Japan Railway & Transport Review No. 63 (p51-p53)
Hosting ISO/TC 269 Second Plenary Meeting in Japan
Established in 2012, the International Organization for Standardization/Technical Committee (ISO/TC) 269 handles standardization of products and services related to railways. Japan is the current chair and Germany is the secretariat. The First Plenary Meeting was held in Berlin in 2012, adopting resolutions on the committee name, scope of work, and three ad hoc groups for preparing new work item proposals. The date for the Second Plenary Meeting in Tokyo was set as November 2013 and this article reports the results of that meeting.
|ISO/TC 269 Outline and Role of Railway International Standards Center|
Previously, railways ISO standards have been developed individually under the guidance of TC 17 (steel) for rails, wheels and other such hardware, and TC 43 (acoustics) for noise-related issues. Consequently, ISO/TC 269 was established to focus development on railway-related standards in one committee. As a fledgling group, this TC is still considering its strategic plan, organization configuration, and ideas on administration. However, it has already started developing generic and individual standards, such as a standard for on-board heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
|Photo: Plenary Meeting participants
Photo: Opening Greeting by RTRI Director Norimichi Kumagai
Table 1: Plenary Meeting and Technical Visit Schedule
|Summary of ISO/TC 269 Second Plenary Meeting|
The ISO/TC 269 Second Plenary Meeting was held from 20 to 22 November at the Nomura Conference Plaza in Shinjuku, Tokyo. There were 36 participants, comprising the chair, secretary, representatives from eight countries, and three related bodies. The schedule is shown in Table 1.
|Photo: Technical visit to Tokyo General Rolling Stock Center|
|First Level Heading Visit|
|Holding this international meeting in Tokyo provided an ideal opportunity to introduce Japanese railways to railway representatives from other countries. Consequently, JR East assisted with a technical visit to the Technical Training Center for Signal and Communication Technology and Track Maintenance at the Omiya Branch Office.|
|The ISO/TC 269 Second Plenary Meeting hosted by Japan came to a successful conclusion with various results, such as specifying standardization work and establishing new ad hoc groups and agreeing that France will host the third meeting in December 2014. With this in mind, Japan pledges to do its best to promote development of international standards for railways. I would like to express my deep gratitude to everyone who kindly cooperated in staging the meeting.|
Mr Tanaka is a Director of the International Standards Center at the Railway Technical Research Institute. He has held several prominent positions such as Senior Technical Adviser at the International Railway Union (Paris) prior to assuming his current position in 2010.