Automated Train Operation – an important building block for modern railways – Presented by Alfons Schaafsma, ProRail

Automated Train Operation – an important building block for modern railways – Presented by Alfons Schaafsma, Advisor Innovation and Development, ProRail, at the Cargo Innovation Conference, which will take place on Jun 07, 2018, at Maaspoort, Venlo, The Netherlands. Read the interview

Automated Train Operation (ATO) has a huge impact on employees, technical systems, and aspects like reliability and safety. Performing real life tests is a strategy to create focus points in the development process for all stakeholders. Testing also helps to demystify ATO. ProRail is in the process of facilitating tests in 2018.
In the view of ProRail both track side and on board systems should migrate from (connected) Driver Advisory Systems – via Semi

Automatied Train Operation with full responsibility of the driver – to Unattended Train Operation. ATO should operate in cooperation with both ERTMS and national signaling/ATP systems.

About ProRail
ProRail is responsible for the railway network in the Netherlands. Together with carriers, we are committed 24/7 to ensure that passengers and goods reach their destination safely and on time. We want to make the rail network safer, more reliable, punctual and more sustainable and work on it every day. We always do this with attention to our influence on the environment and society.

About Cargo Innovation Conference
The logistics industry is gearing up for possibly the biggest challenge in its history. Digital technologies disrupt the traditional valuechain. Disruption is everywhere. The traditional players have to adapt quickly, otherwise new entrants will threaten their positions or even take over.

The Cargo Innovation Conference addresses the impact of digitalisation of logistics processes on efficiency, profitability, user friendliness, transparency and more.

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