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FuTRO £500k Feasibility Prize Challenges Launch 4th November 2013

FuTRO & The Rail Technical Strategy

The Rail Technical Strategy sets out a vision for a future railway of advanced traffic management ensuring that train position and speed management delivers a high capacity, on-time railway - not to the minute, but to a handful of seconds.  This will enable a timetable tailored to the needs of the customer, using tighter planning headways from improved understanding of train performance and data sharing with the control system.  The delivery of this vision requires a significant step change in technology and operational practice and the FuTRO (Future Traffic Regulation Optimisation) programme is using open innovation to find the capabilities that are needed.

The potential prize from delivery of the FuTRO vision is many £billions.  If you can help provide automatic, real time optimisation across the whole network then there is a share of those cost savings for your business.  This event marks the launch of the first two challenges: -


  • The Universal Data Challenge
  • The Supermap Challenge

At the launch event, you will be able to hear presentations and ask questions of the Future Railway Team, find out more about the open innovation process and FuTRO programme and meet other interested parties.

Process and Prizes



Following on from the event, you will be invited to apply for innovative and interesting ways to address these challenges. Five applicants for each challenge will be selected and will be offered: 

  • Support for the development of feasibility and subsequent demonstration projects
  • It is envisaged that feasibility studies will be funded in the range £25k-100k
  • It is envisaged that demonstrator projects will be funded in the range of £150k - 400k

For more information on the competition and the event click here

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