provided a fully integrated end-to-end communication solution and full-process delivery services leveraging its strong platform-based service capabilities and reliable products and solutions.
The Huawei-led Digital Railway Transformation session was held on November 16. Speakers from Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission (S.P.A.D.), the UIC, China Association of Metros, and Prasarana Malaysia Berhad shared their views on how digital technologies transform the rail industry.
Yuan Xilin, President of the Transport Sector of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, made an opening speech at the session. He commented: “Huawei provides innovative, differentiated, and advanced ICT hardware and software infrastructure to build reliable, open, elastic, and secure platforms. We cooperate with partners in the global railway industry providing customers from the rail sector with end-to-end solutions that pave the road for their Digital Transformations. New ICT technologies such as LTE-M open the doors to introduce revolutionary changes such as digital collaboration, urban rail cloud computing platforms, and Big Data analytics while maintaining protocols to ensure safe and reliable mission critical train to ground communications. These changes help improving passengers’ travel experience, enhance rail operational efficiency, ensure the public safety and the operational security at stations, and implement operational excellence, driving rail operators towards digital railways.”
Francis Bedel, Chief Digital Officer of the UIC, discussed challenges and opportunities for the rail industry during digital transformation. He commented: “Digital has rapidly become a strategic issue for rail and UIC Digital platform is there to support this development. Share, Open, Connect are our guidelines. One of our main ambitions is to initiate and enhance synergies between Rail sector and Digital ecosystem made of various actors such as start-ups, incubators and major companies as Huawei and others.”
Li Zhonghao, Deputy Director of the Technical Committee of China Association of Metros, said: “We witness increasingly wider application of LTE-M as an integrated train-to-ground bearer network in China’s urban rail industry. More than 50 lines have adopted LTE-M networks to carry services such as communication-based train control (CBTC), passenger information system (PIS)/closed-circuit television (CCTV), and voice trunking dispatching services. Smart urban rail cloud, based on network reconstruction, platform reconstruction, and Big Data technologies, has entered China’s urban rail market in recent years. We hope that the practice of LTE-M and urban rail cloud development in China can set a good example and clear industry trend for other regions around the world.”
Etienne Saclier D’Arquian, Head of ICS Networks Product Line, Thales Ground Transportation Systems, said: “With a significant legacy field equipment fleet to maintain, Railway operators will find IoT is a key enabler for cost savings, thanks to improved operational efficiency. Thales helps them reach this objective by combining proven transportation business expertise with best-in-class AI and versatile solutions such as Huawei’s, to build flexible, resilient and secure IoT services for predictive maintenance.”
Huawei is committed to the principle of “Openness, Cooperation, and Mutual Benefits” and comprehensive innovation with partners to provide end-to-end solutions and help customers in the rail transportation industry accelerate their digital transformation. To date, Huawei’s ICT service solution for railways has been delivered to more than 120,000 km rail lines of over 50 rail integrators and operators worldwide, including five of the global top 10 rail operators.