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At the service of its 200 members, and with its 80 partners, in 100 countries, UIC, the worldwide railway organisation, is an observer and an influencer for the international rail operating community. At the forefront of standardisation, innovation, digitalisation, technical, societal and economic studies, UIC tries to open, share and connect the rail sector with new ecosystems. It promotes rail as the backbone of a new Sustainable Integrated Connected International Chain of Mobility.

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Infrabel owes it to itself to be part of the vanguard when it comes to the digital revolution. To underline that ambition, we are organising the Digital Intelligent Rail Conference in Brussels in collaboration with UIC focusing on the digital revolution in the rail industry. In the coming years the digital technologies in our sector will be more than important to assure the mobility. It is important for us to be involved in this development. By expressing the digital world in all its forms and aspects, we can provide Belgian rail sector an image that is positive, modern and future-oriented.


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IoT &
Big Data

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Artificial Intelligence & Digital Twin

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Mobile Devices & Smart Wearables

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Robotics & Automation

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Cloud &
Open Data

New digital technologies are creating a more complex world

but are also offering many new opportunities to tackle the

challenges of the rail sector for a better future mobility.

IoT & Big Data

Why are infrastructure owners and train operating companies not yet taking advantage of the opportunities offered by IOT even though the rail sector could benefit most from these advances?

Artificial Intelligence
& Digital Twin

How can we use Artificial Intelligence in a sustainable way to ensure reliability and cost-effective maintenance?


How can we create robust cybersecurity strategies that do not negatively impact safety or operations?

Mobile devices
& Smart wearables

How can we use more mobile devices and smart wearables to help workers in a safer environment?

Robotics & Automation

How can using smart robots help develop a better maintenance strategy and improve train operations?

Cloud & Open Data

How can rail sector organisations provide more data to help develop a better mobility offer?


The participants who will be present in Brussels on the 3rd of June will have the opportunity to take a resolutely digital tour of Infrabel, the Belgian rail network manager

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Resolutely digital tour of Infrabel

Site A: 360° aspect, 3D simulation & virtual reality.
Site B: Warehouse of the future.
On both sites: measurements to data processing, future measurement trains, drones. Register for one of the 2 visits. Places are limited to 300 participants per site.


Welcome cocktail ceremony

by UIC



by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, President of UIC & Luc Lallemand, CEO of Infrabel


Inauguration of exhibition

& launch of the hackathon


Keynote speeches

by Brett McMillen, Director, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Ryan Jannise, Vice President ORACLE DOD




Operations Panel

Signalling and Asset Management through digital revolution. A challenge for rail: autonomous train.


Maintenance Panel

IoT for data collection. Big data combined with Artificial Intelligence leads to a new maintenance model: how to go from preventive to predictive.


Security Panel

Digital brings new opportunities but also new threats. A new approach to security has to be implemented. How to combine security and privacy.


Keynote conclusion

by Mr Gleb Gritsai, Kapersky lab


Gala dinner


Keynote speech: Train digitalisation

Thierry Kuperman Le Bihan, Gartner Group


Passenger Panel

New services for customers. Intermodality and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) are two key concepts for a new mobility.


Freight Panel

Interoperability, safety, security in Freight thanks to digital. Mobility also applies to Freight.




Partnership aspect

Round table closing session



JP Loubinoux et L Lallemand



Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels


We invite all companies to make full use of the commercial potential to help develop their brand among key players on the digital market in many countries. There are a number of sponsorship and advertising opportunities that can be tailor made to ensure maximum exposure for your company.


The 1st UIC DIR Conference offers therefore a unique opportunity to industry leaders, industry manufacturers and commercial or non-commercial institutions to present their products and services related to the conference theme, and also to increase their visibility.With this objective, UIC proposes the rental of exhibition surface. Price: 800 Euros per Sq/meter, the price is for the surface only, the equipment will have to be booked directly with the Square (equipment, basic booth or design, decoration etc.). More than 1000 m² are available. You can choose a surface of 12 Sq/meter minimum. The surface can be about 12, 24, 36, 48, 100 Sq/meter and more, at your convenience.


Scientific part

Francis Bédel
Chief Digital Officer

Organisational part

Barbara Mouchel
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