Improving safety and security on railways: apply for contracts

4 Sep 2019 09:30 AM

Organisations can apply for a share of £3 million for projects that develop automated examination of tunnels or use analytics to improve station security.

Network Rail is to invest up to £3 million in innovative projects that could help to improve efficiency and safety by automating the examination of rail tunnels and by using data analytics to minimise disruption from security incidents.

The company is responsible for more than 600 tunnels with a combined length of 335km. Examinations are carried out by humans and are expensive, time-consuming and dangerous. Network Rail wants to automate them to make them more efficient and safer.

Incidents in its stations often cause significant delays. Network Rail wants to investigate how it could use data analytics alongside its existing security systems to improve safety and reduce delays.

Funding for the 2 competitions is from Network Rail under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) and managed by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

Find out more about SBRI.

Tunnel examination must be demonstrated on railway

This competition is seeking projects that develop an automated solution for examining tunnels and demonstrate it on the live railway.

The system must:

Competition information

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System must identify a range of security risks

This competition aims to develop systems that can identify loitering, undesirable behaviour, hostile reconnaissance, crowding, and high-risk abandoned objects such as bags and suitcases.

It is in two phases. Phase 1 projects are expected to develop and demonstrate an analytics system using pre-recorded data. Successful projects will be able to trial their ideas in a live station in the second phase.

They must show they can:

Competition information

Find out more about this competition and apply.