Acknowledgement:
A key input of the Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre-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.

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Kingston ACT 2604

T: 02 6270 4503

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About Smart Rail

BACKGROUND

At the 2016 ARA Telecommunications and Technology Forum, it was agreed that the Australasian rail industry required greater industry coordination and a strategic direction for the adoption and deployment of telecommunications and technology-based systems. The ARA Board subsequently agreed for the ARA to develop and implement a Smart Rail Route Map for the industry.

The Smart Rail Route Map is an industry-owned and industry-driven initiative, spearheaded by the ARA and the Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (RM CRC) and supported by Deakin University’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation. Since 2017, more than 200 rail industry representatives have provided input to the Route Map through structured workshops and one-on-one discussions.
 

DELIVERING A LONG-TERM ROUTE MAP FOR THE AUSTRALIAN RAIL INDUSTRY 

The Smart Rail Route Map is a strategic framework to support the adoption and deployment of digital and communication technologies in the rail industry.  It aims to drive a national and coordinated industry approach to rail technology by establishing a common view of priorities, themes, timelines and actions. It maps a series of objectives and initiatives to address key challenges for the rail sector over the next 30 years, specifically relating to technology disruption. 

SMART RAIL – HELPING RAIL PLAN AND PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE   

Australian rail businesses need to ensure they are in the best position possible to maximise the benefits and opportunities afforded by new and emerging technologies. Inherent in this is understanding the risks and obstacles that are likely to emerge in the context of a changing technological paradigm. 

The Smart Rail Route Map will provide a basis for defining the rail industry direction, development initiatives and research programs.  In effect, it provides a framework through which next generation rail technologies can be integrated and supported efficiently in the Australasian rail environment.
 

PUTTING RAIL ON A STRONGER, MORE SUSTAINABLE FOOTING

The Australasian Rail Industry continues to undergo significant change, including how customers and freight are moved around increasingly congested cities, how trains move safely and efficiency around the network, and how rail assets are managed.  Against this backdrop, the industry requires a strategic direction for the adoption and deployment of telecommunications and technology-based systems.

Defining industry goals, mapping the key challenges for the rail sector over the next 30 years relating to technology disruption, and identifying focus area objectives and initiatives is critical in this context

The Project will help to help ensure systems are interoperable and the right data is available to deliver cross-industry benefits, including safer operations, improved reliability, opportunities for innovation and reduced costs through efficiencies, automation and technology selection. It focuses on standardisation, integration and harmonisation over the next 30 years. 

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