1st EAB Workshop

1st EAB Workshop

The first External Advisory Board (EAB) workshop of the INFRALERT project was held on the 23rd September 2015, at the Fraunhofer Office in Brussels (Belgium).

Six of the eight current EAB members attended the meeting:

  • Antonio Pérez de Arenaza, from Acciona Concesiones (Spain)
  • Gerhard Eberl, from ASFiNAG (Austria)
  • Henk Samson, from Strukton Rail (Netherlands)
  • José Díez, from European Union Road Federation, ERF (Belgium)
  • Pascal Rossigny, from CEREMA (France)
  • Tom Tivey, from Network Rail (United Kingdom)

The objective of the meeting was to discuss about the project objectives and approach, potential benefits and related requirements of the INFRALERT project. Discussion was underpinned by the results of a related questionnaire, which was answered by the EAB members in advance. This questionnaire will shortly be available on the INFRALERT website where further stakeholders will be invited to share their opinion regarding the INFRALERT project.

The INFRALERT’s partners presented the EAB members the background and main technology concepts of the project, as well as the initially identified functional and technical requirements. There was a very fruitful and active discussion during the whole meeting. Many useful recommendations were received and concrete actions to follow were agreed. For instance, visits at premises of some EAB members will be undertaken to look at and analyse maintenance planning processes and existing systems and tools, which helps to specify the INFRALERT system architecture.

The next EAB workshop will be held mid 2016, once the first developments of the project are finished.