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Unique opportunity for UK sensor suppliers to explore problems in the buoyant rail sector

UK rail seeks innovative solutions

Register your interest now in a workshop that addresses this - and much more!

The UK rail sector is seeing unprecedented levels of investment with billions being spent every year improving the mainline railway network, London Underground and light rail systems. 

The high level of investment is matched by a desire for improved efficiency and much of this efficiency will come through innovation. 

Representatives from outside the rail supply chain are invited to come along on the 14th May, and find out how your technologies could address the wheel/track interface and assist trains in braking and/or acceleration.  

A session specifically on this, entitled "Opportunities for remote sensing and big data analytics in measuring and predicting the impact of micro-climate changes on rail operations" will be run by senior representatives of the train operating companies including ATOC.

It's not just 'leaves on the line'

The Rail sector is actively seeking solutions to problems which may already have been solved by other sectors, and one such problem is ensuring consistent and predictable levels of adhesion between the wheel and the rail.  Without this it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to deliver reliable train services because of the impact on both braking and acceleration.  This results in customers being delayed and a ‘size of the prize’ measured in tens of millions of pounds annually. 

The problem is not just caused by leaves (see for example this wikipedia entry about "slippery line") but also from moisture, and specific areas of interest are:

  • measuring the level of moisture and/or
  • cleaning the contacting surfaces

.....all this while still trying to maintain a normal service.

Find out more

Representatives of the UK train operators will be presenting this problem at the next Unlocking Innovation in Rail workshop which is being held on 14th May in central London.  This free to attend workshop will be a unique opportunity to explore and discuss the problem first hand and it is just one of the means by which is it becoming easier to engage with the rail sector.   More information and registration instructions can be found here; with 160 registered already, there are still a few places remaining.  Any enquiries should be addressed to the Railway Industry Association innovate@riagb.org.uk.

Who should attend?

 It is anticipated that solutions to the problem will already exist within supply chains for

  • automotive, 
  • aerospace and defence,
  • sensors, electronics, photonics,
  • high value manufacturing and advanced materials, and 
  • building services and modern built environment 

Click here now to register your interest in attending.


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