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8/11/2018

ERCI TASK FORCE ON CYBERSECURITY: 120 PERSONS GATHER IN FIRENZE

DITECFER organised in Florence the 4th meeting of the “ERCI Cybersecurity in Railways Task Force”.
For such event, DITECFER chose the location of the Rolling Stock Laboratories in Osmannoro, owned by RFI – the Italian State Railways Infrastructure Manager, and managed by Italcertifer – the company of the Italian State Railways providing testing and certification activities.
Around 120 persons attended, representing the main Italian companies of the rail supply industry plus some attendances from ERCI members in Spain, Germany, France, Israel.

The agenda built by DITECFER aimed to inspire the participants from the awareness to the technological point of view. The key-note speech by DITECFER Coordinator, Veronica Elena Bocci, also representing ERCI Board, set the challenging scene for the day.
The event then brought on stage the institutional and R&D bodies with thorough competences in the cybersecurity field: ECSO-European Cyber Security Organisation, IEC-International Electrotechnical Commission and the Cyber Academy of the University of Modena and Reggio. Key-messages to the participants were sent from these speakers, that clearly highlighted the real risk the railway sector is facing, and raising the key-point that there won’t ever be enough money to protect all aspects of railway systems, so the key-focus has necessarily to go on reducing the consequences of cyberattacks.
The operational aspects were covered by FSI-the Italian State Railways, that – unlike other railways in Europe and America – received thousands of attacks but had no damage up to now because of huge R&D investments; the certification aspects – that will be modified by new TSIs and Common Safety Rules that will take into account cybersecurity – were covered by Italcertifer. As large industries, Thales Italia and Mer Mec presented the available solutions they have developed to mitigate the cyber risks in railway transportation, with special reference to the track-side assets and systems.
The final SMEs Session was also very inspirational, because the 6 case-studies presented very specific solutions on specific aspects of the railway system: from ResilTech, developing methodologies and solutions for systems’ resilience to Cylus (Israel), developing a comprehensive solution specific for the railway sector; from H-ON with strong know-how on industrial cybersecurity applicable to railway environment, to Sysnet Telematica and Barracuda, developing firewall solutions, and finally UM-Labs (United Kingdom) developing cybersecurity solutions for VOIP systems.

The 5th “ERCI Cybersecurity in Railways Task Force” meeting will be held on March 28th in Berlin.

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Date calendar: 8/11/2018

 

8/10/2018

"ERCI CYBERSECURITY IN RAILWAYS TASK FORCE" 4TH MEETING ORGANISED BY DITECFER IN FLORENCE ON NOVEMBER 8TH

DITECFER will organise the 4th "ERCI Cybersecurity in Railways Task Force" meeting in Firenze-Italy at Italcertifer Rolling Stock Laboratories.
The Task Force aims to gather three times per year the main railway stakeholders of each host country and the European peers to describe the state of the art in terms of new standards, rules and technologies, to collect the needs coming from O&M, to present the solutions from the research organisations and the industry, including SMEs ERCI-European Railway Clusters Initiative highly supports.

*** Dedicate 4 minutes of your time to answer this “Awareness Survey”:
=> Italians: https://it.surveymonkey.com/r/88CN2WF
=> non-Italians: https://it.surveymonkey.com/r/N2GSBW6

*** REGISTRATION to the meeting (held in English language only) is MANDATORY and open up to October 31st: https://cybersecurity_firenze.eventbrite.it

*** SMEs having developed solutions aimed to increase cybersecurity in the railway field and wishing to make a presentation at the "SMEs Session" CAN APPLY up to October 20th: https://sme_session_application.eventbrite.it

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Date calendar: 8/11/2018

 

16/5/2018

DITECFER AT INNOTRANS 2018 | HALL 9/204

DITECFER will exhibit with some of its companies at InnoTrans 2018 (Berlin, September 18-21) with a booth at Hall 9/204.
More info here.


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9/5/2018

DITECFER AND PERES PROJECT ON "RAILWAY NEWS"

Read the interview made to DITECFER Coordinator, Veronica Elena Bocci, for Railway News on the "PERES project" she is the leader of.

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Date calendar: 9/5/2018

 

7/5/2018

LAUNCHED THE 4TH EDITION OF "DITECFER RAILWAY INNOVATION CONTEST" WITHIN "ERCI INNOVATION AWARD"

ERCI

Launched the Italian Railway Innovation Contest that will award and select the 3 best innovations to participate at the "ERCI Innovation Award 2018".

This year the Ceremony of the ERCI Innovation Award will take place at InnoTrans on September 19th at 15.00 c/o the "German Capital Region" pavilion at CityCube-Hall B.

If you are a company based in Italy having developed in our territory a railway innovation with TRL >6, visit the dedicated page with the Regulation. Deadline for applications: June 4th.



 

17/4/2018

"RAILWAY VEHICLES": THE NEW SPECIALISATION AT UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE

UNIFI

From September 2018 the University of Florence will launch the new Specialisation in "Railway Vehicles" for the Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

From the interview DITECFER made to the Florence University emerged that the new Specialisation will last 2 years and consist of 5 Courses: Electric Rail Traction by Prof. Luca Pugi; Railway Vehicles Dynamic by Prof. Andrea Rindi; Railway Vehicles Manufacturing by Prof. Andrea Bracciali; Integrated engineering of Railway Systems by Prof. Andrea Bracciali; Engineering of the Train as a System by Eng. Federico Gherardi (Hitachi Rail Italy).

The new Specialisation will address the needs of Railway Manufacturers; for this an Educational Agreement has been signed with Bombardier Transportation Italy.

 

26/2/2018

EU "PERES" PROJECT LAUNCHED IN BRUSSELS

PERES Label

The "PERES - Promoting European Rail Excellence outSide EU" is the project funded by the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020) for supporting the internationalization of European Rail Supply SMEs in markets beyond EU.
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PERES is a "European Stategic Cluster Partnership for internationalization" (ESCP-4i) and, as such, has awarded the European Commission label in Brussels on February 21st since contributing to the achievement of the European Commission's objectives to support growth, jobs and Investments in Europe.

The PERES project is coordinated by DITECFER and its partners are i-Trans (France), BTS (Germany), Rail Alliance (United Kingdom) and BSN/RCSEE (South-Eastern Europe countries).
More than 500 the European SMEs operating in the Rail Supply industry involved in the project.

The kick-off meeting of the PERES project took place on February 23rd in Brussels at the Tuscany Region Liaison Office with EU.


For more info on PERES:
- follow us on Twitter: @PeresProject
- read the dedicated page on our website;
- read the dedicated pages on the European Cluster Collaboration Portal website.


(The Ceremony of Label Awarding and the European ESCP-4i Coordinators)
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(Team PERES - from left: Robert Hopkin, The Rail Alliance; Mareike Walter and Dirk Ulrich Krueger, BTS Rail Saxony; Marko Radovic, BSN/RCSEE; Angelina Boulard, i-Trans; Veronica Elena Bocci, DITECFER; Dragoljub Rajic, BSN/RCSEE)
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Date calendar: 26/2/2018

 

8/10/2017

"RSSRAIL 2017" IN PISTOIA (NOV 14-16) | INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RELIABILITY SAFETY AND SECURITY OF RAILWAY SYSTEMS

Pistoia and DITECFER will host the RSSRail2017, the International Conference on Reliability, Safety and Security of Railway Systems promoted and organised by University of Newcastle and University of Florence, whose last edition was held in Paris.

A three-day "working conference" where all the latest european results of R&S on such topics will be presented to the european industries for possible market uptakes.

An 'active event' with Speeches, Exhibitions, Tutorials, Posters area, Social events in special places and a Technical Visit in one of the largest Rolling Stock Testing Laboratory in Europe owned by Italian State Railways will take place from November 14th to 16th in Pistoia, the "Italian Capital of Railways", not only of Culture.

Find out the Conference Programme, the Invited Talks, the Tutorials, the Posters on show, as well as:

- all info for the 3-days Attendance

- ** NEW ** Daily attendance: discover the "DITECFER Packages" (formato PPSX - dimensione 2 Mb) more suitable to you and register for attendance (formato DOCX - dimensione 23 Kb)

- for the Tutorials on Nov 14th: if you are an Italian Engineer and wish to obtain the "CFP", register yourself at the event through this link

- all info about Hotels and bookings. You can reach Pistoia flying to Firenze (30kms; suggested transport mode: by taxi), Pisa (50kms; suggested transport mode: by train or taxi) and Bologna (115kms; suggested transport mode: by train).


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Date calendar: 14/11/2017

 

15/9/2017

4TH FORUM DITECFER AT 'EXPO FERROVIARIA' MILAN | 3RD OCTOBER 15-18

4TH FORUM DITECFER

What happens when a "radical" innovation in the Railway sector requests modifications of the current specifications in order to enter the market? Should the innovation "stop" or can the specifications be amended? And if yes, what is the procedure to apply?
Very concrete questions we will answer in order to create awareness to Italian Innovative Companies: not only Companies operating in the Railway sector since longtime but even more startups and 'outsiders' needing an important clarification on the issue.
We will mainly focus on the so-called "Innovative Solutions" in the TSI, the Technical Specifications for Interoperability defined at EU level. We will discuss about it together with the JU Shift2Rail that is promoting the major R&D activities in the Railway sector ever made in Europe, with the EU Agengy for Railways, the Italian National Agency for Railway Safety, the FSI Group, ANIE ASSIFER, CIFI and other key stakeholders.
The FORUM DITECFER aims to be helpful to the Italian Railway Indsutry through "more awareness" about the rules and their possible modifications.

(EVENT HELD IN ITALIAN LANGUAGE ONLY)

Download the Program clicking here (formato PDF - dimensione 618 Kb)
Compulsory registration clicking here
Your free entry at Expo Ferroviaria (you need it to join the 4TH FORUM) clicking here


 

Date calendar: 3/10/2017

 

24/6/2017

DITECFER AT THE CONFERENCE INDIA-ITALY AT METEF 2017

Cooperation India-Italia

THE ALUMINIUM TECHNOLOGIES CREATE A BRIDGE BETWEEN ITALY AND INDIA

The forum on cultural and trade exchanges between Italy and India highlighted the outstanding presence of Indian operators at Metef. The Italian manufacturers of products and technologies are at the forefront of the partnership with the Asiatic country, which is the world’s largest producer of primary aluminium and is undergoing a fast economic and social growth.

June 24th 2017 – India is a major producer of aluminium, Italy is a major producer of aluminium processing technologies: this alliance benefits both. This was the focus of the international meeting organized by Art Valley in association with AL Circle and AL, chaired by Francesca Bruni and Alberto Cavicchiolo, president of Shonagon, and held yesterday during Metef, the exhibition of the aluminium and innovative metals industry currently under way in Verona. Institutions and entrepreneurs of both countries – historically connected since the times of the Roman Empire in terms of knowledge as well as cultural and commercial exchange – took part at the meeting. Gloria Gangte, delegate for the economic affairs at the Indian embassy in Italy, stressed this aspect during her opening speech and underlined the global growth of the world’s greatest democracy, now the third global economy, in purchasing power parity terms, and among the first three in terms of GDP within 2030. “The Indian manufacturing industry ranks sixth among the most developed countries with a USD559 billion turnover, having reached electricity production surplus in 2015. India boasts the world’s second longest motorway network (5.5 million km) and the fourth railway network (114 million km), and this is one of the most promising sectors for Italy in India, currently present with about 600 companies, USD350 million of direct investments and a trade exchanges of USD7.5 million in 2016 (+2.7% over 2015).”
Maurizio Sala, President of Amafond, added that “the Indian metallurgical industry is a crucial market for the Italian manufacturers of machinery and products” and was supported in his comment by Piero Starita of Laviosa Group, protagonist of an Italian-Indian joint venture that has been able to produce in India the additives needed during the foundry cycle nowadays exported to both Europe and the in all Asia and Australia. Franco Zanardi, Vice-President of Assofond, reaffirmed the great prospects of the Italy-India relationship: “After the recent Global Summit, I have visited 14 Indian foundries and I was struck by their metallurgical competence. With Sinfonet, the network promoted by the Region Veneto, we are going to develop application-oriented research mainly focussing on aluminium and steel light alloys with the aim of supplying machinery and technological competence to the Indian entrepreneurs.” The railway division offers great prospects: this is what declared Claudio Mafioletti of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in India that backed Consorzio Ditecfer, in which FS Group holds an interest, to develop partnership projects in partnership with the Indian ministry of railways.
Veronica Bocci, coordinator of Ditecfer, explained that Italy is interested in the “make with India”, that is producing “bottom-up” solutions with the Indians developed for the global improvement of the railway, the trains and the railway safety. “We have planned retrofitting interventions to upgrade 40,000 carriages and to improve safety and safety standards on 11,000 miles of railway network”: this is what declared Carmine Zappacosta, CEO of Italcertifer (FS Group), a cluster of four universities that supports Italfer in the development of railway projects: “We aim at being suppliers of technology but also providers of the freight and passenger transport services because, unlike general certification bodies, we are the first ambassadors in the world of culture and of railway safety standards.”
The debate also involved some protagonists of the Indian entrepreneurial class such as Harssha Shetty, delegate of Vedanta, the world’s largest producer of aluminium with a 2.7 million tpa output, this year for the first time at Metef: “We need basic competence in terms of research and technique and we believe Italy is a country that can offer much, since it needs much: the aluminium consumption in your Country has increased by twelve times over the last twenty years and the next generation will need 18 million tons of aluminium, only half of which coming from recycling. You need to intervene at a political level, also on the European arena, to lower import duties on this eco-sustainable raw material that is the material of the future.”

METEF
esprithb - Milano
E-mail: monique.hemsi@esprithb.it

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Date calendar: 24/6/2017

 

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