Altran brings Big Data analytics expertise to support Digital Railway’s Degraded Mode Working System

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Altran brings Big Data analytics expertise to support Digital Railway’s Degraded Mode Working System

Altran is pleased to announce its selection by Network Rail for the next phase of Digital Railway’s COMPASS project for Degraded Mode Working. COMPASS (DMWS) has the potential to revolutionise the customer experience on Britain’s railways, by making signalling-related delays a thing of the past. As a true ‘hot standby’ that is physically and technologically separate from existing signalling systems, COMPASS will dramatically improve efficiency during a signalling failure by enabling continuity of service without time-consuming manual intervention.

Based around its ground breaking VueForge® platform, Altran’s COMPASS project will use a combination of satellite positioning and wireless communications to ensure resilience and operational flexibility, while providing signallers with greatly improved visibility of any network problems or traffic disruptions. Advanced and innovative data analytics will gather information from a range of sources to allow safe and efficient passage of multiple vehicles through a temporary block working area. A flexible and simple user interface, both for the driver and the signaller, will dramatically simplify installation and training costs.

Having successfully completed two earlier parts of the project, Altran has now commenced work to demonstrate the solution at Network Rail’s test facility by early in 2018. Sponsored by Network Rail and RSSB under an innovative new tender process (SBRI), Altran has undertakenthe earlier phases of the project and is now selected as the sole supplier, working with a number of key partners and small businesses to deliver the final solution.

Mike Simms, Chief Executive Officer of Altran UK, said: “Altran is proud to collaborate with Network Rail on this exciting and innovative project. A project such as COMPASS allows Altran to demonstrate the very best in high value engineering design, taking advantage of over thirty years work with major companies across industry sectors. Altran’s agile and innovative approach to systems engineering will continue to be applied, ensuring that COMPASS revolutionises the handling of failures on the UK railway and delivers maximum benefit for passengers with minimal cost. It further shows the value of Altran’s VueForge® solution in helping clients in all industries create value from the data available to them.”

John Collins, Senior Programme Manager, Network Rail (NR) said: “The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) process has allowed a large number of innovative technical solutions to be evaluated from a diverse group of suppliers over a short period of time in a cost efficient manner. Altran has been successful in securing the early prototype demonstrator which once completed successfully will allow the project to progress to demonstration and deployment subject to business and funding compliance in CP6.”

About Network Rail

Network Rail is jointly developing the COMPASS (DMWS) system with RSSB with the objective of validating the concept and exploiting innovation within the industry in conjunction with commercial off the shelf capabilities and leveraging innovation across the industry through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).

This next stage focusses on the demonstration in a test/laboratory environment which Altran and the other successful supplier outlined in their feasibility studies.

About Altran

As a global leader in Engineering and R&D services (ER&D), Altran offers its clients a new way to innovate by developing the products and services of tomorrow. Altran works alongside its clients on every link in the value chain of their project, from conception to industrialisation. For over thirty years, the Group has provided its expertise to key players in the Aerospace, Automotive, Defence, Energy, Finance, Life Sciences, Railway, and Telecoms sectors, among others. In 2016, the Altran group generated revenues of €2.120bn. With a headcount of more than 30,000 employees, Altran is present in more than 20 countries.

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