Metro experts set to focus on opportunities emerging from rapid urban growth


Today, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in cities, with the number set to grow to at least 66% by 2050. This rapid pace of urbanisation is putting added pressure on our already strained metro networks. With major increases in funding difficult to secure, the answer is found in new and improved technologies to overcome challenges in capacity, efficiency, safety and security.

SmartMetro will be where these issues are discussed and answers and solutions found and showcased. Co-located with the 7th annual CBTC World Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark will once again be the host on 1st-3rd November to a host of metro experts from around the world.

This event is designed for industry professionals working in an increasingly urbanised world where evolving IT and the digital revolution give metro systems an opportunity to improve service and meet the many growing passenger demands. Across three days of expert insight, practical case studies, detailed discussion and interactive workshops and roundtables this leading event has a sharp focus on the future of the transport industry.

Alex Williamson, Managing Director of the event organisers, Global Transport Forum: “Now in its seventh year this event has always had a focus on the future and we are delighted to bring SmartMetro back to Copenhagen. It’s a city that has always been a leader in delivering next generation metro technology, not just for the region but for the whole world and will again be the perfect host for our expert global delegation.”

Over 40+ speakers from global rail and metro operators, a 300+ delegation and a host of leading solution providers to come together to discuss best practice for creating the competitive and safe networks of the future. With new and innovative sessions for 2016 alongside global project case studies, attendees will be able to focus on will be able to take back practical lessons from among the following topics:

  • Future-proofing for success: what are the top technologies metros should be investing in? Andy Bourne,Head of Upgrades, Transport for London.
  • The Rio 2016 Olympics: delivering a safe and reliable service at maximum capacity Joubert Flores,Engineering Director, Metro Rio
  • CBTC and interoperability: applying standards within individual metros Matt Kinane,Operations Director, MTR Nordic
  • The advantages of predictive maintenance in reducing operating costs. Carlos Esquiroz,Engineering & Maintenance Director, Metro de Madrid.
  • Delivering a safe and competitive network. Jerzy Lejk, President & Chief Executive Officer, Warsaw Metro

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