FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR, BILBAO WELCOMES ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT TRADE FAIRS AND CONGRESSES IN THE SECTOR: RAIL LIVE 2019. THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 3,000 ATTENDEES FROM 80 COUNTRIES WILL DEBATE ON TOPICS OF SPECIAL RELEVANCE SUCH AS DIGITISATION OR MOBILITY AS A SERVICE.
Bilbao hosts, from 6 to 7 March 2019, the international trade fair and congress entitled “Rail Live!”. For the second year in a row, BEC will host one of the flagship trade fairs and congresses in the sector. After the success of the last edition, this year’s expectations are even greater. According to the organisers’ data, there will be 3,000 attendees from 80 countries, 300 speakers and 150 exhibiting companies.
Rail Live! once again, will enjoy the support of the Spanish railway association (Mafex) in the organisation of the event, as well as the collaboration of firms and bodies such as the Basque Government, The SPRI Group, ETS, Euskotren, Metro Bilbao; besides the support of Adif and Renfe.
During the two days of the event, professionals from around the world will address the new trends in rail transport and the most prominent changes in urban mobility. Amongst them, the challenges it faces in an environment of digital transformation, new ways of travelling, as well as the future needs of users.
Bearing the title “Technology, innovation and strategy for the entire railway supply chain”, the conference will analyse, through presentations and round tables, the latest developments and their impact on the connection of 21st century cities. Amongst the topics to be discussed, we find aspects of particular importance for the future of mobility such as intelligent infrastructures, advances in metro, tram or light rail networks, the digital revolution, Internet of Things (or IoT), telecommunications and control, as well as the new concept of stations. The conferences will also deal with current issues such as the MaaS concept (Mobility as a service), financing models or advances in ticketing procedures.
In this edition will have an outstanding presence of administrations and railway operators from many countries, which will present some of the mega projects that are currently carried out in the world and will publicise the role they play in the promotion of sustainable urban mobility.
Amongst the main international speakers include executives from California High Speed Rail Authority and RTA Chicago (United States); SNCF and RATP Group (France); SBB (Switzerland), Indian Railways (India), besides NS Reizigers (Holland) and Rail Baltica (Latvia) among many others besides the participation of ETS, Euskotren, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (the Catalonian Rail Manager), Metro Madrid, Metro Tenerife, Tramway of Zaragoza, Adif and Renfe as part of the congress programme. Alongside the conference, at Rail Live! the attendees will be able to see first-hand, in the area of exhibition, the most recent developments that incorporate to the market to respond to these new technological demands. In this area there will be 150 companies, as well as start-ups that will announce the latest innovations in innovation that will revolutionise the sector in the future.
For Mafex, collaborating in the accomplishment of important events such as Rail Live! represents a unique opportunity to boost the global development of transport. This professional platform once again places the Spanish railway sector in a sectorial showcase of great relevance within an important pole of industrial reference such as the Basque Country.