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Railway signaling and automation activities have reached a new level of maturity.

By on 15/05/2014

Rémi Ollion, Practice Manager – Railway at Altran.

What is your function in the Altran group and what are your responsibilities?

Rémi Ollion: I am the Practice Manager in charge of railway signalling and automation development within the Technical Department of Altran Paris.

My job involves determining client needs, as well as anticipating technological progress and proposing solutions to address these changing trends. I also participate in identifying and federating the key players in the sector and forging relationships with our partners in other areas. Our goal is to establish Altran as a recognised player in the sector.

In your opinion, what are the main challenges facing the “railway industry”?

Rémi Ollion: In the last few years, railway signaling and automation activities have reached a new level of maturity. New standards that were unimaginable just a few years ago are emerging, such as the introduction of Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) products for urban railway and European Rail Traffic Management Systems (ERTMS) on the main European lines. This means that competition is becoming more open and more intense. Sector players must maintain high standards while drastically cutting prices, which means optimising development approaches.

What advantages does Altran’s solution offer the Group’s railway clients?

Rémi Ollion: We provide  a range of key offers tailored to meet our clients’ specific engineering-systems, critical-software or safety needs, and thanks, in part, to our collaboration with Altran UK, efficient solutions geared to optimise processes and reduce risk.

Because of our knowledge of the business, we can take charge of the development of some parts of our clients’ projects. Our ability to deploy teams experienced in dealing with railway-signaling constraints, coupled with our quality off-shore solutions, enables us to achieve the competitive productivity levels required by our customers.

Finally, what are your key assets that will help you to succeed in this role?

Rémi Ollion: I’ve worked in the signalling and automation field for more than ten years now, and held many different positions. I started as a developer, then went on to become a test and commissioning manager, a system manager, and a technical manager for international signalling bids.

I have strong technical skills, as well as a good understanding of what customers in this area need and want. I am also experienced in negotiating acceptable prices and delays with all of the players involved in our clients’ projects.

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