Reading Paul Darlington's article in Rail Engineer magazine this month, he reports back from this year's Royal Society European City of Science festival in Manchester, which featured Marie Kipling, team leader for signalling and telecoms for WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, speaking about 'the next big things' in rail and the opportunities and challenges these presented.
Kipling suggested that we should expect greater automation of the rail system, with advances in driverless trains, safety systems and capacity positioning.
The movement of the rail network onto IP-based communications was highlighted as a positive advance, with increased cyber security on the railways.
New advances in wireless technology and telecoms within high speed rail is another exciting area of development and will present challenges and opportunities for the rail industry to develop a new and specialised skills base.
The ALLEN & YORK rail recruitment team are currently working on a number of projects, involving telecoms and systems engineers, design engineers and BIM modellers, we are looking to speak to individuals with these skills, as the demand increases for tech skilled rail professionals.
If you are currently looking for a new opportunity contact Lisa Newman, head of rail and transportation at ALLEN & YORK.
Further reading 'Delivering the Digital Railway' Rail Engineer