Rail and Metro Innovators rewarded at SmartRail Europe.(SmartRail World)

The votes have all been counted and the winners of the second annual SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards 2017 have been announced. After a threemonth process this continent-wide search for the most innovative products, projects, solutions and apps for rail and metro in Europe, we finally have our winners, both of whom received their awards at this week’s SmartRail Europe in Amsterdam.

The winner of the Public Transport App of the Year 2017 was Masabi’s JustRide app, which signals the end of ticket lines, lost tickets and fumbling for cash by allowing passengers to quickly and securely buy and display tickets on their mobile phones.

Speaking on the announcement of their win James A. Gooch, Head of Marketing at Masabi said:

“We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to be awarded by such an esteemed panel of judges, at one of the transport industries most prestigious awards. Being recognised for the innovative work we are doing to help improve the passenger experience and bring innovation, data insight and cost savings to transport providers is something we are very proud of. Masabi’sJustRide mobile ticketing platform has defined the standard in mobile ticketing deployments, delighting passengers and transport providers alike and the list of cities and transport networks around the world where the JustRide mobile ticketing solution is being deployed continues to grow.”

Runner up was lezzgo & BLS AG with their LezzGo app with Glow New Media’s – My Train Journey being voted Highly Commended

Operational Performance Innovation of the year 2017 was secured by AMA Xpert Eye for their Smart-glasses for rail workers.

On winning the award AMA Europe Director, Thomas Waendendries, said: 

Everyone at AMA is overwhelmed on receiving the Smart Rail Europe Awards in the Operational Performance Innovation of the year category. It is for us a true achievement and a tremendous recognition of our work and product: Xpert Eye, a videoconferencing solution for smart glasses. With this award, we intend to develop our activities in the rail industry and continue improving maintenance effectiveness.”

Runner Up: Glow New Media with their Rail Commander App and Command Dashboard with Pantograph Collision Assessment System (PANDAS) from Transmission Dynamics.

Passenger Innovation of the Year 2017 was secured by RADWIN – FiberinMotion for their Next Generation Train-to-Ground Solution which delivers capacity of 500 Mbps user throughput to trains, – unparalleled in the industry.

On their triumph Nir Hayzler, VP Strategic Industries at RADWIN stated:

“RADWIN is excited to be the winner of Passenger Innovation of the Year award at Smartrail 2017 with its FiberinMotion Train-to-Ground solution. The ability to provide 500Mbps for trains on the move opens a new world of possibilities to the operators, with the potential to enhance passenger satisfaction, differentiate from their competition and even generate new sources of revenues. The Wi-Fi network deployed by MaximaTelecom and RADWIN in Moscow Metro, has set a new industry standard for public transportation Wi-Fi service, winning multiple awards globally.”

Runner Up was NOMAD with Live TV on ÖBB rail project during Euro 2016 with Passengera’s Wi-Fi enabled on-board Infotainment platform for Rhätische Bahn being voted Highly Commended.

Our final category, Project of the Year 2017, was won by Network Rail for their Trainborne Data Capture Supporting Automated Signal Sighting.


David Shipman, Innovations Engineering Manager, Signalling Innovations Group, Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, said,on winning the award:

“It’s an honour to receive this award on behalf of all the team involved in developing the tools and processes that contribute to our surveying and sighting process.  These tools are providing real value to our resignalling projects, but also offer benefits across all disciplines and for the digital rail future, and far from being a final outcome, they form the basis for further exciting opportunities.  Brought together in this way a number of innovative developments provide a service that achieves a tangible reduction in the costs and timescales of upgrading the railway, and makes an essential contribution to our overriding safety aim of getting everyone home safe every day.”

Runner Up was Arriva UK Trains and Chiltern Railways with their Continuously Connected Customer WI-FI with Firstco’s Stansted Airport London Track Transit System (TTS) Upgrade being voted Highly Commended.

Judging Panel:

  • Ian Wright, Head of Insight, Transport Focus
  • Armand Toubol, Vice President, New Opera
  • Prof. Dr. Raphael Pfaff, Chair of Rail Engineering, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
  • Rafael Cuesta, Head of Innovation, Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Nina Gaubert, Rail Digital Services, Telecoms, Tech & Data, Department for Transport UK
  • Oliver Drewes, Director European Union Liaison Office, Nederlandse Spoorwegen NS (Dutch Railways) 

Judges quotes:

  • “Smart Rail Europe Innovation Awards winners 2017 show convincingly how the rail sector can lead in service to passengers and in operational performance” – Oliver Drewes, Director European Union Liaison Office, Nederlandse Spoorwegen NS (Dutch Railways)
  • “This is a great range of projects – developing new and existing technologies to improve the passenger experience.” Nina Gaubert, Rail Digital Services, Telecoms, Tech & Data, Department for Transport UK
  • “I was very impressed with the breadth of innovation in European rail and Metro, focusing on what matters for the customer and advancing the industry into the future with some fabulous projects.” Rafael Cuesta, Head of Innovation, Transport for Greater Manchester
  • “I feel that it is great to have the opportunity in SmartRail to put forward the efforts of teams that are enhancing the performance and the safety, improving the customer experience and developing important projects. All of them contribute to the progress towards a more sustainable transport system more attractive for our freight and passenger traffics. It is an excellent idea to have this award during the SmartRail conference.” Armand Toubol, Vice President, New Opera

Chair of the judges, Luke Upton, Editor of SmartRail World added;

“The competition was very close once again, and it has been fantastic to see such a variety of entries from across the continent. The rail and metro industry is now very much open for business, and entries from large multinationals to start-ups further highlight this.”

The winners received their trophies at a ceremony at the end of the first day of SmartRail Europe, Wednesday 5th April in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Award Details

  • Public Transport App of the Year. Apps have quickly become an important part of passenger communication and engagement for most transit agencies. To reflect this, we have launched a search for the best app currently on offer to transit passengers in Europe. Our panel of SmartRail World editorial professionals and a selected user group of public transport users will assess each app in terms of quality of the idea (including creativity and originality), implementation of the idea (including design), usability and the improvement it has on passenger experience. Open for App designers and companies.

Winner: Masabi – JustRide

Second Place: lezzgo & BLS AG – LezzGo

Third Place: Glow New Media – My Train Journey

  • Operational Performance Innovation of the year. Have you got a technology that is improving the operational performance of a rail network? Perhaps it’s a tool for predictive maintenance or condition based monitoring. An improved piece of signalling and train control technology. Or a next generation communication network. Maybe it’s a new way of capturing or analysing key data. If your product improves the efficiency and management of a rail or metro network, we want to hear from you. Open for solutions providers (hardware or software)

Winner: AMA Xpert Eye (Smart-glasses for rail workers)

Runner Up: Glow New Media (Rail Commander App and Command Dashboard)

Highly Commended: Pantograph Collision Assessment System (PANDAS) – Transmission Dynamics

  • Passenger Innovation of the Year. The demands of the passenger are changing, and keeping pace with the change is a challenge for rail and metro operators. But with challenge comes great opportunity from smart ticketing to on-board Wi-Fi and entertainment through to station innovations and overall passenger experience. Do you have a technology that helps improve the passenger experience? Or increases revenue opportunities for the operator? Open for solutions providers (hardware or software).

Winner: RADWIN – FiberinMotion (NG Train-to-Ground Solution)

Runner Up: NOMAD (Live TV on ÖBB rail)

Highly Commended: Passengera (Wi-Fi enabled on-board Infotainment platform for Rhätische Bahn)

  • Project of the Year. Recognizes new developments and ways of thinking in improving and increasing efficiency in rail and metro project delivery and management. With a particular focus on projects that have helped deliver a safer, more reliable network, increased capacity, boosted ridership or improved passenger experience. We welcome entrants from public transport agencies, rail operators as well as solutions providers. Open for rail and metro operators.

Winner: Network Rail (Trainborne Data Capture Supporting Automated Signal Sighting)

Runner Up: Arriva UK Trains and Chiltern Railways – (Continuously Connected Customer WIFI)

Highly Commended: Firstco – (Stansted Airport London Track Transit System (TTS) Upgrade)

Notes: SmartRail World Innovation Awards are organised and managed by team behind the leading rail and metro technology news website www.smartrailworld.com and SmartRail Europe www.smartraileurope.com .