Telecommunications and Technology Forum



Date: Tuesday 30 October 2018

Venue: Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3008

This year’s Telecommunications and Technology Forum will include discussion on the development and sharing the outputs of the Smart Rail route map, which aims to identify a long-term industry program to improve the Rail industry's ability to adopt and keep pace with telecommunication and information based technologies over the next 30 years through the establishment of a common view of priorities, themes, timelines and actions. 

The Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is partnering with the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and Deakin University to develop a SMART RAIL Route Map for Australia’s rail industry.

The Route Map will provide a basis for defining the rail industry direction, development initiatives and research program. It will support greater harmonisation and alignment, which will reduce long-term cost across the industry while delivering increased reliability robustness, resilience and recoverability to support certainty and predictability), cyber security and safety.

The research component will allow leverage of Australian research project funding models, providing an approach to support industry to develop an effective and implementable Smart Rail Route Map.


TTF Program

The program will feature the following SMART RAIL Rout Map key focus areas:

  • High performing railways
  • Traffic and Network Management
  • Customer Experience: Freight
  • Customer Experience: Passenger

Download the TTF Draft Program here.


Speakers include:

  • Anna Squire, Principal, Arup; Australasia Rail Business Leader
  • Bonnie Ryan, Senior Manager – Freight, Logistics & Industrial Sectors, GS1 Australia
  • Doug Creighton, Deputy Director, Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI), Deakin University
  • Kaniyur Sundareswaran, Chair, Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) Australasia; Technical Director - Transport Services, Aurecon
  • Len Neist, Chief Engineer, Public Transport Victoria
  • Natalie Roach, Executive General Manager - Customer Service, Innovation, ICT and Corporate & Government Affairs, Queensland Rail
  • Neil Wong, Project Director Strategy, Monitoring and Review, National Transport Commission
  • Paul Harris, Principal Engineer - Operational Control Systems, Network Integrity, Projects & Assurance, Public Transport Victoria
  • Paul Williams, Chief Information Officer, Pacific National
  • Stuart Thompson, CEO and Managing Director, Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (RMCRC)


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Registration and sponsorship enquiries:

For more information or if you consider sponsoring the event, please contact Maria Morozova, Senior Program Manager, ARA via or 02 6270 4503.


Acknowledgement: Smart Rail workshops/meetings are a key input of the Rail Manufacturing CRC-funded project – R3.3.2: Development of a Smart Rail Route Map. The Rail Manufacturing CRC is funded jointly by participating rail organisations and the Australian Federal Government’s Business Cooperative Research Centres Program.