Today's challenges and opportunities for a sustainable railway transport connectivity

Sponsored by: Smiths Interconnect

Focused on:

  • Sustainable Railways

Date: 28 April


Time: 10am CET

Join us Wednesday, April 28 10am to 10:45 CET

Railways appear today as one of the most environmentally friendly means of transportation. However, the railway sector shows some important challenges to face.
The pandemic offers an opportunity for railway manufacturers to turn the challenges into an opportunity to increase the environmental attention and the comparative advantages of the rail transportation.

The train of the future will have higher needs in terms of bandwidth, functionalities and service quality: digitalisation, CO2 footprint, smart power distribution, operational standardization and regulations compliance are key areas of opportunities for the railway post-pandemic sector to improve their competitiveness.

Join our experts to learn more on how the railway transportation can win today’s challenges and enhance sustainability.

Presented by

Alain Garric,

Product Market Director, Railway, Industrial and Communication

Alain is responsible for interpreting all key market trends, developing strategies and providing directions into product line development, product and technology roadmap creation and penetration into key and target accounts. Alain has a Master degree in Electric Engineering from ESME (Paris). He has more than 30 years experience in the industry addressing multiple market segments in various positions as system engineer, program manager, global sales and market segments manager.

Riadh Gazdallah,

Global Key Account Manager

Riadh has a solid expertise in the rail market segment. He has been in charge of product marketing and strategy within Smiths Interconnect. With a Mechanical Engineering Master Degree and almost 2 decades in the connector industry he has held several positions including product design, project management, product marketing and strategy and recently global key account management.

Jean-Sébastien Lefrileux,

Engineering Manager, Railway

Jean-Sébastien is a senior engineer expert with more than 25 years experience in interconnect technologies and solutions including product design, qualification, and management for Aerospace, Defense and Railway applications. Working at Smiths Interconnect for almost 25 years, JeanSébastien has held several positions as a lab test engineer, application engineer, engineering manager, and during the past few years leading all activities of rail engineering development.

Key Learning Objectives

  • How miniaturization can help increase the number of passengers per train
  • How high-speed data transmission can improve operational efficiency and passenger experience satisfaction
  • How complex electrical power requirements can be managed safely and efficiently in a critical environment


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