UIC eNews http://www.mkforce.com/com/ UIC News en SPIP - www.spip.net UIC Communications http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-vignettes/L144xH63/siteon0-8d6e2.png?1602754236 http://www.mkforce.com/com/ 63 144 Official launch of SAFETY4RAILS European research project on 5 November 2020 http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/official-launch-of-safety4rails-european-research-project-on-5-november-2020?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/official-launch-of-safety4rails-european-research-project-on-5-november-2020?page=news 2020-11-10T16:52:10Z text/html en Safety Research Security Reporting Cybersecurity SAFETY4RAILS Crisis Communication <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>The SAFETY4RAILS (Data-based analysis for SAFETY and security projection FOR detection, prevention, mitigation and response in trans-modal metro and RAILway networkS) project kickoff meeting took place virtually on 5 November between all of the consortium partners, the Project Officer from the European Commission's Research Executive Agency, representatives from the advisory boards foreseen for the project, as well as two envisaged end-user partners from Spain and Turkey. <br class='autobr' /> The role of the (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/safety" rel="tag">Safety</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/cyber-security" rel="tag">Cybersecurity</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/safety4rails" rel="tag">SAFETY4RAILS</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/crisis-communication" rel="tag">Crisis Communication</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/fd/f12f437e9ff42a0da7a2a10efe3d89.png?1605027444' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The SAFETY4RAILS (Data-based analysis for SAFETY and security projection FOR detection, prevention, mitigation and response in trans-modal metro and RAILway networkS) project kickoff meeting took place virtually on 5 November between all of the consortium partners, the Project Officer from the European Commission's Research Executive Agency, representatives from the advisory boards foreseen for the project, as well as two envisaged end-user partners from Spain and Turkey.</p> <p>The role of the UIC Security Division in the SAFETY4RAILS project is to coordinate the end users (railways and metros) throughout the project by considering their needs and ensuring that their requirements and specific characteristics are properly taken into account in the development of the solutions (S4RIS platform). UIC will also lead the planning, development and evaluation of simulation exercises in close collaboration with the end users.</p> <p>Running for 24 months, the SAFETY4RAILS project aims to deliver methods and systems to increase the safety and recovery of track-based intercity railway and intracity metro transport. It addresses both cyber-only attacks (such as the impact from WannaCry infections), physical-only attacks (such as the Madrid commuter train bombing in 2014) and combined cyber-physical attacks, which are an important emerging scenario given increasing IoT infrastructure integration. SAFETY4RAILS concentrates on rush hour rail transport scenarios in which many passengers use the metro and railways to commute to work or attend mass events (e.g. large multivenue sporting events such as the Olympics). When an incident occurs during heavy usage, metro and railway operators must consider many different aspects to ensure passenger safety and security, e.g. carrying out threat analysis, maintaining situation awareness, establishing crisis communication and response, and must ensure that mitigating steps are taken and communicated to travellers and other users.</p> <p>SAFETY4RAILS will improve the handling of such incidents through a holistic approach. It will analyse the cyber-physical resilience of metro and railway systems and will deliver mitigation strategies for an efficient response. In addition, in order to remain secure in light of ever-changing, novel emerging risks, it will facilitate continuous adaptation of the SAFETY4RAILS solution. Simulation exercises will be organised in various operational environments to test and assess the SAFETY4RAILS solutions (S4RIS platform) with the end users of the consortium, supported by the external advisory board.</p> <p>SAFETY4RAILS will focus, in particular, on active involvement on the part of end users, railways and metro operators, from the beginning of the project when defining requirements and needs and designing and performing the scenarios and demonstrations, to the end of the project when evaluating the S4RIS software platform and in feedback loops to the developers.</p> <p><strong>The consortium</strong><br class='autobr' /> SAFETY4RAILS is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI. EMI is one of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's 74 institutes in Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organisation for applied research in Europe.</p> <p>Additional project partners:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Union internationale des chemins de fer (UIC)</li><li> Metro de Madrid S.A.</li><li> Ankara Elektrik Havagazı ve Otobüs İşletme Müessesesi</li><li> Rete Ferroviaria Italiana</li><li> Leonardo - Società per Azioni</li><li> Compagnie Européenne d'Intelligence Stratégique</li><li> STAM SRL</li><li> IC information company AG</li><li> Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Spain SL</li><li> The University of Reading</li><li> ETRA Investigación Y Desarrollo S.A.</li><li> RINA Consulting S.p.A.</li><li> National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”</li><li> Wings ICT Solutions Information & Communication Technologies IKE</li><li> University of Newcastle upon Tyne</li><li> European Organisation for Security</li><li> Innova Integra Limited</li><li> Laurea-ammattikorkeakoulu Oy</li><li> Cyber Services Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság</li><li> ERGUNLER INSAAT PETROL URUNLERI OTOMOTIV TEKSTIL MADENCILIK SU URUNLER SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED STI.</li><li> MTRS3 Solutions and Services Ltd.</li><li> INTRACOM S.A. TELECOM SOLUTIONS</li><li> Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche</li><li> Alpha-Cyber SRL</li><li> Tree Technology S.A.</li><li> ProRail BV</li><li> Elbit Systems C4I and Cyber Ltd</li><li> Comune di Milano</li></ul></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information please contact Virginie Papillault, Senior Security Advisor: <a href="mailto:papillault@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>papillault@www.mkforce.com</a></p> <p>To stay up-to-date, follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and the dedicated website:<br class='autobr' /> <a href="https://safety4rails.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://safety4rails.eu/</a> (available soon)</p></div> ERRAC plenary and TER4RAIL final event – 19 November 2020 http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/errac-plenary-and-ter4rail-final-event-19-november-2020?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/errac-plenary-and-ter4rail-final-event-19-november-2020?page=news 2020-11-10T11:03:06Z text/html en Research ERRAC Shift2Rail Promoting EU funded project TER4RAIL <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>We are pleased to invite you to the ERRAC plenary meeting and TER4RAIL final event to be held online on Thursday 19 November from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. <br class='autobr' /> This event will provide a unique opportunity to meet railway experts, hear more about the challenges of the railway sector and discover the work carried out by TER4RAIL partners over the past two years. <br class='autobr' /> ERRAC plenary meeting from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.: Reporting from Shift2Rail and EC SRIA document ERRAC working group reporting Short (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/errac" rel="tag">ERRAC</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/shift2rail" rel="tag">Shift2Rail</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/events" rel="tag">Promoting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/ter4rail" rel="tag">TER4RAIL</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/9f/47b87d9ac1aa5ad476a7eaa7f1a7db.jpg?1605006198' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>We are pleased to invite you to the <a href="https://errac.org/" class='spip_out' rel='external'>ERRAC</a> plenary meeting and <a href="https://ter4rail.eu/" class='spip_out' rel='external'>TER4RAIL</a> final event to be held online on Thursday 19 November from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.</p> <p>This event will provide a unique opportunity to meet railway experts, hear more about the challenges of the railway sector and discover the work carried out by TER4RAIL partners over the past two years.</p> <p><strong>ERRAC plenary meeting from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.:</strong></p> <ul class="spip"><li> Reporting from Shift2Rail and EC</li><li> SRIA document</li><li> ERRAC working group reporting</li><li> Short report on TER4RAIL results</li></ul> <p><strong>TER4RAIL Final event from 2.00 to 4.30 p.m.:</strong></p> <ul class="spip"><li> Rail observatory</li><li> Roadmaps</li><li> Arguments supporting rail</li><li> Dissemination</li></ul> <p>Should you wish to participate, please register here: <a href="https://site.evenium.net/fclnb9jc/registration" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://site.evenium.net/fclnb9jc/registration</a></p> <p>TER4RAIL has received funding from the Shift2Rail JU under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement 826055.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For more information please contact Christine Hassoun, Senior Advisor, Project dissemination: <a href="mailto:hassoun@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>hassoun@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> PROACTIVE EU project holds its fifth consortium meeting online http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/proactive-eu-project-holds-its-fifth-consortium-meeting-online?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/proactive-eu-project-holds-its-fifth-consortium-meeting-online?page=news 2020-11-06T10:24:53Z text/html en Research Security Fundamental Values Reporting Horizon 2020 EU funded project PROACTIVE <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>The EU-funded H2020 PROACTIVE project, led by the UIC Security Division, held its fifth consortium progress meeting on 26 October. In light of Covid-19, the meeting was held online. <br class='autobr' /> With the project now halfway into its implementation period, the 15 consortium partners discussed the technical developments of the project, exchanged information on ongoing tasks and discussed the project activities planned for 2021 and 2022, which are severely impacted by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. <br class='autobr' /> So far, (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/fundamental-values" rel="tag">Fundamental Values</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/horizon-2020" rel="tag">Horizon 2020</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/proactive-project" rel="tag">PROACTIVE </a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/87/8acff7d4b829dabe02c854d8c9d30e.png?1604658374' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The EU-funded H2020 PROACTIVE project, led by the UIC Security Division, held its fifth consortium progress meeting on 26 October. In light of Covid-19, the meeting was held online.</p> <p>With the project now halfway into its implementation period, the 15 consortium partners discussed the technical developments of the project, exchanged information on ongoing tasks and discussed the project activities planned for 2021 and 2022, which are severely impacted by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.</p> <p>So far, the project is progressing well and deliverables are in line with the programme, with all planned results delivered on time. Only two reports have had to be slightly delayed due to the global pandemic, with no impact on the rest of the work, and 16 public deliverables are already available for download on the project website.</p> <p>The effects of Covid-19 on the project workplan have now become evident, resulting in some foreseeable delays of planned events during the second half of the project implementation period. Some adaptations and modifications have been required, but backup plans are being developed and remote working is in place to the greatest extent possible. The project team is committed to coping with these challenges and adapting the project activities to this challenging context.</p> <p>The most important ongoing research activity is the survey for the civil society, available online in nine different languages at the following link: <a href="https://proactive.limequery.com/725689" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://proactive.limequery.com/725689</a>. The results will allow first responders to better adapt their procedures to the needs of members of the public, including vulnerable groups.</p> <p>The most notable changes over the next two years concern adaptations to planning of the field exercise co-organised with the EU-funded H2020 eNotice project. These events have been rescheduled as follows:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Multidisciplinary field exercise in Rieti, Italy, 26-30 April 2021</li><li> Multidisciplinary field exercise in Dortmund, Germany, September 2021</li><li> Multidisciplinary field exercise in Ranst, Belgium, 19-23 May 2022</li></ul> <p>At least one of the exercises will be based on the scenario of a terrorist attack using a chemical agent on railway premises, and is expected to result in promising outcomes for railway security.</p> <p>The next progress meeting will be held in January 2021, most likely as an online event or as a joint (physical and remote) meeting if the context allows.</p> <dl class='spip_document_19751 spip_documents spip_documents_left' style='float:left;'> <dt><a href='http://www.mkforce.com/com/<?php include_once("./" . _DIR_RACINE . "plugins/auto/anaclic/v0.3.4/balise/url_doc_compteur.php"); if ($lang_select = "en") $lang_select = lang_select($lang_select); inserer_balise_dynamique(balise_URL_DOC_COMPTEUR_dyn('19751'), array('squelettes/modeles/doc.html', 'html_87efe7e497e638de1e2b1f61702636f9', '_img', 0, 'en')); if ($lang_select) lang_select(); ?>' title='PNG - 3 kb' type="image/png"><img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-vignettes/L296xH201/image_eu-f006a-29ff0.png?1604588644' width='296' height='201' alt='PNG - 3 kb' /></a></dt> </dl> <p>The PROACTIVE (PReparedness against CBRNE threats through cOmmon Approaches between security praCTItioners and the VulnerablE civil society) project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 832981.</p> <p>PROACTIVE can be followed on Twitter (@PROACTIVE_EU) as well as on LinkedIn (<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/</a>) and the project website <a href="https://proactive-h2020.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://proactive-h2020.eu/</a>.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Grigore Havarneanu (PROACTIVE Project Coordinator) or Laura Petersen (Senior Security Research Advisor) <a href="mailto:havarneanu@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>havarneanu@www.mkforce.com</a> ; <a href="mailto:petersen@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>petersen@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> EU Funded Project PROACTIVE's Mid-term Conference held online on 28 October http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/eu-funded-project-proactive-s-mid-term-conference-held-online-on-28-october?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/eu-funded-project-proactive-s-mid-term-conference-held-online-on-28-october?page=news 2020-11-05T13:12:03Z text/html en Research Security Fundamental Values Reporting Horizon 2020 EU funded project PROACTIVE <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>More than 100 participants from around the world including practitioners, civil society organisations, railway stakeholders and EU Policy Officers attended the online Mid-term conference organised by UIC on 28 October 2020 to discuss the results so far of the EU-funded project PROACTIVE (PReparedness against CBRNE threats through cOmmon Approaches between security praCTItioners and the VuleranblE civil society). <br class='autobr' /> The conference began with an introduction from European Commission DG HOME's (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/fundamental-values" rel="tag">Fundamental Values</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/horizon-2020" rel="tag">Horizon 2020</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/proactive-project" rel="tag">PROACTIVE </a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/7d/a5a98391f519af67274c4020159178.png?1604582017' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>More than 100 participants from around the world including practitioners, civil society organisations, railway stakeholders and EU Policy Officers attended the online Mid-term conference organised by UIC on 28 October 2020 to discuss the results so far of the EU-funded project PROACTIVE (PReparedness against CBRNE threats through cOmmon Approaches between security praCTItioners and the VuleranblE civil society).</p> <p>The conference began with an introduction from European Commission DG HOME's Philippe Quevauviller about the Community of Users on Secure, Safe and Resilient Societies, including a special focus on CBRNe (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and explosives) threats. Regarding the future of the Community of Users 2.0, Mr Quevauviller said that “PROACTIVE is at the heart of this moving dynamic.” He confirmed the importance to the European Commission to involve civil society in research, which is the core of the PROACTIVE project.</p> <p>This was followed by Jerzy Wisniewski from UIC, who shared opening words on behalf of François DAVENNE, UIC Director General, ”CBRN incidents can have a high impact on society and railways. CBRN agents can easily spread on railway premises and rolling stock because of the closed spaces and ventilation systems, possibly contaminating a large number of people present at stations and onboard passenger trains. Freight operators are also concerned when transporting dangerous goods such as chemicals. In addition, crisis response to a CBRN incident requires good partnership between railway companies and public authorities. UIC's vision is that EU-funded research can help railway stakeholders be better prepared for the future.”</p> <p>The Mid-term conference then continued with an overview of the PROACTIVE project by Grigore Havarneanu, the project coordinator on behalf of UIC who underlined PROACTIVE's unique added value compared to past and ongoing research projects in the CBRN area.</p> <p>This was followed by an in-depth look at the work carried out up till now provided by the Work Package Leaders. We shared the results from the systematic literature reviews, which went beyond the current State of the Art when it comes to CBRNe preparedness & response & the human factor. This has allowed us to create 18 recommendations for practitioners when dealing with a CBRNe incident, which were shared with the participants.</p> <p>We then discussed our on-going civil society engagement, with already 30 Civil Society Organisations having joined our Civil Society Advisory Board and over 70 as part of our Practitioner Stakeholder Advisory Board. Our multimethod study using both interviews and a questionnaire was presented and showed that CBRNe Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) rarely take into consideration vulnerable groups' needs and PROACTIVE is working to improve this.</p> <p>We then explained how all our project results are being funneled into two toolkits: one for practitioners and policy makers, and one for civil society. Both toolkits will share the same architecture and are being co-designed with end users from both our advisory boards as part of an iterative process. We will be testing all this during 3 field exercises, which were presented as going to happen each in a different country and each with actual citizen volunteers, including representatives of vulnerable groups. The first exercise, which will take place in April 2021, is confirmed to take place in a rail environment. Discussions are still on-going for the subsequent exercises, but it is hoped that they will also involve a railway-relatedscenarios.</p> <p>As we are on the forefront of having citizens included in research, we take ethics very seriously, especially data protection, privacy and informed consent therefore a dedicated presentation explained our ethical policies.</p> <p>The second session of the Mid-term conference addressed how results in CBRNe projects could be transferable to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. The session opened by Laura Petersen with a focus on the PROACTIVE project, which had previously organized a webinar dedicated to this topic back in April 2020. The main takeaways from that webinar were that Law Enforcement Agencies were active in enforcing Covid-19 measures, transferring people across borders and being a pillar for the community. Civil Society Organisations helped create new SOPs (e.g. for persons with Autism being tested), held campaigns to incite governments to make Covid-19 related communications inclusive (e.g. sign language, text-to-speech accessible websites), and were putting a lot of effort into ensuring access to education for all children during the lockdowns. Going forward, while PROACTIVE is especially focused on the fight against crime and terrorism, many results will also be applicable for other types of CBRNe incidents such as pandemics or industrial accidents. It is also envisaged to include news and information about the Covid-19 pandemic directly in the PROACTIVE mobile applications.</p> <p>Next Nicola Simone from H2020 EU funded project eNOTICE and University of Rome Tor Vergata shared with us the results of a study on misinformation that he carried out with Italian Facebook users about the infodemic that took place during Covid-19. <br class='autobr' /> The main take away from the study is that people wish to stay informed.</p> <p>The session ended with an intervention from the H2020 project NO-FEAR and how they've adapted their project to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. They quickly adapted their programme of webinars to focus on Covid-19 response. Itamar Laist from MDA shared about the new roles and responsibilities they've had to take on in response to the pandemic and how the webinars have helped their organisations. Next, Rachele Brancaleoni from UCSC shared the results from their recent webinar focusing on nursing homes and Covid-19.</p> <p>The Mid-term conference was concluded with words of thanks to the participants from the project coordinator. He reminded participants that all public deliverables are available for download on our website <a href="https://proactive-h2020.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://proactive-h2020.eu/</a>, invited those who are not already part of our advisory boards to feel free to join us, and to save-the-date for our next event: our first field exercise will take place on April 28th 2021 in Rieti, Italy.</p> <p>PROACTIVE has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 832981.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Grigore Havarneanu (PROACTIVE Project Coordinator) or Laura Petersen (Senior Security Research Advisor) <br class='autobr' /> <a href="mailto:havarneanu@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>havarneanu@www.mkforce.com</a> ; <a href="mailto:petersen@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>petersen@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> European SHERPA project: final conference held online on 15 October http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/european-sherpa-project-final-conference-held-online-on-15-october?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/european-sherpa-project-final-conference-held-online-on-15-october?page=news 2020-10-20T09:04:47Z text/html en Research Security Fundamental Values Reporting EU funded project SHERPA <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>More than 90 participants from 21 countries across the world attended this online conference organised by UIC on 15 October to discuss the findings and main outputs of SHERPA (Shared and coherent European Railway Protection Approach). <br class='autobr' /> The two-year European Union SHERPA project, coordinated by UIC, began on 1 November 2018. The main objective was to improve the overall security level at railway stations and in trains (understood as public spaces and soft targets) in terms of protection (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/fundamental-values" rel="tag">Fundamental Values</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/sherpa" rel="tag">SHERPA</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/a0/722a3dc93a45107f82037f94c8ddd8.jpg?1603185253' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>More than 90 participants from 21 countries across the world attended this online conference organised by UIC on 15 October to discuss the findings and main outputs of SHERPA (Shared and coherent European Railway Protection Approach).</p> <p>The two-year European Union SHERPA project, coordinated by UIC, began on 1 November 2018. The main objective was to improve the overall security level at railway stations and in trains (understood as public spaces and soft targets) in terms of protection against terrorism across Europe.</p> <p>SHERPA received funding from the European Union's Internal Security Fund Police under grant agreement no. 915347.</p> <p>Because stations and trains are easily accessible, it is difficult to effectively protect them, and checking people in main stations with high passenger or user flows remains complicated. The challenge in the context of the SHERPA project, then, was to improve the overall level of protection against terrorist attack in trains and stations in Europe, bearing in mind that it is also essential that rail transport remains open, attractive and easily accessible to the greatest extent possible.</p> <p>After two years of intensive work, the SHERPA project is coming to an end. The partners - DB AG, FS, PKP, SNCB and SNCF, coordinated by UIC - presented their results at the online conference.</p> <p>In his opening speech, Mr François Davenne, UIC Director General, expressed his thanks to the five railway companies involved in the project. He said, “They are key players in the railway sector and also very active members of UIC. The results achieved are particularly interesting and effective for the other UIC members but also for authorities to better understand railway constraints”. Mr Davenne also thanked the EU Commission, and especially DG Home, which funded the project and without which the project could not have happened.</p> <p>Following Mr Davenne's address, Mr Marc Léoutre, Policy Officer at DG Home, welcomed the participants and thanked the consortium. He said, “SHERPA is an ambitious and well-prepared project which achieved its objectives. It provides very clear added value by contributing to the protection of EU citizens in trains and stations, which is our key priority at DG Home”.</p> <p>Mr Léoutre then gave an update on the EU Security Union Strategy, particulary priority areas for the period 2020 to 2025, focusing on where the EU can offer added value to support member states in fostering security for all those living in Europe. From combatting terrorism and organised crime, preventing and detecting hybrid threats, and increasing the resilience of our critical infrastructure, to promoting cybersecurity and fostering research and innovation, the strategy lays out the tools and measures to be developed over the next five years to ensure security in our physical and digital environment.</p> <p>Following an overview of the project provided by Ms Marie-Hélène Bonneau, coordinator of the project on behalf of UIC, the project results and achievements were presented by the partners.</p> <p>Ms Delphine Beatse of SNCB (Belgium) presented the results of WP2 on terrorist risk assessment and management. The SHERPA database on security attacks against rail transport shows that the number of attacks is increasing; this last decade has seen the highest number of attacks targeting rail in Europe. Lessons learned from past attacks were also presented. Moreover, the consortium has defined a list of criteria for a coherent approach to risk assessment and management, meant as suggestions for railway companies and to complement the existing internal risk assessment and management methodology.</p> <p>This was followed by the results of WP3 on the analysis of emerging threats, presented by Mr Vincent Roque of SNCF (France). The main challenge for railways is that the identification of emerging threats is a task for national authorities, national intelligence services and national security services. Thus, the role of railway security organisations is limited to cooperating with and supporting these stakeholders by granting security agencies access to information such as video footage and data. The consortium has documented expectations and needs, particularly in relation to the need for more coherent measures and procedures at Schengen border points, more international exercises with police, and innovative solutions.</p> <p>WP4 on the assessment of security solutions was presented by Mr Dominik Kogut of PKP (Poland) and Ms Marita-Anne Grosser of DB (Germany). Some 30 security solutions have been analysed and assessed by the members of the consortium. Many challenges have been identified, among them compliance of solutions with legal requirements (particularly data protection regulations), a lack of standardisation in respect of technical solutions for the rail sector, mitigation of false alarms, insufficient network coverage for data transmission in real time, secure transmission solutions, user-friendly systems for both staff and passengers, and financial aspects. Finally, use of security technology is helpful, but does not replace the presence of local security personnel.</p> <p>The final work package focused on practical tools delivered by the project and was led by FS (Italy). Ms Maria-Cristina Fiorentino of FS described the three-day international training programme on security for operational staff, designed and delivered as part of the SHERPA project. Around 60 participants from 11 countries attended the three online sessions, which brought together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and offered them the opportunity to exchange best practice and experience as well as raise awareness among participants of many aspects of rail security.</p> <p>Two other practical tools have also been developed within this work package: one on guidance for managing insider threat related to terrorism, and the other on digital media for raising awareness.</p> <p>The UIC Rail Security Hub, which has been comprehensively updated with the SHERPA results, was presented live by Ms Julika Ramlow and Ms Magdalena Kujacińska from the UIC Security division. This online tool enables rail security experts and policymakers to select and implement the most appropriate strategies and measures to improve security in Europe with a common approach.</p> <p>To broaden the scope of the conference, a first presentation was given by Mr Grigore Havarneanu of UIC on the PROACTIVE project, another ongoing EU project within the UIC Security division on CBRNe threat, which was also identified as an emerging threat within the SHERPA project. The PROACTIVE project aims to enhance preparedness against and response to CBRNe incidents through better harmonisation of procedures between various categories of practitioners and better articulation of the needs of vulnerable citizen groups. Mr Havarneanu invited the participants to the mid-term conference, which will be held online on 28 October.</p> <p>This was followed by an inspiring presentation by Mr Robert Melan of TSA (US Transport Security Administration) on the activities of TSA surface operations with regard to conducting security system assessments, reviewing and prioritising surface transportation security grant funding, ensuring operator coordination, cooperation, and compliance with regulations and voluntary standards, training workforces, intelligence and information sharing and technology.</p> <p>Closing the conference, Marie-Hélène Bonneau thanked the partners for their excellent cooperation over the past two years, the external experts who contributed to the work through the various workshops and training sessions, and the conference attendees for their active participation. She stressed that although the project has been completed, the work will continue. Security is a key issue for the rail sector, and the UIC Security division will continue to maintain and update the Security Hub with relevant study results, best practices, lessons learned from within the existing cooperation structures such as the UIC Security Platform, Colpofer, RAILPOL, EU Railsec Platform and DG Home on protection of public spaces.</p> <p>Beyond the results, the SHERPA project provided a good opportunity to strengthen cooperation between the railways and highlight the coherence needed between national policies defined by public authorities in charge of security of people and goods.</p> <p>Mr Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of UIC's Fundamental Values department, thanked the consortium for its excellent work, the participants for their participation, and DG Home for funding the project.</p> <p>Website: <a href="https://sherpa-rail-project.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://sherpa-rail-project.eu/</a></p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further informationn, please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, UIC Head of Security Division <a href="mailto:bonneau@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>bonneau@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> Public consultation on the Rail Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/public-consultation-on-the-rail-strategic-research-and-innovation-agenda-sria?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/public-consultation-on-the-rail-strategic-research-and-innovation-agenda-sria?page=news 2020-10-20T08:52:09Z text/html en Research ERRAC Innovation Shift2Rail Promoting Social Media <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>ERRAC has just produced a draft Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) for the rail sector. The draft is available here <br class='autobr' /> The document describes the sector's ambitions for the future technically-enabled railway and its research and innovation needs, and is to be submitted to the European Commission as part of the process to put in place a successor to the existing Shift2Rail research programme. <br class='autobr' /> You are invited to review the draft and send any comments or proposed amendments to the (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/errac" rel="tag">ERRAC</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/innovation-253" rel="tag">Innovation</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/shift2rail" rel="tag">Shift2Rail</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/events" rel="tag">Promoting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/social-media" rel="tag">Social Media</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/bd/c83824b025dfaba73e067936f8bd3e.png?1603184010' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>ERRAC has just produced a draft Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) for the rail sector. The draft is available <a href="https://errac.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/20201005_RAIL-Strategic-Research-and-Innovation-Agenda_Draft_V10.pdf" class='spip_out' rel='external'>here</a></p> <p>The document describes the sector's ambitions for the future technically-enabled railway and its research and innovation needs, and is to be submitted to the European Commission as part of the process to put in place a successor to the existing Shift2Rail research programme.</p> <p>You are invited to review the draft and send any comments or proposed amendments to the ERRAC Secretariat (<a href="mailto:brennan@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>brennan@www.mkforce.com</a> and <a href="mailto:nicolas.furio@unife.org" class='spip_mail'>nicolas.furio@unife.org</a>) by <strong>30 October</strong>.</p> <p>The document is being distributed widely for publication consultation to all ERRAC stakeholders and to members of the railway associations and is being disseminated via social media.</p> <p>ERRAC website: <a href="https://errac.org/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://errac.org/</a></p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For more information, please contact Martin Brennan <a href="mailto: brennan@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>brennan@www.mkforce.com</a> and Nicolas Furio <a href='http://www.mkforce.com/com/mailto :nicolas.furio@unife.org'>nicolas.furio@unife.org</a></p></div> Train-Track Interaction (TTI) Sector board meeting held on 7 October http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/train-track-interaction-tti-sector-board-meeting-held-on-7-october?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/train-track-interaction-tti-sector-board-meeting-held-on-7-october?page=news 2020-10-12T08:02:15Z text/html en Infrastructure Research Rail System Track & Structures Train-Track interaction Reporting Interoperability <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>The Train-Track Interaction Sector represents the intersection of rolling stock and infrastructure. Its main purpose is to study the interaction and interfaces between the various technical subsystems by means of a systemic and holistic approach. Its activities are aimed at optimising the operational, economic and environmental efficiency of the railway system, ensuring its safety and improving interoperability. The TTI Sector is currently chaired by Pierre-Etienne Gautier, Director of BIM (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/infrastructure" rel="tag">Infrastructure</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/rail-system" rel="tag">Rail System</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/track-structures" rel="tag">Track & Structures</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/train-track-interaction-255" rel="tag">Train-Track interaction</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/interoperability-484" rel="tag">Interoperability</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/2d/bf9aeb5015738ca39fb690d3c2a792.png?1602754270' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The Train-Track Interaction Sector represents the intersection of rolling stock and infrastructure. Its main purpose is to study the interaction and interfaces between the various technical subsystems by means of a systemic and holistic approach. Its activities are aimed at optimising the operational, economic and environmental efficiency of the railway system, ensuring its safety and improving interoperability. The TTI Sector is currently chaired by Pierre-Etienne Gautier, Director of BIM and Digital Twin/Continuity at SNCF Réseau.</p> <p>A TTI Sector board meeting took place on 7 October via web conference, with participants from ADIF, DB, Network Rail, RFI, RSSB, SNCF and Trafikverket in attendance.</p> <p>The first session was opened by the TTI Chairman and was devoted to topics such as the approval of the TTI strategy document and the work programme for the next three years, as well as the sector's subgroups and activities, and preliminary results for 2021 opt-in projects.</p> <p>The strategy document was approved unanimously. This document sets out not only the work programme, but also guidance for further exchanges, research, standardisation, and cooperation between the TTI and other sectors and departments, the aim being to enhance transparency between UIC and its members.</p> <p>The plan for migration of UIC leaflets to IRSs for the TTI Sector for the next few years was also ratified. The new IRS 50505-1 (formerly UIC Leaflet 505-1): Railway transport stock - Rolling stock construction gauge, which will include a specific application part for OSJD, is expected to be published in 2020.</p> <p>Participants also learned of the latest publications from the TTI Subgroup for Aerodynamics and Acoustics: a White Paper on Aerodynamics published in 2019, and a White Paper on Acoustics published this year. Both documents reflect on the current status and key issues, and provide information on proposals for technical projects to conduct research and devise solutions for infrastructure managers (IMs) and railway undertakings (RUs).</p> <p>It is important to highlight the ongoing collaboration and exchange between the TTI Subgroup for Aerodynamics and Acoustics and the Network Noise and Vibration within UIC's Fundamental Values department.</p> <p>Within the Pantograph-Catenary SG, the decision was made to focus more on innovative methods and solutions for monitoring the interaction between the pantograph and overhead lines, which can result in early fault detection.</p> <p>UIC's advisors provided information on the preliminary results for the 2021 opt-in projects within this sector: DYNMEASURE, which focuses on dynamic railway measurement systems at the trackside and on board, and G-CODE, which aims to propose a new, harmonised methodology for calculation of the clearance gauge.</p> <p>The second part of the meeting was entirely devoted to the five projects currently underway. The respective coordinators and technical leaders presented the current situation in relation to each project:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Y/Q project to assess the effect of train running instabilities on track (presented by Yann Bezin of the University at Huddersfield),</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> HARMO-TRACK project, which aims to harmonise data formats and thresholds for track geometry and dynamic measurements (presented by Danilo Sorrentino of SNCF),</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> SAFIRST project for sidewind assessment for infrastructure and rolling stock (presented by Terence Johnson of RSSB),</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> CROSS-T: a project aimed at ensuring safe train operations when crossing in mixed traffic lines (presented by David Mirayo of UIC RSD),</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> AERONOISE project, which focuses on developing an improved noise emission measurement method for high-speed trains (presented by Mercedes Gutiérrez of UIC RSD).</li></ul> <p>The meeting was closed by the Chairman, Pierre-Etienne Gautier, who thanked the participants for an interesting and efficient meeting.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Infrastructure and TTI Senior Advisors Mercedes Gutiérrez: <a href="mailto:gutierrez@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>gutierrez@www.mkforce.com</a> or David Mirayo: <a href="mailto:mirayo@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>mirayo@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> The PROACTIVE EU project held its first public civil society workshop on 1 October 2020 http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/the-proactive-eu-project-held-its-first-public-civil-society-workshop-on-1?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/the-proactive-eu-project-held-its-first-public-civil-society-workshop-on-1?page=news 2020-10-07T09:00:30Z text/html en Research Security Europe Fundamental Values Reporting PROACTIVE <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>The EU-funded H2020 PROACTIVE project, led by the UIC Security Division, held its first workshop with members of the public last week. This workshop had been planned for June in Malmö, Sweden at the kind invitation of the European CBRNE Center at Umeå University, but in light of the global COVID-19 context, it was postponed and subsequently adapted to be an online meeting. <br class='autobr' /> Participants included PROACTIVE consortium members, members of the project Civil Society Advisory Board (CSAB), and (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/europe" rel="tag">Europe</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/fundamental-values" rel="tag">Fundamental Values</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/proactive-project" rel="tag">PROACTIVE </a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/4a/fe962351e6c9a60d60b0a1642db399.jpg?1602754270' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The EU-funded H2020 PROACTIVE project, led by the UIC Security Division, held its first workshop with members of the public last week. This workshop had been planned for June in Malmö, Sweden at the kind invitation of the European CBRNE Center at Umeå University, but in light of the global COVID-19 context, it was postponed and subsequently adapted to be an online meeting.</p> <p>Participants included PROACTIVE consortium members, members of the project Civil Society Advisory Board (CSAB), and relevant eNOTICE partners based on the cooperation agreement with PROACTIVE. About 40 participants from 14 different countries attended the online event, representing Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The attendees covered the main categories of the PROACTIVE CSAB and included representatives of key vulnerable groups: deaf, blind, mental and physical disabilities, senior citizens, and research groups.</p> <p>To facilitate the participation of all attendees, the content of the workshop was made as accessible and inclusive as possible through the use of live captioning (i.e. written subtitles) and one sign language interpreter. In addition, the speakers were especially careful to describe any images displayed on the PowerPoint slides.</p> <p>Members of the public who were unfamiliar with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNe) threats had the chance to learn about these, thanks to a short public information video developed by PROACTIVE.</p> <p>The attendees then reviewed and gave feedback on a draft field exercise scenario – a chemical attack at a railway station – and analysed how PROACTIVE outputs could meet the diverse needs of all groups within society, in an inclusive way.</p> <p>The workshop discussed public perceptions of, and responses to, CBRNe threats, as well as the current policy for mitigating and managing such incidents from the perspective of civil society, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups. A key discussion point concerned the results from the PROACTIVE literature reviews and the 37 recommendations for practitioners when dealing with the public during a CBRNe incident, highlighting that first responders need to use multiple communication methods (e.g. written, sign language, pictures, pictograms, etc.) to reach all members of society.</p> <p>Towards the end of the workshop, PROACTIVE partners explained the further involvement of CSAB members in three upcoming PROACTIVE activities: a questionnaire for Civil Society Organisations on CBRNe preparedness and response; the PROACTIVE mobile app for citizens; and finally, the involvement of citizens in the three field exercises that PROACTIVE will be organising jointly with the eNOTICE project.</p> <p>The PROACTIVE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 832981.</p> <p>PROACTIVE can be followed on Twitter (@PROACTIVE_EU), on LinkedIn (<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/</a>) and on the project website (<a href="https://proactive-h2020.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://proactive-h2020.eu/</a>).</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Grigore Havarneanu (PROACTIVE Project Coordinator) or Laura Petersen (Senior Security Research Advisor): <a href="mailto:havarneanu@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>havarneanu@www.mkforce.com</a>; <a href="mailto:petersen@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>petersen@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> EU SHERPA project: third international training session on terrorism threats and awareness held online on 30 September http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/eu-sherpa-project-third-international-training-session-on-terrorism-threats-and?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/eu-sherpa-project-third-international-training-session-on-terrorism-threats-and?page=news 2020-10-02T09:55:15Z text/html en Research Security Training EU funded project SHERPA <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>Note: The SHERPA project has received funding from the European Union's Internal Security Fund - Police under grant agreement no. 815347. Coordinated by UIC, the project began on 1 November 2018 and will run for 24 months. Its objective is to improve the overall protection level for stations and trains in Europe against terrorist attacks by implementing multiple synergistic actions aimed toward the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA Consortium is composed of six partners: UIC, DB AG, FS SpA, (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/training" rel="tag">Training</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/sherpa" rel="tag">SHERPA</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/32/2c4b5b230ab116bb45a634d8df6ac7.jpg?1602754270' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p><i>Note: The SHERPA project has received funding from the European Union's Internal Security Fund - Police under grant agreement no. 815347. Coordinated by UIC, the project began on 1 November 2018 and will run for 24 months. Its objective is to improve the overall protection level for stations and trains in Europe against terrorist attacks by implementing multiple synergistic actions aimed toward the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA Consortium is composed of six partners: UIC, DB AG, FS SpA, PKP S.A., SNCB, and SNCF.</i></p> <p>Following two sessions dedicated to transport sector threat analysis and crisis management and business continuity, a third SHERPA training session was held on 30 September and focused on <i>Terrorism threats and awareness</i>.</p> <p>The first presentation of the day was given by PRORAIL (Dutch infrastructure manager), the chair of the COLPOFER Working Group on Antiterrorism and Extremist Activities. Public transport, especially trains and stations, are frequent targets for terrorists, and PRORAIL has therefore developed various awareness programmes for staff. One of its programmes is for all staff, and focuses not only on terrorism but also suicide and pickpocketing or other petty crime, the aim being to increase awareness and learn how to behave in the event of such events. Another, more in-depth programme has been designed for security staff. These programmes combine both theory and practical exercises.</p> <p>FS and SNCF later provided an overview of cybersecurity in the rail sector. Numerous actions are taken at FS to raise staff awareness on the basic rules to be applied. For example, short video tutorials are presented to explain how to use mobile devices securely. Cybersecurity is also a priority for SNCF. The human factor is very often the weakest link; staff awareness and appropriate processes are therefore essential. A short video demonstrated social engineering in a very realistic way.</p> <p>The session ended with a presentation given by the British Transport Police (BTP) on operational deployment of behavioural assessment. After the 7/7 London bombings, BTP developed a programme to raise awareness of crime and terrorism, which is under constant review. BTP works closely with rail staff, providing security awareness training, regular briefings and security advice.</p> <p>This session demonstrated that raising awareness is a key element of a security strategy. It can be helpful and can make the difference in preventing all kind of threats, from petty crime such as pickpocketing to major attacks that may be physical or virtual. Although the police play a key role in this respect, awareness is crucial and both staff and the general public need to know how to behave. This must be part of everyone's culture.</p> <p>This third session was the final SHERPA international training session organised by FS together with the other SHERPA partners. Each session was attended by around 45 participants and was very fruitful thanks to contributions from high-level speakers and the many questions raised by the participants.</p> <p>The next key SHERPA event will be the final conference, to be held online on 15 October from 10 am to 4 pm.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information on the SHERPA project, please visit the website: <a href="https://sherpa-rail-project.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://sherpa-rail-project.eu/</a></p> <p>Alternatively, please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, <a href="mailto: bonneau@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>bonneau@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> EU SHERPA project: second session of the international training on crisis management and business continuity held online on 23 September 2020 http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/eu-sherpa-project-second-international-security-training-session-for?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/eu-sherpa-project-second-international-security-training-session-for?page=news 2020-10-01T12:16:48Z text/html en Research Security Training Fundamental Values EU funded project SHERPA <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>Note: The SHERPA project has received funding from the European Union's Internal Security Fund - Police under grant agreement no. 815347. Coordinated by UIC, the project began on 1 November 2018 and will run for 24 months. Its objective is to improve the overall protection level for stations and trains in Europe against terrorist attacks by implementing multiple synergistic actions aimed toward the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA Consortium is composed of six partners: UIC, DB AG, FS SpA, (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/training" rel="tag">Training</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/fundamental-values" rel="tag">Fundamental Values</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/sherpa" rel="tag">SHERPA</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/0c/d5fd82a5d5f1292e72a5c6f5fbe7cb.jpg?1602754271' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p><i>Note: The SHERPA project has received funding from the European Union's Internal Security Fund - Police under grant agreement no. 815347. Coordinated by UIC, the project began on 1 November 2018 and will run for 24 months. Its objective is to improve the overall protection level for stations and trains in Europe against terrorist attacks by implementing multiple synergistic actions aimed toward the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA Consortium is composed of six partners: UIC, DB AG, FS SpA, PKP S.A., SNCB, and SNCF.</i></p> <p>Following a first session on transport sector threat analysis on 16 September, the second SHERPA training session was held on 23 September and focused on crisis management and business continuity.</p> <p>The first presentation of the day was given by the Italian civil protection authority, focusing on disaster and emergency planning. In Italy, the national civil protection authority is responsible for the prediction, prevention and management of emergency events such as earthquakes, volcanoes, etc. Various services are provided to the population in the event of an emergency, such as rescue, evacuation, recovery assistance (hosting people in camps), and restoration of order (in schools, for example). Preparation and cooperation with all stakeholders, including operators, is crucial and it is essential that the role of each stakeholder is clearly defined.</p> <p>The second presentation was given by the Security Operations Centre (SOC) at the Belgian Railways (SNCB). The SOC's role is to manage all security operations and interventions at national level. It serves as a single point of contact for emergency services and police. The SOC has recently been fully redesigned on a basis of a comprehensive ergonomic study.</p> <p>The session ended with a lecture on crisis management organisation for managing emergencies in the railway system, given by FS Italiane. Here, the focus was on cooperation with civil protection, highlighting cooperation agreements, training and exercises and sharing of emergency management activities.</p> <p>Key elements for crisis management were highlighted by the speakers during the very fruitful session. These included:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Ensuring a high level of preparedness: defining scenarios and performing exercises with the involvement of all stakeholders: first responders, civil protection, police, and operators such as the railways.</li><li> Developing strong networks and knowing who to call for each kind of crisis.</li><li> Taking advantage of technologies such as sensors and communication systems to enable a good overview of the situation and to help decision-makers.</li></ul> <p>The next session SHERPA international training session will be held on 30 September and will focus on terrorism threats and awareness.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information on the SHERPA project, please visit the website: <a href="https://sherpa-rail-project.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://sherpa-rail-project.eu/</a></p> <p>Alternatively, please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, <a href="mailto: bonneau@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>bonneau@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> Staying on the right track: EU-funded project TER4RAIL highlights essential role of rail for sustainable mobility http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/staying-on-the-right-track-eu-funded-project-ter4rail-highlights-essential-role?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/staying-on-the-right-track-eu-funded-project-ter4rail-highlights-essential-role?page=news 2020-09-29T13:11:34Z text/html en Research Sustainable development ERRAC Shift2Rail Promoting Mobility <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>When discussing public transport as the backbone of urban mobility, rail deserves an honorary mention. Considered by many to be the heart of public transit, rail has proven one of the most sustainable, comfortable and safe modes of transport available to us. Our railways enable economic development and create employment – they connect places and people. <br class='autobr' /> Partners of the EU-funded TER4RAIL project fully recognise the essential role rail plays in ensuring sustainable, connected and liveable (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/sustainable-development" rel="tag">Sustainable development</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/errac" rel="tag">ERRAC</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/shift2rail" rel="tag">Shift2Rail</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/events" rel="tag">Promoting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/mobility" rel="tag">Mobility</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/f4/0be8cf779205d72aaad639e6261b87.png?1602754271' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>When discussing public transport as the backbone of urban mobility, rail deserves an honorary mention. Considered by many to be the heart of public transit, rail has proven one of the most sustainable, comfortable and safe modes of transport available to us. <strong>Our railways enable economic development and create employment – they connect places and people.</strong></p> <p>Partners of the EU-funded TER4RAIL project fully recognise the essential role rail plays in ensuring sustainable, connected and liveable cities.</p> <p>Funded under the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, TER4RAIL seeks to reinforce co-operation between rail-related stakeholders to improve the efficiency of research in the rail sector, in order to facilitate emerging innovative ideas and the cross-fertilisation of knowledge from other disciplines. TER4RAIL is coordinated by EURNEX and consists of seven partners from five EU countries.</p> <p>To further support its aim, consortium partners of the TER4RAIL project also form the central stakeholders of <a href="https://errac.org/" class='spip_out' rel='external'>ERRAC</a>, <strong>the European Rail Research Advisory Council</strong>. ERRAC's primary objective is to deliver the common railway sector vision of research and innovation to EU institutions and important stakeholders, to help shape a favourable funding landscape for railway research and innovation.<br class='autobr' /> The TER4RAIL project partners recently published a new report entitled “<strong>European Rail success stories</strong>”.</p> <p>The report includes ‘real world' examples showing efficient and effective implementation of rail services in Europe, <strong>providing a great demonstration of the positive potential rail can have in shaping the future of the transport system</strong>, be it public transport, mainline or freight.</p> <p>The report takes the cities of <strong>Vienna</strong> and <strong>Nantes</strong> as examples of successful urban rail development in Europe. Vienna exemplifies <strong>harmonic co-operation between metro and LRT transport</strong>, while Nantes is the <strong>first French area that has managed to reduce its market share of cars</strong> thanks to a consistent and co-ordinated policy of continuously developing and encouraging the use of the LRT network since the tram was re-introduced in 1985.</p> <p>Other success stories include the <strong>Madrid – Barcelona HSR line, the ‘Marathon Train' between Lyon and Nimes</strong>, and the <strong>TIGER (Transit via Innovative Gateway) Dry Port</strong>, which is the maritime industrial distribution system of choice for major European sea ports. <strong>You can read the full report </strong> <a href="https://ter4rail.eu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TER4RAIL-D3.2-Case-Studies-Report_Short-Version.pdf" class='spip_out' rel='external'>here</a>.</p> <p>Recognising research as an essential pillar for improving the urban rail market, we are currently following the developments of the new <strong>Partnership for rail research</strong>, which advocates the needs of urban rail operators. We have actively contributed to the development of “<strong>Transforming Europe's Rail System</strong>”, a document which has been provided as input to the European Commission for the preparation of the Partnership.</p> <p>Under the coordination of Shift2Rail and together with UNIFE (European Rail Industry), CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies), EIM (European Rail Infrastructure Managers), EURNEX (EUropean rail Research Network of Excellence) and ERRAC, the Partnership <strong>aims to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative technologies and deliver on European Green Deal objectives</strong> by improving the competitiveness of rail and supporting European technological leadership in rail. You can read the proposal <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/research_and_innovation/funding/documents/ec_rtd_he-partnerships-transforming-europes-rail-system.pdf" class='spip_out' rel='external'>here</a>.</p> <p>This project has received funding from the Shift2Rail JU under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under Grant Agreement 826055.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Giuseppe Rizzi at <a href='http://www.mkforce.com/com/mailto giuseppe.rizzi@uitp.org'>giuseppe.rizzi@uitp.org</a> or Christine Hassoun at UIC <a href='http://www.mkforce.com/com/mailto hassoun@www.mkforce.com'>hassoun@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> EU SHERPA project: first session of the international training on transport sector threats analysis held online on 16 September 2020 http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/eu-sherpa-project-first-international-training-session-on-security-for?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/eu-sherpa-project-first-international-training-session-on-security-for?page=news 2020-09-23T14:40:32Z text/html en Research Security Training EU funded project SHERPA <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>Note: The SHERPA project has received funding from the European Union's Internal Security Fund - Police under grant agreement No. 815347. It is coordinated by UIC, began on 1st November 2018 and will last 24 months. It aims to improve the overall protection level for stations and trains in Europe against terrorist attacks by implementing multiple synergistic actions among the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA Consortium is composed of six partners: UIC, DB AG, FS SpA, PKP S.A., SNCB, and (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/training" rel="tag">Training</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/sherpa" rel="tag">SHERPA</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/6e/0dd3f480f3ef12f566c938e73b9633.jpg?1602754895' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p><i>Note: The SHERPA project has received funding from the European Union's Internal Security Fund - Police under grant agreement No. 815347. It is coordinated by UIC, began on 1st November 2018 and will last 24 months. It aims to improve the overall protection level for stations and trains in Europe against terrorist attacks by implementing multiple synergistic actions among the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA Consortium is composed of six partners: UIC, DB AG, FS SpA, PKP S.A., SNCB, and SNCF.</i></p> <p>Within the SHERPA EU project, one of the objectives is to deliver practical tools to develop a common approach for the protection of stations and trains in Europe. A three-day training course has therefore been designed by the consortium under the leadership of FS. The training was initially scheduled for the beginning of April in Rome in a face-to-face format, but due to the Covid-19 outbreak it was reorganised online with the following topics: Day 1 “Transport Sector Threats Analysis”, Day 2 “Crisis Management & Business Continuity” and Day 3 “Terrorism threats and awareness”.</p> <p>The first session was held on 16 September focusing on “Transport Sector Threats Analysis”. Around 40 security experts from European rail companies and transport authorities attended the session.</p> <p>The first lecture was given by the Police Prevention Central Directorate from the Italian Ministry of the Interior with an introduction on international terrorism and the trends in this global phenomenon, followed by an insight on suitable prevention and detection approaches to radicalisation and insider threats. Emphasis was placed on the importance of continuous cooperation with civil actors to better estimate the possible threats.</p> <p>Then the Railway Police from the Italian Ministry of the Interior gave an overview of the challenge of protecting the railway infrastructure. The main challenge is to provide security without compromising the openness of the rail system, free movement and mass transportation. It is, therefore, very important to share information with partners and to clearly define roles and responsibilities in the various procedures.</p> <p>This was followed by the presentation of the International Critical Infrastructure Protection Scenario by Belgian railways (SNCB) with a detailed description of the creation and application of the operators' security plan (OSP), which identifies critical infrastructure assets and establishes relevant security solutions for their protection. Again, cooperation with all partners is needed in order to achieve good results.</p> <p>The session ended with a lecture on “The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Threat” given by the Italian Ministry of Defence. It gave an insight into the CBRN threat and hazards, as well as lessons learnt from past attacks. Railways need to be prepared and to have basic skills for protection in case of an attack.</p> <p>The next session of this international training course will be held on 23 September 2020 focussing on Crisis Management & Business Continuity.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information on the SHERPA project, please consult the website: <a href="https://sherpa-rail-project.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://sherpa-rail-project.eu/</a></p> <p>Or contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, <a href='http://www.mkforce.com/com/mailto bonneau@www.mkforce.com'>bonneau@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> Project PROACTIVE to hold its first public civil society workshop http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/project-proactive-to-hold-its-first-public-civil-society-workshop?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/project-proactive-to-hold-its-first-public-civil-society-workshop?page=news 2020-09-15T14:42:24Z text/html en Research Security Europe Promoting EU funded project PROACTIVE <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>The EU-funded H2020 project PROACTIVE led by the UIC Security Division will soon hold its first workshop with the members of the public. The event will take place online, on 1 October 2020. <br class='autobr' /> The workshop will discuss public perceptions and responses to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNe) threats as well as the current policy for mitigation and management of such incidents from the perspective of the civil society with a particular focus on vulnerable groups. (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/europe" rel="tag">Europe</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/events" rel="tag">Promoting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/proactive-project" rel="tag">PROACTIVE </a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/3e/8724d0e9f0e862de3a4e23789cdaf8.png?1602754895' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The EU-funded H2020 project PROACTIVE led by the UIC Security Division will soon hold its first workshop with the members of the public. The event will take place online, on 1 October 2020.</p> <p>The workshop will discuss public perceptions and responses to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNe) threats as well as the current policy for mitigation and management of such incidents from the perspective of the civil society with a particular focus on vulnerable groups.<br class='autobr' /> The workshop will also analyse how PROACTIVE outputs can meet the needs of the whole range of groups within society, in an inclusive way.</p> <p>Expected participants include PROACTIVE consortium members, members of the project Civil Society Advisory Board, and relevant eNOTICE partners based on the cooperation agreement with PROACTIVE. Representatives of key vulnerable groups such as the blind and the deaf have already confirmed their interest to attend.</p> <p>For further details and online registration: <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/events/proactive-csab-workshop" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>http://www.mkforce.com/events/proactive-csab-workshop</a></p> <p>The PROACTIVE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 832981.</p> <p>PROACTIVE can be followed on Twitter (@PROACTIVE_EU) as well as on LinkedIn (<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/</a>) and the project website <a href="https://proactive-h2020.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://proactive-h2020.eu/</a>.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Grigore Havarneanu (PROACTIVE Project Coordinator) or Laura Petersen (Senior Security Research Advisor) <br class='autobr' /> <a href="mailto:havarneanu@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>havarneanu@www.mkforce.com</a>; <a href="mailto:petersen@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>petersen@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> The H2020 GSA funded project, SIA held its mid-term event remotely on 9 July 2020 http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/the-h2020-gsa-funded-project-sia-held-its-mid-term-event-remotely-on-9-july?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/article/the-h2020-gsa-funded-project-sia-held-its-mid-term-event-remotely-on-9-july?page=news 2020-07-21T12:13:01Z text/html en Research Innovation Reporting Horizon 2020 Maintenance <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr eNews - </a> <p>On 9 July, over 70 participants attended the SIA mid-term webinar; attendees included infrastructure managers, EU representatives, industry and academia from all over the world, including Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, Japan and the United Kingdom. <br class='autobr' /> The webinar was moderated by Madeleine McCreadie, Project Manager at Nottingham Scientific Limited (NSL) and partner of the project. As part of the event, Daniel Lopour, Project officer at the European GNSS Agency (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/innovation-253" rel="tag">Innovation</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/horizon-2020" rel="tag">Horizon 2020</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/maintenance-496" rel="tag">Maintenance</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/70/4c77464c5e5ae746f33848d736cd4b.png?1602754895' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>On 9 July, over 70 participants attended the SIA mid-term webinar; attendees included infrastructure managers, EU representatives, industry and academia from all over the world, including Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, Japan and the United Kingdom.</p> <p>The webinar was moderated by Madeleine McCreadie, Project Manager at Nottingham Scientific Limited (NSL) and partner of the project. As part of the event, Daniel Lopour, Project officer at the European GNSS Agency (GSA) presented the agency and how SIA fits into their work programme. Unai Alvarado, Project Coordinator of SIA from CEIT then gave an overview of the project. Following this, the various modules of the system developed were presented such as the positioning system including the benefits European GNSS provides, the wheel to rail interaction monitoring module, the pantograph to catenary interaction monitoring module and the SIA Visualisation Platform.</p> <p>Overall, the SIA project aims at developing four ready-to-use new services (iWheelMon, iRailMon, iPantMon and iCatMon) to provide prognostic information about the health status of the railway's most demanding assets in terms of maintenance costs (the wheel, rail, pantograph and catenary). The Visualisation Platform is paramount and will enable end-users to exploit the full capabilities of the SIA system. Thanks to this interface, SIA becomes a powerful GIS solution supported by well-established open source technologies.</p> <p>Event highlights:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Project overview (CEIT)</li><li> SIA system description (CEIT)</li><li> Positioning system and EGNSS benefits (NSL)</li><li> Wheel-Rail interaction (DLR)</li><li> Pantograph-Catenary interaction (CEIT)</li><li> SIA Visualisation Platform (Ingecontrol)</li><li> Q&A</li></ul> <p>Access to the recording of the webinar: <br class='autobr' /> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n854QMTTwDA&t=14s" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n854QMTTwDA&t=14s</a></p> <p>Access to all presentations delivered during this event: <a href="https://siaproject.eu/2020/07/15/the-h2020-gnss-funded-sia-project-held-its-mid-term-event-remotely-on-9-july-2020/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://siaproject.eu/2020/07/15/the-h2020-gnss-funded-sia-project-held-its-mid-term-event-remotely-on-9-july-2020/</a></p> <p>This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and from the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency under grant agreement #776402 (SIA).</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For more information, please contact Christine Hassoun at <a href="mailto:hassoun@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>hassoun@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> PROACTIVE EU project held its fourth consortium meeting online http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/698/article/proactive-eu-project-held-its-fourth-consortium-meeting-online?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/698/article/proactive-eu-project-held-its-fourth-consortium-meeting-online?page=news 2020-06-30T09:54:18Z text/html en Research Security Europe Reporting PROACTIVE Covid-19 <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/698/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 698 - </a> <p>The EU-funded H2020 project PROACTIVE led by the UIC Security Division held its fourth consortium progress meeting on 25 June 2020. The meeting was supposed to take place in Malmö, Sweden at the kind invitation of Umea University, but in light of the Covid-19 global context it was decided to hold the meeting online. <br class='autobr' /> As the project entered its second year of implementation, the 15 consortium partners discussed the technical developments of the project, exchanged on the ongoing tasks and (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/europe" rel="tag">Europe</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/proactive-project" rel="tag">PROACTIVE </a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/covid-19" rel="tag">Covid-19</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/ea/c99b6e966a66bdb5aaf39e48d4cd42.png?1602754895' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The EU-funded H2020 project PROACTIVE led by the UIC Security Division held its fourth consortium progress meeting on 25 June 2020. The meeting was supposed to take place in Malmö, Sweden at the kind invitation of Umea University, but in light of the Covid-19 global context it was decided to hold the meeting online.</p> <p>As the project entered its second year of implementation, the 15 consortium partners discussed the technical developments of the project, exchanged on the ongoing tasks and prepared the next project activities which were severely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.</p> <p>So far, the technical work packages have been progressing well with all planned results already delivered on time. One work package was successfully completed, and ten public deliverables are already available for download on the project website.</p> <p>However, the Covid-19 effects on the project workplan have now become visible, resulting in some foreseeable delay of planned events for the period to come. The project team is committed to cope with these challenges and adapt the project activities to this new context. The most notable changes concern the adaptation of the field exercise planning. The three field exercises co-organised with project eNotice are now planned on the following dates:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Multidisciplinary Field Exercise in Rieti, Italy, 26 – 30 April 2021</li><li> Multidisciplinary Field Exercise in Dortmund, Germany, September 2021</li><li> Multidisciplinary Field Exercise in Ranst, Belgium, 19 – 23 May 2022</li></ul> <p>At least one of the exercises will be based on a scenario of a terrorist attack using a chemical agent on the railway premises therefore leading to promising outcomes for railway security.</p> <p><i>The PROACTIVE consortium partners at the 4th Progress Meeting</i></p> <p>The next public PROACTIVE event is the project Mid-term Conference and workshop with Civil Society organisations which will be organised on 17 – 18 September 2020 in Brussels. More information about registration will be communicated during the summer period.</p> <p>The PROACTIVE project (PReparedness against CBRNE threats through cOmmon Approaches between security praCTItioners and the VulnerablE civil society) has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 832981.</p> <p>PROACTIVE can be followed on Twitter (@PROACTIVE_EU) as well as on LinkedIn (<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/</a>) and the project website <a href="https://proactive-h2020.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://proactive-h2020.eu/</a>.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Grigore Havarneanu (PROACTIVE Project Coordinator) or Laura Petersen (Senior Security Research Advisor) <br class='autobr' /> <a href="mailto:havarneanu@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>havarneanu@www.mkforce.com</a>; <a href="mailto:petersen@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>petersen@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> European project PROACTIVE: Webinar on Covid-19 response held on 30 April 2020 http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/690/article/webinar-proactive?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/690/article/webinar-proactive?page=news 2020-05-05T13:32:04Z text/html en Research Security Reporting Horizon 2020 EU funded project Webinar PROACTIVE <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/690/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 690 - </a> <p>The European research project PROACTIVE (PReparedness against CBRNE threats through cOmmon Approaches between security praCTItioners and the VulnerablE civil society) hosted a webinar dedicated to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis last week, on 30 April 2020. The event started at 14:00 and ended at 16:45 CET. The webinar aimed to share and discuss ongoing responses against Covid-19 via short presentations given by practitioners from the PROACTIVE network. <br class='autobr' /> 84 participants from 23 different (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/horizon-2020" rel="tag">Horizon 2020</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/webinar" rel="tag">Webinar</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/proactive-project" rel="tag">PROACTIVE </a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/f0/0c717f70c9ff93a6c7498da76a368e.png?1602754895' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The European research project PROACTIVE (PReparedness against CBRNE threats through cOmmon Approaches between security praCTItioners and the VulnerablE civil society) hosted a webinar dedicated to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis last week, on 30 April 2020. The event started at 14:00 and ended at 16:45 CET. The webinar aimed to share and discuss ongoing responses against Covid-19 via short presentations given by practitioners from the PROACTIVE network.</p> <p>84 participants from 23 different countries attended the online event (including 14 EU Member States): Afghanistan, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Montenegro, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, and Ukraine.</p> <p>From the 84 participants only 25 were consortium members. The rest of 59 attendees were members of the project Practitioners Stakeholder Advisory Board (PSAB) and Civil Society Advisory Board (CSAB), covering the project's main target groups: Law Enforcement Agencies (local and national LEAs), firefighters, medical responders, military, rail security experts, research/academia, and representatives of vulnerable groups such as persons with autism, with Alzheimer, and the blind or partially sighted.</p> <p>In total there were 23 speakers from: the PROACTIVE consortium, Practitioner Stakeholder Advisory Board (PSAB) members, Civil Society Advisory Board (CSAB) members, as well representatives from five other EU-funded projects.</p> <p>The webinar was opened by Grigore Havarneanu (UIC Senior Research Advisor and PROACTIVE Project Coordinator). He welcomed all participants on behalf of the consortium and gave a quick introduction about the project, which is now starting its second year. Then, he reminded the participants about the scope and structure of the webinar, which was organised in three parts, each composed of five-minute presentations and followed by a Q&A session.</p> <p><strong>Session 1 </strong> <br class='autobr' /> The first session focused on PROACTIVE Consortium Partners' Responses to Covid-19 and included eight presentations:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> An Garda Síochána – National Police Force Ireland (AGS) presented “A Policing Perspective from Ireland” and the key message was that the main goal of the police right now is to help the health service.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> State Police of Latvia (SPL) discussed the “Covid-19 in Latvia viewed by the Operational Command Bureau” and the key message was that they are putting in lots of effort to check up on Covid+ cases, including the implementation of WhatsApp communication.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) presented the role of SESU in combating Covid19 in Ukraine and abroad, including the transfer of patients across the border.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Forsvarets Forskningsinstitutt (FFI) presented FFI's role in Norway during the Covid-19 crisis from a military research and anthropological perspective. The FFI research establishment in collaboration with Norwegian technology companies provided ventilators for hospitals. They are also conducting research on equipment such as face masks and respirators and contribute to knowledge support and counselling in areas such as disinfection, sampling, analysis as well as design of technical prototypes.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Public Health England (PHE) illustrated the role of PHE in the fight against Covid-19, pointing out that the general public's response to crisis like Covid-19 and other CBRNe events is altruism, and people rarely “panic.”</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Laura Petersen (UIC) presented the UIC Covid-19 Task Force and Guidance for railway stakeholders. She explained that railways have demonstrated true resilience in responding to this crisis, and UIC has published two guidance documents to help them implement potential measures to combat Covid-19.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Rinisoft Ltd (RINI) explained how the PROACTIVE Web platform could be further adapted to Covid19 and similar crises though the modular and portable PRIME-IoT technology (Wireless patient monitoring system) which was presented for the first time.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Save the Children Italy (represented by Ms Flaminia Cordani, PROACTIVE CSAB member) gave an update from Italy illustrating current challenges of the educational process during lockdown: one issue that Save the Children has been focusing on is education access since many children in Italy do not have internet access and as such cannot follow online courses, which has been the norm in many countries since lockdown.</li></ul> <p><strong>Session 2</strong><br class='autobr' /> The second session focused on EU CBRNe projects' perspectives on Covid-19 illustrating PROACTIVE's synergies with several other projects working on the CBRNe security topic (three ongoing projects and two past projects). The session included five presentations:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Ms Eulalie Groosman presented the BULLSEYE project. BULLSEYE (A harmonised response to chemical and biological terrorism – ISFP) focuses on explosive detection dogs and the harmonisation of procedures related there to. Since the Covid-19 crisis, many project partners have been directly implicated in crisis response and as such they have postponed many of their workshops and training sessions, and instead are focusing on more administrative work.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Ms. Rachele Brancaleoni presented both the NO-FEAR project & the Covid-19 situation in the Gemelli hospital, Italy, where she works. The NO-FEAR project (Network Of practitioners For Emergency medicAl systems and cRitical care – H2020 CSA) brings together a network of emergency medical care practitioners, suppliers, decision and policy makers, and they have recently been hosting many webinars focused on the medical response to Covid-19. At her hospital, they have had to deal with two main vulnerable groups when it comes to potential Covid-19 cases: pregnant women and persons on dialysis, as the Gemelli hospital is renowned for caring for these types of patients. As with other patients, there are two paths: one for Covid+ patients and one for Covid- patients. A happy note was the birth of Noah on 26.03.2020 from a Covid+ mom, both of whom are doing well. Welcome, Noah!</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Mr Andrea D'Angelo presented the CBRN Protection of Critical infrastructure in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon project (EU CBRN Centers of Excellence Project 73), focusing on how their efforts in Lebanon have been impacted by Covid-19. The project has purchased materials, such as face shields, plexiglass walls, hand sanitizer, thermometers and masks and trained the responders on the ground to identify and take in charge suspected cases.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Ms Irina Marsh presented one of the outcomes from the EDEN project (End-user driven DEmo for cbrNE – FP7): A crisis communication handbook for CBRNE incident responders. The handbook aims to provide guidance on communication strategies when responding to a crisis involving CBRNE material and to support those responsible for disseminating information to the public, working in local and national crisis organisations. The guide also has a chapter dedicated to vulnerable groups.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Mr José Luis Pérez Díaz presented project COUNTERFOG (Device for large scale fog decontamination – FP7) and used a set of videos to show the innovative solution developed during the project. Counterfog is able to clean chemical, biological, radiological, smoke and dust pollution both from air and surfaces using an artificially created fog with virus-size disinfecting droplets. It can remove and disinfect air-borne biological agents both indoors and outdoors.</li></ul> <p><strong>Session 3</strong><br class='autobr' /> The second session focused on PROACTIVE Advisory Board Members Responses to Covid-19 and included nine presentations:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Mr Adolph Eid shared a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) he helped the Lebanese Red Cross First Responders establish for autistic individuals who underwent PCR tests. An example of the modified SOP was having the first responders wear transparent covers so that they do not look so foreign, and also to avoid the use of sirens in the ambulance.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Ms Katarina Bigovic from Union of the Blind of Montenegro talked about the importance of inclusive crisis communication and the work they undertook to make sure the Covid-19 websites of the Montenegrin government were compatible with text-to-speech applications, so that the information was accessible to the blind and partially sighted for example.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Mr Jose Javier Vilarin from Ertzaintza (Basque Police) described how the police have been contributing to the health sector, by accompanying medical staff in their home visits, performing disinfection, assisting in search and rescue, and last but not least supporting and helping citizens.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Ms Evangelia Petridou presented the Mid Sweden University's Response to the Pandemic, which included clear instructions on the web site in Swedish and in English as well as emails from department head, online teaching and meetings, travel moratorium (even between campuses), full support for faculty members and staff to work from home and a phased re-start of operations in the fall semester.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Mr Geert Burick gave a presentation on behalf of the Brussels Fire Department. He explained that their involvement was quite difficult at the beginning of the crisis. Social distancing has been implemented at the fire brigade and PPE is being used in the field. They have set up decontamination lines to assist in decontaminating ambulances. He also pointed out that since there are 34 different fire and rescue services in Belgium, there are 34 different ways of dealing with Covid-19.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Mr Josu García gave a presentation on behalf of the Police of Donostia-San Sebastián. He highlighted some the most relevant preventive measures taken at the LEA level: people traffic control, vehicle traffic and public transport control, provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for police officers, adaptation of crisis management rooms, adaptation for the command and coordination centre, restriction of access to the police station, cleaning and disinfection of the police station and vehicles, definition of work procedures for action with infected people, arrested, etc., support to other organisations.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Mr Chaim Rafalowski from MDA (Maguen David Adom) explained the main activities that MDA is undertaking: developing a joint call centre between MDA, Primary Health and Public Health to triage calls of “suspected exposures” (25 000 call per day), transporting positive cases and people under Home – Quarantine, taking lab tests and establishing home / Drive through facilities, and also increasing the national blood stockpile.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Mr Patrick Wengler discussed the policing in Luxembourg during the Covid-19 crisis, illustrating the situation before he crisis, in the early reply stages, and during the outbreak. He explained the three pillars used in Luxembourg: namely the restrictions, the confinements and the legislation aspects.</li></ul><ul class="spip"><li> Mr Andre Samberg shared a Preliminary Comparative Study on the Covid-19 Decision Making Process in EU Member States. The results suggested that existing national legislations for prevention of epidemic diseases are up-to-date in most EU states and that all national governments were mentally unprepared to face a new kind of biological threat, SARS-Cov-2. Overall, the Covid-19 decision-making process was very slow and depended much on the consolidated positions of leading political parties. Governments did not act promptly independently from the political parties. Each EU state expected the Covid-19 guidelines to come from Brussels first. In the beginning, governments and public health authorities were afraid to take the preventive measures against the SARS-Cov-2 disease.</li></ul> <p><strong>Discussions, questions and answers</strong><br class='autobr' /> During the webinar a total of 148 comments were written in the chat box. The main debated topic was the mandatory use of face masks by the members of the public, especially in public transport. It was brought up that starting on 4 May, Belgium citizens will be obliged to wear masks on the train, station and platforms. Some other EU countries are also imposing the use of face masks, such as the Czech Republic and many German federal states. However, there is no current European-wide consensus on this issue, as for example Ireland, Finland, Estonia and Greece do not impose such a measure. However, they do recommend it. Beyond the efficacy of the measure and the current regulations, participants debated the role of practitioners for enforcing such measures, especially if people are not wearing them. So far, it seems that the role of enforcing such measures remains with the police and not the railway undertakings or public transport operators.</p> <p>Some questions and comments concerned the cross-border issue and similarities and differences between neighbouring countries (e.g. Sweden-Norway; Finland-Estonia). The question of how to safely reopen borders to foreign workers was posed (e.g. which measures would need to be put in place), and the importance of information sharing between countries was emphasised.</p> <p>There were also many comments about the public perception and behavioural response shown by the members of the public. While mainly acknowledging the accuracy of PHE's presentation demonstrating the public mainly behave pro-socially in a crisis, and in this case follow the confinement rules, others do not. It was suggested that this could be due to economic issues. Participants also brought up the importance of mental health during confinement.</p> <p>Participants further discussed the importance of having inclusive crisis communication during the pandemic. The Belgian government has been including sign language interpreters in both Dutch and French during their Covid-19 press conferences, in Ukraine sign language interpretation is also present during the daily Health Minister briefings, and in Montenegro all press conferences include sign language. However, more needs to be done to include other vulnerable groups, including the blind and partially sighted, as was shown during the presentation of the Union of the Blind of Montenegro.</p> <p>Participants also used the chat to express their feedback on the webinar, including comments such as “very entertaining and insightful format of this webinar!”, “warm compliments for the organisation” and “fantastic presentations and really useful info.”</p> <p><strong>Conclusions</strong><br class='autobr' /> The webinar was closed by the PROACTIVE Project Officer – Laure Guille (REA) who attended the whole event. She noted that the webinar was a very interesting event and appreciated especially the large range of all the different countries that it managed to reach. She underlined that Covid-19 can affect many different fields “like CBRNE, natural hazards and vulnerable society, citizens awareness, etc. so there can be a lot of synergies between different projects”. She appreciated that other projects contributed to the webinar and welcomed further synergies between the various projects today.</p> <p>Given the very interesting presentations and results, she pointed out that the challenge is now “to see how to best use these results and further promote them”. Given the current Covid-19 situation, there are several initiatives at the REA level but also in other DGs at European Commission level. There are some platforms which are getting developed and for now the EC is interested in finding different projects which could be of interest for deployment of solutions and could help in a way or another in relation to the Covid-19 situation. She added that PROACTIVE will be included in this initiative probably along with other projects that presented at the webinar and further contacts will be made on this matter.</p> <p>To conclude, Grigore Havarneanu mentioned the next main project activities planned for 2020. Two studies with PSAB members will be running during in May-June based on online surveys and interviews. The project Mid-term Conference and workshop with the CSAB members are planned for 17-18 September 2020 in Brussels. The participants were also encouraged to save the date for the first joint field exercise with project eNotice on 28 October 2020 in Rieti, Italy. At the end, he also reminded that the presentation slides will be shared with participants after the webinar, once all the speakers give their consent, and thanked everyone for attending the webinar.</p> <p>Project PROACTIVE aims to enhance preparedness against and response to a CBRNe incident through a better harmonisation of procedures between various categories of practitioners, and a better understanding of the needs of vulnerable citizen groups. The PROACTIVE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 832981.</p> <p>PROACTIVE can be followed on Twitter (@PROACTIVE_EU) as well as on LinkedIn (<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/</a>) and the project website <a href="https://proactive-h2020.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://proactive-h2020.eu/</a>.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Grigore Havarneanu (PROACTIVE Project Coordinator) or Laura Petersen (Senior Security Research Advisor) <br class='autobr' /> <a href="mailto: havarneanu@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>havarneanu@www.mkforce.com</a> <br class='autobr' /> <a href="mailto:petersen@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>petersen@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> European project SAFER-LC (Safer level crossing by integrating and optimising road-rail infrastructure management and design): online final conference to present its results http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/689/article/safer-lc-final-conference?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/689/article/safer-lc-final-conference?page=news 2020-04-28T12:53:22Z text/html en Safety Research Security Level Crossings ILCAD Reporting SAFER-LC Railway Conference EU funded project <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/689/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 689 - </a> <p>The European research project SAFER-LC (Safer level crossing by integrating and optimising road-rail infrastructure management and design) is coming to an end after three years of hard work and held its Final Conference online on 22 April 2020. As meeting face to face was not an option because of the Covid-19 crisis, we shifted the conference online. More than 180 participants from around 35 countries all over the world attended this conference organised by UIC to discuss the findings and (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/safety" rel="tag">Safety</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/level-crossings-122" rel="tag">Level Crossings</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/ilcad" rel="tag">ILCAD</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/safer-lc" rel="tag">SAFER-LC</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/railway-conference-397" rel="tag">Railway Conference</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/f5/f2843943eaa749ac159f99b581f983.png?1602754369' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The European research project SAFER-LC (Safer level crossing by integrating and optimising road-rail infrastructure management and design) is coming to an end after three years of hard work and held its Final Conference online on 22 April 2020. As meeting face to face was not an option because of the Covid-19 crisis, we shifted the conference online. More than 180 participants from around 35 countries all over the world attended this conference organised by UIC to discuss the findings and main outputs of SAFER-LC.</p> <p>The SAFER-LC Project coordinated by UIC addresses the issue of level crossing safety. It started on 1 May 2017 for three years. It aims to improve safety and minimise risk by developing a fully-integrated cross-modal set of innovative solutions and tools for the proactive management and design of level-crossing infrastructure.<br class='autobr' /> SAFER-LC has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723205.</p> <p><strong>The morning session</strong><br class='autobr' /> The conference was opened by the EC project officer, Claudia Ciuca, who thanked the consortium for making this event possible despite this difficult period. She reminded the meeting that SAFER-LC was one of the three projects funded in 2016 within H2020 programme Mobility for growth in the topic transport infrastructure innovation to increase safety of transport in Europe. She thanked the consortium for all the work done over the past three years and wished everyone a fruitful day.</p> <p>Then Mr François Davenne as Director General of UIC thanked all those who had been involved in this project. “The 17 members of the consortium brought a range of complementary skills and were able to work together during 36 months in a spirit of collaboration to share their respective competences in their work on this human, societal and technical issue”.</p> <p>He added: “The results achieved are particularly interesting and effective for the stakeholders both in rail and road environment. The results take the shape of a toolbox, design to help decision makers to increase safety at level crossings through practical recommendations. Moreover, it will enable policymakers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to make level crossing safer for all road user types at LC."</p> <p>He concluded that “Level crossing safety is a very relevant safety and UIC will continue to exploit the results of the project both in Europe and on a global scale, first through the SAFER-LC toolbox which will be hosted and updated by UIC after the project, and secondly as UIC is very committed to along with various institutional partners, and in particular within the framework of the annual “ILCAD International Level Crossing Awareness Day"</p> <p>The opening session was concluded by Vojtech Ekser (ERA – European Agency for Railways) who presented the latest data from level crossing accidents in Europe. He reported that each year, almost 300 people die in accidents at level crossings in the EU. He underlined that the distraction has become even more visible with the explosion of technologies used in daily life. It unveils and emphasises the central role of a human at the intersection of road and rail.</p> <p>After a quick overview on the project, a hands-on training of the toolbox developed within SAFER-LC was given by Grigore Havarneanu, Senior Research Advisor at UIC. He explained that from the very beginning, SAFER-LC has wanted to produce an outcome that would outlive the project. That is why the toolbox was designed as a web-based platform that will be updated by UIC past the project lifetime. He also emphasised that the toolbox can be used as a decision support tool which regroups in a user-friendly manner several assessment methodologies as well as a wide range of cost-effective safety measures, accompanied by study results.</p> <p>He used a live online training session to illustrate some toolbox content and demonstrate how advanced search can be performed using different criteria relevant for level crossing safety. There are many ways to sort the various safety measures: type or users and level crossing, costs, effect mechanism, etc. and this can help end-users find the most appropriate measure for a specific context. During the tutorial, the participants had a closer look at the individual safety measures in the toolbox. Each measure is presented through a short description, the potential benefits and criticalities, recommendations, study results, main psychological functions involved, documents, related measures, a gallery of examples, and a comments section.</p> <p>The live tutorial on how to use the toolbox lasted one hour, and participants had the opportunity to ask questions at the end. At the end of the training, Grigore Havarneanu reminded the audience that although the SAFER-LC toolbox was officially launched, the work is not over and will never be. Along with the SAFER-LC consortium, UIC will be looking forward to new inputs and feedback from the toolbox end-users to continue updating it.</p> <p><strong>The afternoon session</strong><br class='autobr' /> The afternoon session started with the presentations of the work achieved by the SAFER-LC partners focusing on level crossing safety in Europe and beyond, the human processes at level crossings, the technical solutions developed and integrated for smarter level crossings, the pilot tests and evaluation, the cost-benefit analysis and the final recommendations.</p> <p>Beyond the SAFER-LC project, speakers from Japan East Railways and US Department of Transportation provided inspiring presentations on the protection of level crossings outside Europe.</p> <p>To conclude, Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Head of the UIC Security Division and SAFER-LC project coordinator, thanked the partners for the great cooperation during these three years, the external experts who contributed to the work through the various workshops and the attendees of the conference for their active participation, especially through the chat with hundreds of questions and comments. She underlined that the project is over, but the work will continue, especially the exploitation of the toolbox which will be continuously updated by UIC to provide the users with a comprehensive decision-making tool for safer level crossing.</p> <p>Further information can be found on the website at <a href="http://safer-lc.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>http://safer-lc.eu/</a></p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information on the SAFER-LC Project please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau: <a href="mailto:bonneau@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>bonneau@www.mkforce.com</a></p> <p>And for the SAFER-LC Toolbox please contact Grigore Havarneanu: <br class='autobr' /> <a href="mailto:havarneanu@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>havarneanu@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> PROACTIVE EU project held its third consortium meeting and first public workshop with practitioners and policy makers online http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/684/article/proactive-eu-project-held-its-third-consortium-meeting-and-first-public?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/684/article/proactive-eu-project-held-its-third-consortium-meeting-and-first-public?page=news 2020-03-24T15:18:45Z text/html en Research Security Reporting Horizon 2020 Workshop PROACTIVE <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/684/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 684 - </a> <p>The EU-funded H2020 project PROACTIVE led by the UIC Security Division held its third consortium progress meeting and its first public workshop last week. The meeting was supposed to take place in Münster, Germany between 17 – 19 March 2020 at the kind invitation of the German Police Academy (DHPol), but in light of the COVID-19 global context, it was decided to adapt it to an online three-day meeting. <br class='autobr' /> During the first two days, the 15 consortium partners discussed the technical developments (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/horizon-2020" rel="tag">Horizon 2020</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/workshop-405" rel="tag">Workshop</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/proactive-project" rel="tag">PROACTIVE </a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/a3/0f6b6d35bcebf4d1b2a7e10c1c05d2.png?1602754895' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The EU-funded H2020 project PROACTIVE led by the UIC Security Division held its third consortium progress meeting and its first public workshop last week. The meeting was supposed to take place in Münster, Germany between 17 – 19 March 2020 at the kind invitation of the German Police Academy (DHPol), but in light of the COVID-19 global context, it was decided to adapt it to an online three-day meeting.</p> <p>During the first two days, the 15 consortium partners discussed the technical developments of the project, exchanged on the ongoing tasks and prepared the next project activities. The first work package (CBRNe terrorism in Europe and beyond: Human Factors analysis of preparedness and response) has been successfully completed, resulting in three state-of-the-art reports which can be downloaded on the project website.</p> <p>Further, on the 19 March 2020 the project held its (e)workshop with Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), practitioners and policymakers. About 40 participants from 17 different countries attended the online event. The represented countries were Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK, and Ukraine.</p> <p>The attendees covered the all the main categories of the PROACTIVE Practitioners Stakeholder Advisory Board (PSAB): LEAs, firefighters, medical responders, military, rail security experts, Research/Academia, and policy officers including a representative of Europol. The experts discussed public perceptions and responses to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear and explosives (CBRNe) threats as well as the current policy for mitigation and management of such incidents. In addition, they debated the most relevant scenarios for the oncoming field exercises.</p> <p>The (e)workshop also stimulated synergies between PROACTIVE and several other projects working on the CBRN security topic such as TRANSTUN, RESIST and the EU Healthy Gateways Joint Action.</p> <p>The PROACTIVE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 832981.</p> <p>PROACTIVE can be followed on Twitter (@PROACTIVE_EU) as well as on LinkedIn (<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/</a>) and the project website <a href="https://proactive-h2020.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://proactive-h2020.eu/</a>.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Grigore Havarneanu, PROACTIVE Project Coordinator: <a href="mailto:havarneanu@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>havarneanu@www.mkforce.com</a> <br class='autobr' /> Or Laura Petersen, Senior Security Research Advisor: <a href="mailto:petersen@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>petersen@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> Project PROACTIVE to hold its first public workshop with practitioners and policy makers on 19 March 2020 in Germany http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/678/article/project-proactive-to-hold-its-first-public-workshop-with-practitioners-and?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/678/article/project-proactive-to-hold-its-first-public-workshop-with-practitioners-and?page=news 2020-02-11T15:06:11Z text/html en Research Security Promoting Workshop PROACTIVE <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/678/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 678 - </a> <p>Register here: http://www.mkforce.com/events/proactive-psab-workshop <br class='autobr' /> The EU-funded H2020 project PROACTIVE led by the UIC Security Division will soon hold its first public workshop in Münster, Germany on 19 March 2020. The event will be hosted by the German Police Academy which is one of the consortium partners. <br class='autobr' /> The workshop will discuss public perceptions and responses to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear and explosives (CBRNe) threats as well as the current policy for mitigation (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/events" rel="tag">Promoting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/workshop-405" rel="tag">Workshop</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/proactive-project" rel="tag">PROACTIVE </a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/dd/e223f5763c03441d8ffff84990d6bd.png?1602754896' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p><strong>Register here: <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/events/proactive-psab-workshop" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>http://www.mkforce.com/events/proactive-psab-workshop</a> </strong></p> <p>The EU-funded H2020 project PROACTIVE led by the UIC Security Division will soon hold its first public workshop in Münster, Germany on 19 March 2020. The event will be hosted by the German Police Academy which is one of the consortium partners.</p> <p>The workshop will discuss public perceptions and responses to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear and explosives (CBRNe) threats as well as the current policy for mitigation and management of such incidents.</p> <p>Expected participants include PROACTIVE consortium members, members of the project, practitioner stakeholder advisory board, policy makers, local practitioners from Germany, and relevant eNOTICE partners based on the cooperation agreement with PROACTIVE. Railway security practitioners will equally contribute this workshop and are kindly invited to attend (with representatives of DB AG and RAILPOL already confirmed). Policy officers from the European Commission have also confirmed their interest and are expected to attend.</p> <p>The event will also stimulate synergies between several projects working on the CBRN security topic.</p> <p>The PROACTIVE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 832981.</p> <p>PROACTIVE can be followed on Twitter (@PROACTIVE_EU) as well as on LinkedIn (<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/</a>) and the project website <a href="https://proactive-h2020.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://proactive-h2020.eu/</a>.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Grigore Havarneanu, PROACTIVE Project Coordinator: <a href="mailto: havarneanu@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>havarneanu@www.mkforce.com</a></p> <p>Or Laura Petersen, Senior Security Research Advisor: <a href="mailto:petersen@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>petersen@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> PROACTIVE EU project held its second progress meeting in London and contributed to two European Commission events in Brussels http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/677/article/security-article?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/677/article/security-article?page=news 2020-02-04T11:54:28Z text/html en Research Security Reporting EU funded project PROACTIVE <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/677/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 677 - </a> <p>January was a busy month for the EU H2020 funded project PROACTIVE (PReparedness against CBRNE threats through cOmmon Approaches between security praCTItioners and the VulnerablE civil society) coordinated by the UIC Security Division. <br class='autobr' /> The project held its second Progress Meeting from 14 – 16 January 2020, in London. So far, the technical work packages are progressing well with promising outcomes foreseen for the railway business. The first scientific results were delivered in December 2019 (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/proactive-project" rel="tag">PROACTIVE </a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/0e/0a3d00647271b2afd73ccaf1ad9eab.jpg?1602754896' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>January was a busy month for the EU H2020 funded project PROACTIVE (PReparedness against CBRNE threats through cOmmon Approaches between security praCTItioners and the VulnerablE civil society) coordinated by the UIC Security Division.</p> <p>The project held its second Progress Meeting from 14 – 16 January 2020, in London. So far, the technical work packages are progressing well with promising outcomes foreseen for the railway business. The first scientific results were delivered in December 2019 and can be found on the project website. The consortium meeting was followed by a workshop with project eNOTICE and external guests, which aimed to prepare the first field exercise scheduled for 28 October 2020 in Rieti, Italy. The multidisciplinary exercise will be based on a scenario of a terrorist attack using a chemical agent on the railway premises.</p> <p>Furthermore, on 10 January 2020, the PROACTIVE team was invited to attend the Workshop on data in the Fight against Crime and Terrorism (FCT) projects in Brussels. The workshop brought together approx. 100 representatives of around 30 on-going projects. PROACTIVE presented how data will be used in the two toolkits being developed by the project, as well as how PROACTIVE will handle the ethical issues related to data in security research projects. A main takeaway from this workshop is that research data is still a major issue and we are all doing our best to meet the high ethical standards set by the European Commission, but as of yet there is no fool-proof answer on how to tackle these issues.</p> <p>Finally, on 30 January 2020, PROACTIVE was invited to join the first “Project to Policy Kick-Off Seminar” (P2PKOS) at the Research Executive Agency (REA) premises in Brussels. The event was meant to help projects understand the Commission's expectations in terms of policy recommendations and to produce research outputs which are tailor-made to the Commission policy needs. It was a very good exercise in the effort of bringing EU funded research closer to policy and encouraging projects to cooperate more. Grigore Havarneanu presented the project and answered questions from Policy Officers representing various EU policy-making units such as DG Home, Police cooperation unit, Counterterrorism unit, Cybercrime unit, Organised crime unit, CEPOL, and EUROPOL. This seminar is likely to be organised every January from now on for newly funded security-related projects.</p> <p>The PROACTIVE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 832981.</p> <p>PROACTIVE can be followed on Twitter (@PROACTIVE_EU) as well as on LinkedIn (<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/</a>) and the project website <a href="https://proactive-h2020.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://proactive-h2020.eu/</a>.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Grigore Havarneanu, PROACTIVE Project Coordinator <a href="mailto:havarneanu@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>havarneanu@www.mkforce.com</a></p> <p>Or Laura Petersen, Senior Security Research Advisor: <br class='autobr' /> <a href="mailto:petersen@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>petersen@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> EU SHERPA project: Success of the two workshops on protection of public spaces held on 22 – 23 January 2020 in Berlin http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/676/article/eu-sherpa-project-success-of-the-two-workshops-on-protection-of-public-spaces?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/676/article/eu-sherpa-project-success-of-the-two-workshops-on-protection-of-public-spaces?page=news 2020-01-28T14:46:05Z text/html en Research Security Stations and Intermodal Hubs Reporting EU funded project SHERPA <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/676/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 676 - </a> <p>Reminder: The SHERPA project has received funding from the European Union's Internal Security Fund Police under grant agreement No 815347. It is coordinated by UIC, started on t November 2018 and will last 24 months. It aims to improve the overall protection level for stations and trains in Europe against terrorist attacks by implementing multiple synergistic actions towards the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA Consortium is composed of six partners: UIC, DB AG, FS SpA, PKP S.A., SNCB, and (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/railway-stations" rel="tag">Stations and Intermodal Hubs</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/sherpa" rel="tag">SHERPA</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/c8/ca514d219b57577d339539a6136e0e.jpg?1602754896' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p><i>Reminder: The SHERPA project has received funding from the European Union's Internal Security Fund Police under grant agreement No 815347. It is coordinated by UIC, started on t November 2018 and will last 24 months. It aims to improve the overall protection level for stations and trains in Europe against terrorist attacks by implementing multiple synergistic actions towards the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA Consortium is composed of six partners: UIC, DB AG, FS SpA, PKP S.A., SNCB, and SNCF.</i></p> <p>The fourth SHERPA workshop on “How to protect trains against terrorist threats” was organised by DB AG, on the 22 January 2020 at the headquarters of DB AG. Around 30 participants from ten countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and UK) attended this workshop, which was organised in a very interactive manner.</p> <p>The objective was to share and discuss the results of a survey on technical security solutions conducted by the project consortium. Special focus was placed on the challenges and requirements when implementing such technical security solutions. <br class='autobr' /> The day started with some presentations from project partners and external guests on technologies for protecting trains.</p> <p>First the British Transport Police, National police force for the railways, gave some information on the organisation and some security techniques for police, such as behavioural detection, CCTV and, police dogs in general which are extensively used to protect rail passengers. They also reported on the regular exchange with the department for transport and the close cooperation with the security units of train operating companies in the UK.</p> <p>Then SNCB, the Belgian railway company, presented the results of a proof of concept (POC) on an innovative scanner technology that was recently tested in Brussels midi station. The system allows for real-time screening and detection of mass-causality threats. There are still many improvements needed to deploy it in a train station.</p> <p>TRENITALIA, the Italian rail passenger operator, presented various security technologies used in trains such as CCTV, an emergency number for train staff, and a mobile application to exchange information between the police and the train staff. <br class='autobr' /> In Poland, beyond the use of cameras integrated in a Security Information Management System for the biggest polish stations, that also serve for access control and intrusion detection, PKP, the Polish railway company, also use some dosimetry detectors to measure the level of radiation.</p> <p>ÖBB, the Austrian Railway company, gave some insights into counterterrorism and underlined the fact that the traveller's experience should not be changed. One of the challenges that was mentioned is the use of video-surveillance systems in cross borders trains. They also presented their social media tool, which is intended to help establish contact with customers and their own staff and is used for information purposes – in particular in the case of incidents with a terrorist background.</p> <p>DB AG, the German Railway company, focused on Bodycam for security staff. A Proof of Concept has been developed in some critical stations and trains in Berlin and Cologne. The involvement of trade unions, the data protection authority, police and extensive media communication to keep the public informed was key for this project.</p> <p>The presentations ended with TRAFIKVERKET, the Swedish road and rail infrastructure manager. Cameras have been used in the Swedish rail environment since 2014 and mainly serve to detect intrusion in sensitive areas and give alarms to the traffic control centre. The importance of cooperation with other authorities, customer facilities and other areas of rail transport such as the manager of the station buildings, Jernhusen, was also emphasised.</p> <p>The afternoon session was very interactive with lively discussion on the 13 security solutions for train protection selected by the consortium for further analysis and assessment. Some of the needs and requirements underlined by the participants focused on the following aspects:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Standardisation of the solutions</li><li> Limitation and mitigation of false alarms</li><li> Improvement of network coverage for data transmission in real time</li><li> Secure transmission</li><li> User-friendly systems for both staff and passengers</li><li> Legal requirements and especially compatibility with the General Data Protection Regulation</li><li> Cooperation and agreement with police, labour union, regional association…</li><li> Financial justification</li></ul> <p>All results regarding security solutions will be updated in the UIC Security Hub at <a href="https://railsecurityhub.org/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://railsecurityhub.org/</a></p> <p>On the next day, 23 January, the fifth SHERPA workshop on “Raising Security Awareness & the use of Digital Media” was also held in Berlin at the DB co.lab.<br class='autobr' /> During the morning session, many UIC members shared examples from their own security awareness campaigns.</p> <p>FS presented its public security and anti-aggression campaign “be aware make a difference”, in which children ask potential aggressors not to touch or attack their parents. This campaign was very well received by both the public and the employees.</p> <p>Focusing on staff security awareness, NS shared their “Bewust & Alert” films, which educate staff members on how to respond to left luggage.</p> <p>Regarding the general public's security awareness, PKP presented their “aware = safe” films. PKP also presented the “be aware/vade-mecum” campaign, which was launched to raise awareness of abandoned luggage after a fine was imposed on owners of such luggage.</p> <p>SNCB showed their “quelque chose de suspect?” posters, which apply a humoristic approach when inciting citizens to report suspicious behaviour and items. They also showed posters from their Securail campaign.</p> <p>The British Transport Police, together with Arriva, discussed both their “see it, say it, sorted” posters & train station announcements (for high risk trains, a user will hear the slogan every five minutes), which touch on the British culture by using the word “sorted”, aka taken care of, as well as their “61016” texting service for users to report crime or incidents on trains and at stations.</p> <p>ARRIVA (as UITP member) presented an employee awareness campaign to deal with suspicious items and suspicious behaviour of employees and customers. In this context, it is planned to issue printed information that is to be translated into several languages. The topic of terrorist threats based on insider knowledge was also addressed.</p> <p>The first afternoon session focused on the French Vigipirate security plan. A representative from the French Ministry of transport explained the Vigipirate plan and its implementation in France. While the plan itself has been around since before the 2015 terrorist attacks in France, those incidents reinforced the need to create a security culture among citizens. As one of the critical infrastructures cited in the Vigipirate plan, SNCF has had to implement various security measures. Thus, SNCF shared various security raising campaigns they have implemented for their staff, including two videos on the importance of always closing security doors and always reporting left luggage.</p> <p>In the afternoon, the focus shifted more clearly to digital media. The development and application of DB's mobile application on situations and security operations was presented. This is an app intended for DB employees and relevant security actors (such as the German Federal Police) and is not available for the general public. The main advantage of the app over previous systems is its rapidity in informing the relevant people of a crisis.</p> <p>Next, the UIC Security Division reported on how to better use social media for crisis communication and shared examples from UIC members using social media to effectively communicate with the general public during a crisis. The TACT (Training, Awareness and Communication Tools) Toolbox, which gathers many best practices from the members, was also presented. It's available on the UIC security private workspace.</p> <p>The workshop successfully helped UIC members and project partners share best practice when it comes to security awareness for both staff and users.</p> <p>The next related events are as follows:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> 1 – 3 April: Three-day international training for operational security staff on security risks and crisis management both during regular services and big events (also considering cross-national interdependencies related to international services” (Rome, organised and hosted by FS)</li><li> 3 June 2020: Security Awareness will also be the focus of the upcoming UIC security awareness day during the Security Week taking place at UIC Headquarters in Paris, France.</li><li> 15 October 2020: SHERPA Final conference at UIC HQ in Paris, France</li></ul></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information on the SHERPA project please consult the website at <a href="https://sherpa-rail-project.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://sherpa-rail-project.eu/</a></p> <p>Or contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, coordinator of the project:</p> <p><a href="mailto:bonneau@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>bonneau@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> IRRB Plenary Meeting held on 28 October 2019 in Tokyo, Japan http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/667/article/irrbirrb-plenary-meeting-held-on-28-october-2019-in-tokyo?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/667/article/irrbirrb-plenary-meeting-held-on-28-october-2019-in-tokyo?page=news 2019-11-05T15:22:16Z text/html en Research Standardisation Innovation UIC Innovation Awards Reporting <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/667/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 667 - </a> <p>The latest plenary meeting of the IRRB – the International Rail Research Board – took place on Monday 28 October, preceding the Opening Ceremony of the 12th World Congress on Railway Research in Tokyo. More than 20 members gathered in the Tokyo International Forum for this last IRRB meeting under the present three-year mandate. <br class='autobr' /> Following the opening and introduction, the IRRB Chairman Prof. Boris Lapidus of JSC RZD gave an interesting presentation about his ideas for tasks to be taken up (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/standardisation" rel="tag">Standardisation</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/innovation-253" rel="tag">Innovation</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/uic-innovation-awards" rel="tag">UIC Innovation Awards</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/fc/55a51580884d9d2a21f7997d791ff4.jpg?1602754493' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The latest plenary meeting of the IRRB – the International Rail Research Board – took place on Monday 28 October, preceding the Opening Ceremony of the 12th World Congress on Railway Research in Tokyo. More than 20 members gathered in the Tokyo International Forum for this last IRRB meeting under the present three-year mandate.</p> <p>Following the opening and introduction, the IRRB Chairman Prof. Boris Lapidus of JSC RZD gave an interesting presentation about his ideas for tasks to be taken up during the next three years. Among his prospective ideas were the completion of the world railway research database and open access to research organisations to improve the results of scientific cooperation. Also, he proposed to create a professional digital catalogue on the research performed in key areas of innovative development for railways intended for commercial replication and to promote adaptation of scientific and technological achievements of advanced railway systems for all railways of other countries preparing programmes of technological development. Finally, he proposed to develop motivating conditions for attracting sponsor companies of the UIC Global Rail Research and Innovation Awards.</p> <p>Next, a short update on important research and standardisation related issues was provided by Martin Brennan, Head of the Research & Innovation Unit, and Simon Fletcher, coordinating UIC's Standardisation work. Another fixed point on the agenda was the research and innovation news from the UIC Regions. Interesting presentations were given by Mr ZHOU Li, Chairman of CARS from China, by Mr Andrew Meier of ACRI Australia and by Mr Andrzej Toruń of the Instytut Kolejnictwa, Poland about the investments in new research stations at IK, the research on standardisation of interfaces in control devices and the ETCS level 1 devices using our facility in Żmigród. Martin Brennan made a presentation on behalf of UIC Director General Mr Francois Davenne entitled: “Railway as backbone for mobility an OSI modelling for the railway system – a layered approach.” All these presentations will be available in the IRRB section on the UIC Intranet.</p> <p>Following the call for nominations for the IRRB chair-team for the next IRRB mandate, an overview of the applications received for the position of chairperson and five vice-chairpersons was given. These applications will be reviewed by the UIC Director General, who will put forward his choice for endorsement during the UIC General Assembly on 11 December in Paris.</p> <p>As part of the WCRR programme, the new version of the UIC Global Vision for Railway Development - GVRD II – was officially presented on 31 October. The set-up of the 80-minute Organised Session was explained. The session consisted of five presentations, followed by an interactive part. Following this issue, the first ideas for the IRRB Strategy plan for 2020-2022 were discussed as well as the elements for the annual overview of the IRRB activities, to be presented at the GA by the IRRB chairman.</p> <p>The chairman thanked all the participants for the positive input and concluded another interesting, productive and truly global IRRB plenary meeting.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For more information about the IRRB, please contact its secretary Mr Martin Brennan:</p> <p><a href="mailto:brennan@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>brennan@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> UIC participated in the 12th World Congress on Railway Research held from 28 October – 1 November 2019 in Tokyo, Japan http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/667/article/uic-participated-in-the-12th-world-congress-on-railway-research-held-from-28?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/667/article/uic-participated-in-the-12th-world-congress-on-railway-research-held-from-28?page=news 2019-11-05T15:22:13Z text/html en Research WCRR Reporting Railway Conference <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/667/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 667 - </a> <p>The World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR), held every two or three years, is the foremost global gathering for the showcasing of rail research developments. UIC members from all around the globe were present, including many also participating in the concurrent Asia Pacific Regional Assembly (APRA). In total, around 1000 delegates participated in the congress. <br class='autobr' /> UIC Chairman Professor Gianluigi Castelli took the floor during the opening ceremony. He said: With the ongoing digitalisation (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/wcrr" rel="tag">WCRR</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/railway-conference-397" rel="tag">Railway Conference</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/f7/f4e03e1b45e961ae6b1444431a7a99.jpg?1602754896' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR), held every two or three years, is the foremost global gathering for the showcasing of rail research developments. UIC members from all around the globe were present, including many also participating in the concurrent Asia Pacific Regional Assembly (APRA). In total, around 1000 delegates participated in the congress.</p> <p>UIC Chairman Professor Gianluigi Castelli took the floor during the opening ceremony. He said: With the ongoing digitalisation of the transport sector answering customers and business needs, the railway community is facing multiple challenges to its “main pillars”: Customer satisfaction, Sustainability, Safety, Railway capacity, high-end performances. These challenges can only be attained by developing, implementing and assessing an agile, holistic approach. This implies creating a virtuous circle among every possible stakeholder, on a worldwide level. Our research efforts should therefore be directed towards a seamless, coordinated mobility among different modes of transit”.</p> <p>He followed by saying: “Intermodality is the key and the ultimate goal not only of our railway sector, but of the entire transport sector. The integration with road, air, maritime transport are opportunities to further enhance our efficiency and gain technological and economic advantage.</p> <p>Such integration could only be achieved by developing and implementing innovative technologies. Examples include the 5G mobile environment, the FRMCS, Freight 4.0, the “Network-slicing”, IoTs, the use of renewable sources of energy; not to mention the variety of cross-sector synergy programmes (MaaS, Air+Rail, Door2Door) that offer a novel method to predict induced traffic demand for our transportation method, while reducing congestion”.</p> <p>François Davenne, UIC Director General, participated in the Plenary session on “Research and Development for Future Railways”, together with Dr. Norimichi Kumagai, President, Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI), Japan, Ms. Luisa Moisio, Director of Research and Development, RSSB, UK, Ms. Carole Desnot, Chief Innovation Officer, SNCF, France, Mr. Carlo Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail, EU and Dr. ZHOU Li, Chairman, China Academy of Railway Sciences (CARS), China.</p> <p>He highlighted that the main issue for rail is to become the backbone for low carbon emission transport mobility, with two main requirements: the ability to manage internal interfaces to become more efficient and the issue of flexible capacity and the ability of managing external interfaces with other modes (multimodality) or other actors (digital ecosystem). In this respect, in order innovate and master the cost the railways should focus on system modelling and modularity and seek inspiration in the success of other sectors (OSI for Telecom, and OSI and SESAR development for aviation).</p> <p>He said: <i>“As far as internal interfaces are concerned, the network productivity can be increased by relying on digitalisation and the advent of Artificial Intelligence. We have here a clear prospect for automation in transport, that would change the whole industry, we have in the research field two main enablers:</p> <p>The first enabler is the use of 5G for traffic management: To this end, UIC is working on the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS). The core of this evolution is the Signalling & Telecommunication system that should be able to contribute to the increase of capacity and flexibility of the network, paving the way for new services. The benefits of FRMCS will only be instrumental if we have the possibility to develop a common vision of what a common railway modelling system should be. To this end, UIC is developing RailTopoModel (RTM), a logical object model based on class diagrams that sets out to standardise the representation of railway infrastructure-related data.” </i> <br class='autobr' /> .<br class='autobr' /> He also advocated that Research should focus on making energy sober and modal shift to the railways desirable for customers. A dedicated event on this issue will be organised in Brussels in February 2020 (more information to come).</p> <p>The UIC booth in the main display area featured many of the recent and current projects, with the AV on our work to develop FRMCS being of particular interest to visitors.</p> <p>UIC's International Rail Research Board (IRRB) launched the updated Global Vision for Railway Research (GVRDII) during the event. This was presented by Professor Boris Lapidus of RZD, the current Chair of IRRB. Martin Brennan presented a paper on the 12 Capabilities, and Dennis Schut spoke on progress with the South East Europe Strategic Alliance for Rail Innovation (SEESARI) initiative. Francois Davenne introduced a ‘layered approach' model of the railways as the backbone of mobility developed within Rail System department.</p> <p>Several of the key WCRR Plenary and Organised sessions were chaired by UIC Directors, including Simon Fletcher on Passenger Comfort and on Low Cost Operation, Francis Bedel on Level Crossings and Jerzy Wisniewski on Safety, Security and Natural Hazards and on Safety Assessment.</p> <p>One paper was submitted by Parinaz Bazeghi from UIC passenger department and presented during WCRR on increasing the efficiency of railway stations by relocating the service facilities using simulation.</p> <p>Associated technical visits allowed participants to see the latest developments in the Japanese railways and included a fascinating insight to the RTRI research and innovation centre, where technology on display included flywheels, superconductors, hydrogen-powered trains, obstacle detection methods, and machines to assess passenger comfort for high speed operation, plus many more.</p> <p>UIC thanks again Mr. Ikuo Watanabe and RTRI, Member of the UIC Asia-Pacific region, for hosting this congress.</p> <p>The next WCRR is to be held in Birmingham, UK, in 2022, jointly hosted by the University of Birmingham, RSSB and Network Rail. UIC is a member of the Organising and Executive Committees planning this event. UIC's own planning for participation will begin in earnest in January 2020.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information please contact Martin Brennan:</p> <p><a href="mailto:brennan@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>brennan@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> UIC organised the 5th edition of the World Congress on Rail Training in Rabat, Morocco, held under the slogan: “Unite, Inspire, Connect” http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/664/article/uic-organised-the-5th-edition-of-the-world-congress-on-rail-training-in-rabat?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/664/article/uic-organised-the-5th-edition-of-the-world-congress-on-rail-training-in-rabat?page=news 2019-10-15T12:52:53Z text/html en Research Training Expertise Development Reporting Railway Conference Talent <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/664/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 664 - </a> <p>The 5th edition of the World Congress on Rail Training jointly organised by UIC in partnership with ONCF, IFF (Institut de Formation Ferroviaire – the Railway Training Institute), EMI (Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs), SNCF and FS opened on 9 October at the IFF, Institut de Formation Ferroviaire in Rabat, Morocco. The Congress brings together over 230 participants from 30 different countries from Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. <br class='autobr' /> Organised at the initiative of the UIC Expertise (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/training" rel="tag">Training</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/expertise-development" rel="tag">Expertise Development</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/railway-conference-397" rel="tag">Railway Conference</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/talent" rel="tag">Talent</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/a4/f5dd5637a7944259f961e42626ac1b.jpg?1602754896' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The 5th edition of the World Congress on Rail Training jointly organised by UIC in partnership with ONCF, IFF (Institut de Formation Ferroviaire – the Railway Training Institute), EMI (Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs), SNCF and FS opened on 9 October at the IFF, Institut de Formation Ferroviaire in Rabat, Morocco. The Congress brings together over 230 participants from 30 different countries from Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa.</p> <p>Organised at the initiative of the UIC Expertise Development Platform, which draws its expertise from the regional Rail Training Centres Networks, the congress' main purpose is to enhance workforce development through sharing best practice in rail training across the entire industry.</p> <p>Among high-level representatives opening the congress, Mr Abdelkader Amara, Morocco's Transport Minister highlighted the importance of the railway sector in Morocco in order to become one of the 20 best railways of the world. Mr Mohamed Rabie Khlie, ONCF Director General and Chairman of the UIC African Region, spoke about the efficiency and the efficacity of the trainings in Morocco's railways.</p> <p>Mr Gianluigi Vittorio Castelli, UIC Chairman (FS) highlighted as keynote speaker the importance of the new technologies in the last few years and how important it has become to keep learning throughout one's professional life. Mr Moulay Larbi Abidi, EMI Director said that railway training is the priority of his university. Mr Karim Eddine Chennouf, Chairman of the management board, IFF and Mr Christophe Martin General Manager of IFF welcomed the participants to their training facility. Mr François Davenne, UIC Director General (through a video message) spoke about the rapidly changing situation having an impact on the professions and competences which call for a drastic change in our traditional learning culture.</p> <p>Mrs Nathalie Amirault, Head of the UIC Talent and Expertise Development Unit, presented the latest developments of the Talent and Expertise Development Platform (TEDP) and gave another view of its activities.</p> <p>Mrs Ester Marconi, chairwomen of the TEDP, introduced the group of international young talents. They are working on special assignments to define an international programme for young talents. The result of their work will be given on the last day of the congress.</p> <p>The WCRT congress is also an opportunity:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> to kick off the TrainRail (International rail education & training board) project;</li><li> to present the results of the TEDP “Future of Work and Training project” and officially launch a permanent observatory on these issues;</li><li> to highlight for the first time a team of young talents;</li><li> to exchange on topical issues such as discussing innovation and challenging mindsets, research and development, international cooperation, knowledge transfer, skills development, digitalisation, safety and security.</li></ul> <p>Technical visits were also organised, including to the IFF office with access to the driving simulator and SIGMARAIL Project's VR room and the high-speed train “Al Boraq”, linking Tangier to Rabat.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>Nathalie Amirault, Head of the UIC Talent & Expertise Development Unit:</p> <p><a href="mailto:amirault@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>amirault@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> EU SHERPA project: Third workshop on “How to protect stations against terrorist threats” held from 1 – 2 October 2019 http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/663/article/eu-sherpa-project-third-workshop-on-how-to-protect-stations-against-terrorist?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/663/article/eu-sherpa-project-third-workshop-on-how-to-protect-stations-against-terrorist?page=news 2019-10-08T14:33:11Z text/html en Research Security Stations and Intermodal Hubs Reporting EU funded project SHERPA <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/663/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 663 - </a> <p>Reminder: The SHERPA project has received funding from the European Union's Internal Security Fund Police under grant agreement No 815347. It is coordinated by UIC, started on 1 November 2018 and will last 24 months. It aims to improve the overall protection level for stations and trains in Europe against terrorist attacks by implementing multiple synergistic actions towards the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA Consortium is composed of 6 partners: UIC, DB AG, FS SpA, PKP S.A., SNCB, and (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/railway-stations" rel="tag">Stations and Intermodal Hubs</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/sherpa" rel="tag">SHERPA</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/6f/0ab6fa0d3385adea33c3cf1e13173b.jpg?1602754896' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p><i>Reminder: The SHERPA project has received funding from the European Union's Internal Security Fund Police under grant agreement No 815347. It is coordinated by UIC, started on 1 November 2018 and will last 24 months. It aims to improve the overall protection level for stations and trains in Europe against terrorist attacks by implementing multiple synergistic actions towards the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA Consortium is composed of 6 partners: UIC, DB AG, FS SpA, PKP S.A., SNCB, and SNCF.</i></p> <p>The third SHERPA workshop on “How to protect stations against terrorist threats” was held from 1 – 2 October at the headquarters of PKP, leader of the fourth technical work package. Around 50 participants from nine countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and USA) attended this workshop which was organised in a very interactive manner.<br class='autobr' /> The main objective of this workshop was to share experiences on solutions to better protect stations and discuss on existing and innovative security technologies and processes (including fostering cooperation with other stakeholders such as police, first responders…).</p> <p>After a brief overview given by Marie-Hélène Bonneau (Head of the UIC Security Division and SHERPA project coordinator) on the first results achieved in the project, the Commander of the Polish Railway Security Guard (SOK) – Paweł Boczek gave a presentation about the SOK activities for ensuring security in the area of railway stations. At the end of his presentation, he showed a film prepared for the 100th anniversary of the SOK's creation. Within the SOK there is a special unit called Operational and Intervention Group (GOI), which surprised all participants after the film by entering the room in full uniform and armament.</p> <p>Then Prof. Maria Haberfeld (John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York), focused on “Security Measures for the New York City Railway Systems – Operational and Tactical Analysis of What's in Place and What Should be Done”.</p> <p>Prof. Gerd Neubeck (Deutsche Bahn AG, Corporate Security) focused on intelligent camera systems and video analytics. A joint test of Deutsche Bahn AG and the German Federal Police is ongoing at the Berlin Südkreuz station. He underlined that the use of intelligent video technology is helpful, but it does not replace the presence of local security personnel. Moreover, the physical presence of security personnel also contributes significantly to the passengers feeling of security.</p> <p>The afternoon session was dedicated to the solutions implemented in Poland for protecting the stations ranging from the measures used in the railway Station Security Centre such as dosimetric detectors, intrusion alarm systems etc. to the crisis management system using a solution called SMS Alert that can be widely used to alert the public to risks. In addition, an external expert reiterated the challenge to implement necessary measures, without giving up the open nature of railway station.</p> <p>During the interactive session, Mr Stefano De Muro, Technical Area Manager at FS security department, explained the results of a research on the mitigation of the effects of an explosion in a station with several levels.</p> <p>Mr Radoslaw Olszewski, representative of the EU Commission, DG Migration and Home Affairs, also attended the workshop. His presentation focused on the assessment of vulnerability as well as the detection of explosives and protective measures which must be constantly adapted and innovated.</p> <p>The workshop was supplemented by a technical visit to the very impressive and effective Railway Security Centre of the PKP. Participants gained insight into the work of people accessing hundreds of cameras and other observation and surveillance systems at train stations across Poland. As soon as something is observed or detected, PKP security staff or, if necessary, the authorities will be informed. A very fast intervention can be guaranteed.</p> <p>The next steps are as follows:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> 20 – 22 November 2019: Informative session on SHERPA during the 16th UIC Security Congress (Prague, SZDC) focusing on “Security and Safety of Stations”</li><li> 22 January 2020: Workshop (WS4) on “How to protect trains against terrorism threats” (Berlin, organised and hosted by DB)</li><li> 23 January 2020: Workshop (WS5) on “Define best practice on the use of digital media for raising security awareness among the public of customers” (Berlin, organised and hosted by DB)</li><li> 25 – 27 March 2020: Three-day international training (T1) for operational security staff on security risks and crisis management both during regular services and big events (also considering cross-national interdependencies related to international services” (Rome, organised and hosted by FS)</li></ul></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information on the SHERPA project please consult the website: <br class='autobr' /> <a href="http://www.sherpa-rail-project.eu" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>www.sherpa-rail-project.eu</a></p> <p>Or contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Head of the UIC Security Unit:<br class='autobr' /> <a href="mailto:bonneau@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>bonneau@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> The PROACTIVE EU project, coordinated by UIC's Security Division, is on the right track for success http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/662/article/the-proactive-eu-project-had-its-first-general-assembly?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/662/article/the-proactive-eu-project-had-its-first-general-assembly?page=news 2019-10-01T12:03:33Z text/html en Research Security Reporting Horizon 2020 EU funded project PROACTIVE <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/662/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 662 - </a> <p>The PROACTIVE (PReparedness against CBRNE threats through cOmmon Approaches between security praCTItioners and the VulnerablE civil society) project, funded by EU Horizon 2020, has recently achieved a number of important milestones. <br class='autobr' /> The project group held its first progress meeting, General Assembly and Executive Board meeting on 17 and 18 September at UIC headquarters in Paris. The technical work packages are progressing well with promising outcomes foreseen for the railway business. The (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/surete" rel="tag">Security</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/horizon-2020" rel="tag">Horizon 2020</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/proactive-project" rel="tag">PROACTIVE </a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/17/b8b94dbf41a60f56ff39bf48ba56c6.jpg?1602754896' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>The PROACTIVE (PReparedness against CBRNE threats through cOmmon Approaches between security praCTItioners and the VulnerablE civil society) project, funded by EU Horizon 2020, has recently achieved a number of important milestones.</p> <p>The project group held its first progress meeting, General Assembly and Executive Board meeting on 17 and 18 September at UIC headquarters in Paris. The technical work packages are progressing well with promising outcomes foreseen for the railway business. The first scientific results are expected in December this year with the publication of two systematic reviews on CBRNe preparedness and response to CBRNe attacks. The reviews will focus on public perception and responses to such attacks, as well as current mitigation and management policies, and will provide recommendations on how rail stakeholders can better cooperate with security practitioners such as law enforcement agencies and highly trained CBRNe first responders at national level.</p> <p>The PROACTIVE team accepted an invitation to attend the 14th Community of Users (CoU) meeting held on 19 September in Brussels. Grigore Havarneanu presented the project at the Citizen Awareness Workshop, outlining how PROACTIVE is planning to study and improve the preparedness of civil society - particularly vulnerable groups - for CBRNe threats through public engagement. Laura Petersen participated in a round table on citizen science and citizen involvement in research activities, and shared the PROACTIVE approach in this respect with the group. PROACTIVE will help rail stakeholders to interact more effectively with members of the public, including vulnerable groups such as passengers with reduced mobility, during CBRNe incidents.</p> <p>The CoU meeting was followed by a joint field exercise organised as part of the EU eNOTICE project in Dortmund on 21 September, with PROACTIVE invited to join as an observer. The exercise was the result of cooperation between the Dortmund Firefighters and Deutsche Bahn. The exercise simulated a passenger and freight rail collision, followed by a CBRNe incident caused by leakage of an unknown chemical substance. Cooperative response actions were deployed, including first emergency response on the site, decontamination and medical assistance to the injured, and rapid analysis of the contaminating agent.</p> <p>The exercise allowed PROACTIVE to identify key future challenges for railways, which will be addressed further within the scope of our project. Plans are underway to run another multidisciplinary joint exercise between the PROACTIVE and eNOTICE projects in April 2021.</p> <p>The PROACTIVE project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 832981.</p> <p>Follow PROACTIVE on Twitter (@PROACTIVE_EU), LinkedIn (<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://www.linkedin.com/company/proactive-eu/</a>) and the project website <a href="https://proactive-h2020.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://proactive-h2020.eu/</a>.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information, please contact Grigore Havarneanu, PROACTIVE Project Coordinator:</p> <p><a href="mailto:havarneanu@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>havarneanu@www.mkforce.com</a></p> <p>Laura Petersen, Senior Security Research Advisor:</p> <p><a href="mailto:petersen@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>petersen@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> Visit to UIC by ProRail delegation on 20 September 2019 http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/661/article/visit-to-uic-by-prorail-delegation-on-20-september-2019?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/661/article/visit-to-uic-by-prorail-delegation-on-20-september-2019?page=news 2019-09-24T15:23:52Z text/html en Freight Research Passenger Standardisation Reporting <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/661/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 661 - </a> <p>On 20 September a diverse delegation of young employees from ProRail headquarters visited UIC. <br class='autobr' /> They were presented with UIC's missions and structure at global and at a regional level (with the example of Asia-Pacific) along with a more tailored programme around issues of interest to them: Standardisation Research & innovation Project work carried out at UIC Passenger activities (high-speed & stations) & Freight activities (rail freight corridors) <br class='autobr' /> Interest in UIC's work was (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/freight" rel="tag">Freight</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/passenger" rel="tag">Passenger</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/standardisation" rel="tag">Standardisation</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/7d/03ab551796144054bbe919af319238.jpg?1602754493' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>On 20 September a diverse delegation of young employees from ProRail headquarters visited UIC.</p> <p>They were presented with UIC's missions and structure at global and at a regional level (with the example of Asia-Pacific) along with a more tailored programme around issues of interest to them:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Standardisation</li><li> Research & innovation</li><li> Project work carried out at UIC</li><li> Passenger activities (high-speed & stations) &</li><li> Freight activities (rail freight corridors)</li></ul> <p>Interest in UIC's work was high and several business cards were exchanged.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information please contact Joost Overdijkink, Senior Freight Advisor:</p> <p><a href="mailto:overdijkink@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>overdijkink@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> TER4RAIL held its London Summit on 28 June 2019 at Newcastle University London http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/653/article/ter4rail-london-summit?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/653/article/ter4rail-london-summit?page=news 2019-07-02T14:55:21Z text/html en Research Innovation Shift2Rail Reporting EU funded project TER4RAIL <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/653/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 653 - </a> <p>TER4RAIL (Transversal Exploratory Research Activities for Railway) is an EU-H2020 Shift2Rail funded project led by EURNEX in collaboration with UIC, UITP, UNIFE, Newcastle University, New Opera, and the Spanish Railway Foundation. <br class='autobr' /> The main goal of this two-year project is to serve as a source of data, roadmaps and arguments supporting the rail sector. TER4RAIL's ambition is to play a major role in the evolution of the railways. <br class='autobr' /> On 28 June the project partners organised a one-day World Café (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/innovation-253" rel="tag">Innovation</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/shift2rail" rel="tag">Shift2Rail</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/eu-funded-project" rel="tag">EU funded project</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/ter4rail" rel="tag">TER4RAIL</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/2f/d7b4cfd549f5caa7ac49f181f5ed77.jpg?1602754896' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>TER4RAIL (Transversal Exploratory Research Activities for Railway) is an EU-H2020 Shift2Rail funded project led by EURNEX in collaboration with UIC, UITP, UNIFE, Newcastle University, New Opera, and the Spanish Railway Foundation.</p> <p>The main goal of this two-year project is to serve as a source of data, roadmaps and arguments supporting the rail sector. TER4RAIL's ambition is to play a major role in the evolution of the railways.</p> <p>On 28 June the project partners organised a one-day World Café in London, with 30 high-level transport related experts in order to create an understanding of system thinking.</p> <p>Armando Carrillo Zanuy (coordinator of the project at Eurnex), Tom Zunder (from Newcastle University), and Jacqueline Kommers (from Eurnex) opened the day by introducing the themes of the day and the results of Delphi study focused on the statements published in the Rail 2050 Vision (ERRAC, 2017) and led by Newcastle University. Four different railway themes were to be the basis of the discussion tables:</p> <p>1. Backbone and systems strategy <br class='autobr' /> 2. Environment <br class='autobr' /> 3. European citizens mobility needs, and <br class='autobr' /> 4. Smart vehicles</p> <p>These discussion tables enabled the participants to explore how contextual factors (e.g., key social, economic, political, and cultural factors) influence the society related topics. With this workshop, TER4RAIL wanted to stimulate brainstorming for innovative ideas in order to open-up new visions and possibilities of solutions applicable for the railways.</p> <p>It was interesting to see what kind of holistic questions were raised among the experts. Focus was placed on what should be integrated into the transport roadmaps to achieve a (European) transport network with railways as the backbone for future mobility: having a sustainable, inclusive, affordable, approachable alternative for the near future.</p> <p>The day ended with a presentation by Richard Harris (Real ITS Global), an eye-opener on the new mobility ecosystem. This was also a trigger for future discussion among the participants on a better competitive mobility system. As Richard said, future mobility will be automated, connected/integrated, electrified and shared. <br class='autobr' /> TER4RAIL partners are currently processing the data and are looking forward to sharing the results of the research questions that have been analysed by cross-sector experts. The diversity in cultural background and transport sectors of the participants at the TER4RAIL London Summit made this event a very fruitful day for all project partners to frame the questions in a bigger picture.</p> <p>Should you be interested by the outcome of this research, please consult the Ter4Rail website: <a href="https://ter4rail.eu/" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>https://ter4rail.eu/</a></p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information please contact Christine Hassoun, Dissemination Coordinator of EU co-funded R&D projects:</p> <p><a href="mailto:hassoun@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>hassoun@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> SEESARI – organisation of a UIC Special Group http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/653/article/seesari-organisation-of-a-uic-special-group?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/653/article/seesari-organisation-of-a-uic-special-group?page=news 2019-07-02T14:55:19Z text/html en Research Cooperation Innovation Shift2Rail Reporting <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/653/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 653 - </a> <p>At the request of some of the UIC members, the intention to organise a Special Group at UIC to better coordinate the activities of SEESARI was endorsed by the UIC General Assembly on 25 June in Budapest. <br class='autobr' /> SEESARI, which stands for the “South East Europe Strategic Alliance for Rail Innovation” is a voluntary alliance of transport system stakeholders willing to cooperate to improve the South East European (Balkan) area transport system – with the railways as its backbone – for the benefit of the (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/cooperation" rel="tag">Cooperation</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/innovation-253" rel="tag">Innovation</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/shift2rail" rel="tag">Shift2Rail</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/03/6071937d864daeb31de42faf391525.png?1602754896' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>At the request of some of the UIC members, the intention to organise a Special Group at UIC to better coordinate the activities of SEESARI was endorsed by the UIC General Assembly on 25 June in Budapest.</p> <p>SEESARI, which stands for the “South East Europe Strategic Alliance for Rail Innovation” is a voluntary alliance of transport system stakeholders willing to cooperate to improve the South East European (Balkan) area transport system – with the railways as its backbone – for the benefit of the strategically important region. Its main goals are:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Identifying and launching the innovative solutions and projects in support of the development of railways and transport system in South East Europe</li><li> Supporting its contribution to the wider European railway system</li></ul> <p>SEESARI has signed an MOU with the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking and is a member of the S2R User Requirements Group. More than 50 SEE organisations have signed the SEESARI “Declaration of Intent” for voluntary cooperation, including many of the SEE Railway Operating Companies (UIC members).</p> <p>The mechanism of a Special Group has been chosen because not all transport system stakeholders who participate in the SEESARI Alliance are UIC members. According to Article 4 of the UIC Internal Regulations, UIC members as well as non-UIC members can be represented in a UIC Special Group.</p> <p>The SEESARI Alliance will continue to function as it does. Some of its members will become a member of the new UIC Special Group to support this coordination with UIC. It was agreed that any SEESARI initiative and project proposal shall be discussed with UIC and must have the endorsement of the related UIC Working Bodies. This will lead to an improved communication and coordination of activities which will be beneficial to UIC and its members as well as to the SEESARI members. The Special Group and its work will be funded by the members of this Special group. Dr Peter Verlic, Director of the Transport Research Institute – Prometni Institut – of the Slovenian Railways will act as the chairman of the Special Group.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For more information about SEESARI, the SEESARI Special Group and its activities please contact Dennis Schut at <a href="mailto:schut@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>schut@www.mkforce.com</a></p> <p>Or consult the SEESARI website at <a href="http://www.seesari.org" class='spip_url spip_out auto' rel='nofollow external'>www.seesari.org</a></p></div> IRRB Plenary Launch Meeting held on 24 June 2019 in Budapest http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/653/article/irrb?page=news http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/653/article/irrb?page=news 2019-07-02T14:54:37Z text/html en Research Standardisation Reporting Vision <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/enews/nr/653/" rel="directory">from eNews Nr 653 - </a> <p>Alongside the UIC statutory meetings, a Plenary Meeting of the International Rail Research Board (IRRB) was held in Budapest on 24 June. The agenda of the meeting concentrated on the most important issues, as time was limited because of the busy schedule of UIC meetings. Opening and welcome A special welcome was given to the delegation of CARS, which was represented by three of its prominent staff members. Following the opening remarks of IRRB chairman Prof. Boris Lapidus from RZD and a (...)</p> / <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/research" rel="tag">Research</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/standardisation" rel="tag">Standardisation</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/reporting" rel="tag">Reporting</a>, <a href="http://www.mkforce.com/com/mot/vision" rel="tag">Vision</a> <img src='http://www.mkforce.com/com/local/cache-gd2/25/4080f3e54ba8aa76890561309a782e.jpg?1602754896' width='300' height='170' />] <div class='rss_texte'><p>Alongside the UIC statutory meetings, a Plenary Meeting of the International Rail Research Board (IRRB) was held in Budapest on 24 June. The agenda of the meeting concentrated on the most important issues, as time was limited because of the busy schedule of UIC meetings.</p> <p><strong>Opening and welcome</strong><br class='autobr' /> A special welcome was given to the delegation of CARS, which was represented by three of its prominent staff members. Following the opening remarks of IRRB chairman Prof. Boris Lapidus from RZD and a short update on the progress of standardisation by Mr Simon Fletcher, Mr Martin Brennan gave an update on the current developments on Horizon Europe – the research and innovation funding programme of the European Commission and of ERRAC.</p> <p><strong>GVRD II</strong><br class='autobr' /> Mr Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of the Fundamental Values Department, presented GVRD II – Global Vision for Railway Development II – document, which had been sent out to all members of the General Assembly with the request for endorsement. It had been prepared under the responsibility of the chairman and the IRRB vice-chairman, Dr. Eng. Andrzej Zurkowski of IK, Poland. The document will be available to all UIC members as a digital download. The aim of the new GVRD document is to:</p> <ul class="spip"><li> Help railways develop and optimise rail systems of the future in order to take advantage of opportunities and satisfy growing customer and societal requirements</li><li> Identify best practice in order to provide examples and guidance; most appropriate examples of best practice provided as case studies from in and outside the railways (“what this might mean for rail”)</li><li> Support the Rail Operating Community in making rail more attractive to users and eventually to establish rail as the backbone of the transport system</li></ul> <p>The GVRD II will also the subject of a special Organised Session to be held on Thursday 31 October 2019 as part of the 12th World Congress on Railway Research (28 October – 1 November) which has as its theme: Railway Research to Enhance the Customer Experience.</p> <p>The content of the session was also topic of discussion during this IRRB meeting. Thoughts were exchanged about potential guest speakers for this session and one of the main conclusions was that also these speakers should reflect the global nature of the document.</p> <p>Further topics discussed were the preparation of the IRRB (2020 – 2022) three-year strategy – to be based on the GVRD II – for the following term three years for the chair-team. The main areas to focus on will be distilled from the GVRD and three-year strategy and will indicate the areas of responsibility of the vice-chairs. Nominations for the new IRRB chairperson and vice-chairs will be sent out soon to the UIC members for the chair-team to be endorsed during the December 2019 General Assembly.</p> <p><strong>Next Plenary meeting</strong><br class='autobr' /> In addition to at least two web conferences, there is a Plenary meeting planned for the afternoon of 28 October, preceding the opening reception of the 12th WCRR in Tokyo.</p></div> <div class='rss_ps'><p>For further information about the IRRB and the GVRD II, please contact Dennis Schut:</p> <p><a href="mailto:schut@www.mkforce.com" class='spip_mail'>schut@www.mkforce.com</a></p></div> 大香伊在人线国产观看?大香伊在人线综合 大萫焦视频