Cashing benefits of automated train operation requires more than tech developments – Interview with Alfons Schaafsma, ProRail

Cashing benefits of automated train operation requires more than tech developments – Interview with Alfons Schaafsma, ProRail

Alfons Schaafsma is Advisor Innovation and Development at ProRail. He will speak about Automated Train Operation – an important building block for modern railways during the Cargo Innovation Conference, which will take place on Jun 07, 2018, at Maaspoort, Venlo, The Netherlands.

What drives you?

I have been working in the railway industry for more than 30 years. The need to modernize is maybe more evident than has ever been. The demands e.g. sustainability, facilitating the growth of mobility, increase, while competing modes are innovating fast. Continue reading “Cashing benefits of automated train operation requires more than tech developments – Interview with Alfons Schaafsma, ProRail”

UCA to alter longstanding cost metrics & business patterns in entire cargo industry – Anthony Pizarro, Romaeris

Anthony Pizarro

UCA to alter longstanding cost metrics & business patterns in entire cargo industry – Interview with Anthony Pizarro, Romaeris

Anthony Pizarro is President of Romaeris Corporation. He has played a role in the creation or development of four companies, is an expert reviewer of business plans for two funding agencies promoting technology companies, and has sat on the boards of a number of public and private companies and nonprofit organizations. On Mar 20, he will speak about The Economics of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

What drives you?

I am passionate about the potential of technology to create a world with new opportunities and wealth for everyone; at the same time I believe we must always be aware of potential unanticipated social problems when previous ways of life are disrupted. Continue reading “UCA to alter longstanding cost metrics & business patterns in entire cargo industry – Anthony Pizarro, Romaeris”

Autonomy and connectivity are the themes for the future of aviation – Kyle Snyder, NGAT Consortium

Kyle Snyder

Autonomy and connectivity are the themes for the future of aviation – Interview with Kyle Snyder, NGAT Consortium

Kyle Snyder is NextGen Air Transportation Consortium Director, NGAT Consortium at North Carolina State University, USA. He will speak about Integrating UAS for Healthcare Package Delivery in North Carolina at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on 20 March 2018 at the North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

Despite not being a pilot or an aerospace engineer, Kyle has developed a reputation for research leadership and comprehensive knowledge of the impacts of modern technology on the aviation transportation system. Kyle has focused on supporting the broad integration of UAS into the national airspace for routine, commercial applications since 2000. In 2015 he secured North Carolina State University’s position on the FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence ASSURE Alliance. He continues to work with industry, government, and academic institutions to support the transition of research and new technologies from laboratories into operational aerospace products.

What drives you?

I have been committed to developing UAS technologies and supporting UAS integration into the national airspace system since 2000. Accessing the 3rd dimension through aviation technologies presents so many opportunities for economic impact, research and discovery, and personal enrichment (the view is always rewarding). Seeing aviation technologies move from the laboratory into routine operational applications is always exciting. Continue reading “Autonomy and connectivity are the themes for the future of aviation – Kyle Snyder, NGAT Consortium”

Drones to drive separation of living space on land and moving space in the sky – Hiroshi Irie, SkyWings

Hiroshi Irie

Drones to drive separation of living space on land and moving space in the sky – Hiroshi Irie, SkyWings

Hiroshi Irie will speak about World and Japan drone market at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on March 20 2018, at North Carolina Global TransPark, USA.

Hiroshi Irie is COO of SkyWings Inc. He has 10 years in business planning of optical lenses at HOYA Corporation, and has a relationship with the drone industry. After that he started working for SkyWings and will work for domestic and foreign companies in drone industry. Continue reading “Drones to drive separation of living space on land and moving space in the sky – Hiroshi Irie, SkyWings”

Unmanned urban trains, a reality in 5 to 10 years – Interview with Burkhard Stadlmann, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Unmanned urban trains, a reality in 5 to 10 years – Interview with Burkhard Stadlmann, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Burkhard Stadlmann is Professor of Automation Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. He will speak at the Unmanned Cargo Ground Vehicle Conference, on June 14, 2017, in Venlo, The Netherlands. His speech gives an overview of the different applications of automatic train driving and their challenges for automatic driving on rails. The biggest challenge autonomous trains are open access tracks, which can be found in populated areas which need a high level of sense and avoid.

“Safety in different situations with the train is our major challenge. Even the weather can have a lot of impact on train operations. Think of high winds that can cause snapped trees over the tracks, ice and even wet tracks have a negative impact. Trains need long braking distances in an emergency, which is not always available,” explains Burkhard Stadlmann. “There are different applications regarding the various lines and the different transport modes (passenger, freight, long distance, regional, urban, etc.) that require special techniques. This is also challenging for the many different sensors aboard a train.” Continue reading “Unmanned urban trains, a reality in 5 to 10 years – Interview with Burkhard Stadlmann, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria”

Smaller unmanned ships attractive & environmentally friendly – Interview with Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, SINTEF Ocean

Smaller unmanned ships attractive & environmentally friendly – Interview with Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, SINTEF Ocean

Ørnulf Jan Rødseth is Senior Scientist at SINTEF Ocean in Trondheim, Norway and studies the development of transport over water with small unmanned ships. In his view, smaller unmanned ships are more economical and also environmentally friendly. He will talk at the Unmanned Cargo Ship Conference on June 13, 2017, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

“Bigger ships are more economical, simply because of their more efficient use of fuel and smaller crews required. But this has a limit as they have a draught that limits their possibilities in shallow waters,” according to Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, senior scientist at SINTEF Ocean in Trondheim, Norway. “Trondheim is the centre of a national project on testing fully or partial unmanned ships. Fully automated and smaller ships allow far more flexible transport systems. On top of that the smaller ships can be cleaner for the environment, as they make use of batteries or fuel cells. However, the ships have to be integrated into the complete transport system and the ‘last mile’ from quay to user must be incorporated.” Continue reading “Smaller unmanned ships attractive & environmentally friendly – Interview with Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, SINTEF Ocean”