Rail Live Americas is a dynamic show with great networking opportunities. When I arrived, I was surprised to see several transit authorities and quite a few Canadian representatives in attendance.
In terms of the conference itself, there was a strong focus on the customer experience, data, and analytics. Another key focus was the need for P3 and funding discussions. Given that transit initiatives can take decades to get underway, and additional decades to complete, funding models and revenue generation elements are key considerations.
There were many exhibitors on the expo floor. Trilogy and Syntony both had a booth presence. It’s been good to connect with them and discuss Canadian opportunities. I also had a great introductory meeting with Fluidmesh Networks to discuss their latest Wayside and Mobility wireless products.
Fluidmesh has a compelling technology that appears to be competitive with the likes of Private LTE and certainly traditional WIFI. I’m looking forward to exploring what Fluidmesh might be able to bring to our clients and markets. Transit is an obvious area, but there is potential for public safety and mining.
It was great to visit Baltimore, Maryland and it's critical to keep a finger on the pulse of the transit industry. I am keen to get back home and back to Cartel, though. With Factory Acceptance Testing happening next week, and new partnerships starting now, we have a busy few weeks ahead!