Wheel Detection Forum 2017 has set new benchmarks
The fourth Wheel Detection Forum has set new benchmarks for this now well established industry event. System integrators, operators, manufacturers, representatives from science and other interested associations gathered in Vienna from 4 to 6 October to discuss the latest trends and innovations in train tracking and related technologies. 262 participants from 36 countries experienced more than 20 speeches and presentations, accompanied by special occasions for networking.
The conference has been characterised by a highly topical agenda focussing on new technologies for train tracking. In their presentations the speakers contributed to a subject pool which was perceived as interesting, diverse and future oriented by all participants. As delegates from railway markets all over the globe, they brought in a wide range of ideas on how to create “the future of train tracking” together. As in previous years, the event also provided great opportunities for networking in a relaxed atmosphere. A special highlight was the Wheel Detection TALK, which was framed by the historical but elegant atmosphere of Schönbrunn Orangery.
“The Wheel Detection Forum is an ideal opportunity to connect with each other and to get updated about latest state of the art technologies”, summaries Akimasa Okada, Engineer for signalling systems with East Japan Railway Company. His fellow participant Denis D’Aoust, Co-founder and President of Wayside Inspection Devices Inc., was very impressed by the diversity of the audience: “I am more used to US or Canadian conferences as I come from Canada. Here we have a greater diversity of the speakers, because they come from different countries and different environments – the Wheel Detection Forum was very interesting and I really enjoyed it and hopefully I’ll be able to come to another one.”
The philosophy of the WDF is to drive the development of the railway industry forward by working together, focussing on the future and close cooperation. “The main challenges faced by railway operators, system integrators, suppliers and other contributors to the railways are similar across the globe, but due to specific legal guidelines and standards, solutions have to be developed to solve the individual market requirements. In times of accelerating developments within and all around our industry it is now more important than ever to build global networks and to learn from each other”, concludes Christian Pucher, Marketing Director at Frauscher Sensor Technology.
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