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11 April 2019

SIFER celebrates its 20th anniversary by showcasing a wealth of innovations and reaching the milestone of 5,000 visitors and 440 exhibitors

SIFER celebrates its 20th anniversary by showcasing a wealth of innovations and reaching the milestone of 5,000 visitors and 440 exhibitors

On its 11th and latest edition, SIFER has once again confirmed its role as the leading event for rail industry professionals to meet, discover innovations and develop business opportunities. This year, at SIFER, the railway sector has demonstrated its ability to reinvent and transform itself – a fact borne out by the 443 participating exhibitors, 26% of which were international. 5,400 visitors attended the exhibition, a historical figure which symbolises the importance that SIFER has taken over time.

Digital technologies were the main focus for many of the projects presented at this year’s show

Yes, the rail industry has definitely entered the digital age. In the rail industry, we no longer speak of digital transformation. This is a sector that already has integrated digital technologies in its global offering of products and services. And this was clearly apparent at SIFER!

SIFER opened up additional exhibition space in 2019
The decision was taken to accommodate the increasing number of businesses that wanted to showcase their latest innovations during the 3-day event, but also to enhance the visitor experience.

The extension also meant that some 50% more floor space could be allotted to the Infrastructure area. This sector is the main driver in today's railway market and accounts for more than a third of the total exhibition floor space, a figure which has doubled since this feature area was first introduced in 2007. Of course, the Grand Paris project – the largest rail infrastructure project in Europe – was one of the major topics of discussion during the three days of the exhibition.

Within the space of 20 years SIFER has become the must-attend international event for stakeholders from across all sectors of the railway industry, from major industry contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers and sub-contractors, to public-transport operators and management authorities. Held every two years, the exhibition provides direct insight into the major transformations taking place within the industry and the current and future challenges it faces. This year, dominant topics included the liberalisation of passenger transport services, major ongoing projects, such as the Charles de Gaulle Express project and the Lyon-Turin line, and investment in high-speed lines. Moreover, 2019 promises to be a good year in terms of investments: between 2017 and 2027, the French government plans to invest a record EUR 46 billion, including EUR 3.8M billion for this year alone.

All eyes are now turned to the 12th SIFER exhibition in 2021, in Lille.

Other highlights of SIFER 2019…
UNIFE hosted a round-table discussion that brought together representatives of the European rail industry and European institutions to exchange ideas on a political issue: "On the road to innovation: what EU support for the rail industry?"

Once again, the symposium hosted by the French Railway Industry Association (FIF) attracted a large audience: "2019: Crucial construction projects for the rail industry"

Ville, Rail & Transports addressed one of the major issues of 2019: "Brussels vetoes the Alstom-Siemens merger. What next?"

Winners of the Innovations Awards competition hosted by i-Trans and ERCI
The awards ceremony took place on the second show day, during the Networking Reception.

Best Big Company I "Capgemini, Virtual Train"
The Virtual Train project is part of the test-bench system validation and half-train testing processes used at ALSTOM production sites. The aim of the project is to reduce the time required by operators to validate a system, facilitate access to key information from equipment and enable operators to interact with real and/or simulated equipment directly using Mixed Reality technology (VR for bench testing and AR for half trains).

Best SME I Phitech, "ARP – Aide au Repérage Portes"
This innovation is designed to help visually impaired people to locate, from the platform, the doors of the train (tram, metro, etc.) that they want to take and obtain non-accessible visual information – destination, train number, coach number, etc. – so that they can board the right train without assistance.

Jury's Special Prize I SNCF Réseau, "MSDI – Module de Surveillance de Déviation de l’Isolement"
The innovative aspect of the MSDI system lies in its ability to take measurements without injecting a voltage. With the system, the power supplied to a signalling control system, as well as changes in the power supply, can be continuously and remotely monitored for predictive maintenance purposes.

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