Digital technology is transforming the rail industry, streamlining operations, and creating an attractive environment for passengers, but the journey is just beginning… 

Global demand for transport is growing fast and the coming years will see fundamental changes in the way rail networks function and in the services that can be offered. 

To improve mobility and reduce costs, the industry is looking to innovative digital services to optimize performance, increase energy efficiency and boost the attractiveness of rail.

Join our Digital Think Tank to discuss…



What long-term challenges is the Rail Transportation industry facing as a result of the pandemic?

How can we leverage emerging technologies to improve crowd control & sanitization, and create seamless customer experiences?

How can we go green while reducing costs?



Speaker 1

VP, Integrated Communication & Supervision Business Line and Ground Transportation Systems France at Thales


After having graduated from “Ecole Polytechnique” & Engineering School of Paris Telecom, Benoît Couture spent 10 years at France Telecom (currently Orange), in various positions first at regional level, and then at national level. In 1997, he went to the private sector industry, Dassault, and became Marketing Director, and later, Managing Director of Telecommunication Business Unit. In 2003, he joined Thales in Air Traffic Management Systems activities as Customer Support Bids & Marketing Director. Then during 10 years he managed different Thales activities in Military Airborne field, in Paris and Bordeaux, with key account customers such as Dassault, Airbus, Saab, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Sukhoi, and French Ministry of Defense. In 2017, he then moved to Thales Ground Transportation Systems activities as Vice-President, leading the worldwide Integrated Communications and Supervision Business Line. This Business Line provides full communication solutions to Transport Authorities and Transport operators, for urban and national needs. This global Business Line has team in more than 22 countries, including 7 digital competence centers.



Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group provides its customers – businesses, organisations and governments – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions. Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2020 the Group generated sales of €17 billion.