News & Case Studies

19 September 2017

Smart Infrastructure Overview Report – Rail Alliance Member Networking Event

September Rail Alliance Members Networking Meeting opened our investigations into this high profile theme.

An all-encompassing subject, our four expert speakers delivered fascinating views of how the rail industry is forward looking in its delivery of more joined up infrastructure. More than just aspirations and vision, real operational and commercial benefits are now identified and targeted as advancing technology and intelligent information management all leads to the ultimate goal of optimal passenger experience.

Lucas Young at Smart Infra

Lucas Young, Business Development Manager, Northern Europe, Axis Communications

Hosted by Axis Communications at their state-of-the-art Luton HQ, we first learned the functional benefits identified within the RSSBs recently published Capability Delivery Plan, its foundation in the Rail Technical Strategy. The RSSBs Trevor Bradbury set the scene for what is possible, with data capture and management central to a more intelligent rail network. Assets being understood within their environments in real time will provide more predictable events and thereby better considered, personalised passenger outcomes. This reaches out in the broadest sense of integration, beyond just the rail infrastructure in isolation.

Perpetuum are at the forefront of converting captured data to portable knowledge and intelligence to assure Fleet performance. Commercial Director Justin Southcombe presented a convincing argument for where the opportunities lie for companies in developing solutions that maximise untapped opportunities, and in comparison with overseas advancement how UK companies are still well positioned to capture profitable market share.

Following lively networking between delegates and some excellent Q&A (and cakes) the session continued with a look into some of the Government supported research being undertaken by the UKRRIN. Its representative here was Dr. Joel Smethurst of Southampton University, who captivated our audience in his overview of Geophysical condition monitoring. This literally explored our topic from the ground up and gave a fascinating insight to the hidden challenges posed by the natural environment in delivering predictive civil engineering solutions.

Closing the session was our host representative, Lucas Young. Axis Communications deliver a broad range of CCTV and surveillance solutions which monitor behaviour to model passenger movement trends in rail environments. The most unfortunate and sobering of these situations is the frequency of suicides on the railway, the cost and disruptive nature of which is sadly a considerable factor for station and route efficiency. The prevention of these events is increasingly understood however through development of intelligent and predictive monitoring systems.

Compelling closing debate confirmed this topic will be popular when it is taken forward into our events calendar for 2018. With so much opportunity for business and technology in its scope we are already sketching out Smart Infrastructure don’t miss out, watch this space!

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