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RailSense Solutions secures €180,000 ESA co-funding for ground-breaking Satellite Rail Monitoring Study

March 2024

Emsworth, UK – RailSense Solutions Ltd, innovators of advanced railway safety technologies, is delighted to announce its recent €180,000 innovation support from the European Space Agency (ESA). This prestigious award co-funds a 6-9 month feasibility study for the development of a visionary project poised to harness satellite technology for enhanced railway monitoring.

The product aims to integrate satellite imaging, precise location services, advanced weather data, and communication capabilities to revolutionise rail infrastructure monitoring. This cutting-edge solution is expected to usher in a new era for railway safety and efficiency, particularly for local and regional lines.

The study will explore the practicalities and benefits of autonomous on-board positioning systems, meeting the railway domain’s high demands for availability, reliability, and integrity.

This support from the European Space Agency is a testament to our commitment to pioneering the future of rail safety. The integration of satellite technology represents a huge leap forward for the industry, offering an unprecedented level of track monitoring precision and reliability.”
said Tristan Lloyd-Baker of RailSense Solutions.

The project not only reinforces RailSense’s reputation as an innovator but also aligns with ESA’s mission to apply space-based solutions for the betterment of life on Earth. Through this collaboration, RailSense is set to deliver a prototype that could become a standard for rail networks worldwide, significantly improving the safety and sustainability of rail transport.

–ENDS—

About RailSense Solutions Ltd.

RailSense Solutions is a leader in rail safety and infrastructure monitoring, dedicated to developing innovative technologies that enhance the reliability and efficiency of railway operations. With a focus on cutting-edge solutions and sustainability, RailSense is committed to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in rail transport.

www.railsense.co.uk

For further information, please contact Philip Ewen, Marketing Director, [email protected] 

About ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. ESA’s mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

Railsense acquires TestWorks to bolster manufacturing

Railsense Solutions Ltd. has acquired TestWorks, the electronic design, manufacture and test specialists based in Letchworth, England and Dunfermline, Scotland.

The acquisition will provide additional hardware manufacturing capacity, and test capability to RailSense, as they further expand the production of their IoT monitoring products. The increased production comes after several significant product orders from customers and distributors, and follows Network Rail approval for their products. For further information on TestWorks please visit TestWorks.co.uk

RailSense’s TempSense® Receives Network Rail Approval: Advanced Track Safety Monitoring Solution for Rail Networks

Emsworth, UK, 9th June 2023

RailSense Solutions Ltd, the leading innovator in railway safety and maintenance technology, is proud to announce that its cutting-edge TempSense® system has received Network Rail approval for use in the United Kingdom across all line types including high speed switches and crossings. TempSense® is a remote track temperature monitor (RTTMD). It is designed to be installed on a rail network track to regularly monitor and report the temperature of the rail and transmit alerts when critical rail temperatures are reached. 

The TempSense® system is already in use on several UK rail networks, where it has demonstrated its effectiveness in detecting and monitoring track temperatures. With real-time updates and continuous logging capabilities, the system allows rail operators to intelligently plan train speeds, monitor track critical rail temperature (CRT), and keep the railway running as reliably as possible with improved passenger safety.

One of the key benefits of TempSense® is the improved worker safety it provides. The autonomous devices eliminates the need for staff to be on tracks to take and record readings, reducing costs, errors, and risk. The system alerts rail operators to potential issues via mobile devices and a dedicated dashboard, ensuring timely intervention and maintenance when required.

Designed for zero-maintenance and ultra-low power consumption, the TempSense® devices are rechargeable, with the battery lasting > 12 months to further enhance their efficiency and environmental friendliness. The long design life of the devices ensures a lasting investment in rail network safety and reliability.

In addition to monitoring track temperature, RailSense also provides solutions for measuring lateral movement and voiding through their VoidSense® product, and flooding and silt level sensing in drainage assets through TrackWater. Their track based products operate on high-speed lines, with the ability to be used on high-speed switches and crossings, further expanding their applicability across various rail networks.

“The Network Rail approval of our TempSense® system is a significant milestone for RailSense and a testament to the innovation and effectiveness of our technology in enhancing the safety and reliability of rail networks,” said Tristan Lloyd-Baker, Director of RailSense. “We are committed to developing advanced solutions that address the evolving challenges faced by the rail industry, and we are excited to see the positive impact TempSense® will have on rail operations across the UK and beyond.”


About RailSense

RailSense is a leading provider of innovative railway safety and maintenance solutions.
With a focus on developing advanced technologies for the rail industry, RailSense is committed to improving the safety, efficiency, and reliability of rail networks worldwide.
For more information about RailSense and its groundbreaking products, visit www.railsense.co.uk.

Media Contact

Philip Ewen

Marketing Director, RailSense

Phone: 07971 091 976

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.railsense.co.uk

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RailSense’s VoidSense® Receives Network Rail Approval: Advanced Track Safety Monitoring Solution for Rail Networks

Emsworth, UK, 19th May 2023

RailSense, a leading innovator in railway safety and maintenance technology, is proud to announce that its cutting-edge VoidSense® system has received Network Rail approval for use in the United Kingdom across all line types including high speed switches and crossings. VoidSense® is a revolutionary rail track void meter (RTVMD) measuring absolute deflection and track temperature monitor, designed to enhance safety, efficiency, and reliability on rail networks by detecting under-track voids remotely and before the occurrence of failure.

The VoidSense® system is already in use on several UK, European and North American rail networks, where it has demonstrated its effectiveness in detecting and monitoring track movement and voiding, as well as providing real-time temperature monitoring. With real-time updates and continuous logging capabilities, the system allows rail operators to intelligently plan train speeds, prevent track voiding and buckling, and keep the railway running as reliably as possible with improved passenger safety.

Through the combination of temperature, weather, and solar radiation data, RailSense can build a comprehensive picture of the rail network’s condition, providing valuable analytics to assist in the design and maintenance of the rail infrastructure. The continuous detection of void conditions offered by VoidSense® also results in cost savings during maintenance cycles, as voids can be identified long before a settlement or encroachment becomes an issue. The trending of displacement data enables predictive maintenance and the imposition of safe speed limits on relevant sections of the rail network.

One of the key benefits of VoidSense® is the improved worker safety it provides. The autonomous devices eliminate the need for staff to be on tracks to take and record readings, reducing costs, errors, and risk. The system alerts rail operators to potential issues via mobile devices and a dedicated dashboard, ensuring timely intervention and maintenance when required.

Designed for zero-maintenance and ultra-low power consumption, the VoidSense® devices are rechargeable, with solar charging capabilities to further enhance their efficiency and environmental friendliness. The long design life of the devices ensures a lasting investment in rail network safety and reliability.

In addition to monitoring track movement and voiding, VoidSense® includes a temperature monitor to measure both track and ambient temperature. This feature allows the system to operate on high-speed lines, with the ability to be used on high-speed switches and crossings, further expanding its applicability across various rail networks.

“The Network Rail approval of our VoidSense® system is a significant milestone for RailSense and a testament to the innovation and effectiveness of our technology in enhancing the safety and reliability of rail networks,” said Andy Chick, Managing Director of RailSense. “We are committed to developing advanced solutions that address the evolving challenges faced by the rail industry, and we are excited to see the positive impact VoidSense® will have on rail operations across the UK and beyond.”


About RailSense

RailSense is a leading provider of innovative railway safety and maintenance solutions. With a focus on developing advanced technologies for the rail industry, RailSense is committed to improving the safety, efficiency, and reliability of rail networks worldwide. For more information about RailSense and its groundbreaking VoidSense® system, visit www.railsense.co.uk.


Media Contact

Philip Ewen

Marketing Director, RailSense

Phone: 07971 091 976

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.railsense.co.uk

RailSense announces the launch of Flood Detection solution for rail – TrackWater

RailSense, a leading provider of innovative IoT solutions for the rail industry, has announced the launch of TrackWater, a new addition to their suite of railway monitoring and reporting products. TrackWater is a sensor and data-driven product designed to reduce the incidence of flooding on the rail network and improve safety for passengers and operatives.

TrackWater uses IoT sensors and data modelling to better manage and predict the maintenance of railway assets. By proactively managing drainage assets, maintenance costs, flood events, and delay minutes are reduced. This approach improves safety for passengers and operatives, while also reducing the impact of flooding on the rail network.

Utilising technologies pioneered on the highways, TrackWater was developed through a consortium including Network Rail, Lancaster University and Connected Places Catapult.
It was co-funded by the Department of Transport and Innovate UK. The TrackWater technology has now been adapted to meet the need to manage surface water within rail
and reduce the impact of flooding on the network and is Network Rail approved.

TrackWater brings a comprehensive approach to surface water management within rail, utilising advanced technologies and data analysis to provide rail operators with the tools they need to manage their assets more effectively.

Speaking about the launch of TrackWater, RailSense Managing Director Andy Chick said, 

“We are delighted to announce the launch of TrackWater, which is a new and innovative product in our suite of rail products. The use of IoT sensors and data modelling is critical to managing railway assets more effectively and improving safety for all stakeholders. With TrackWater, we are bringing the best of highway management technologies to the rail industry, helping rail operators to reduce maintenance costs and improve safety for their passengers and operatives.”

TrackWater is designed to be user-friendly, with an intuitive interface that makes it easy to monitor the status of drainage assets and predict maintenance needs. By using advanced data analytics, TrackWater can also provide real-time alerts and predictive maintenance recommendations, allowing rail operators to take proactive measures to reduce the impact of flooding on their network.

RailSense’s expertise in IoT and rail technology has already made them a market leader in the rail industry. With the launch of TrackWater, they are continuing to push the boundaries of innovation, bringing new and exciting products to the market that are designed to make rail operations safer, more efficient, and more sustainable.

For more information about TrackWater and other products in the RailSense suite, visit railsense.co.uk.


About RailSense Solutions Ltd.

RailSense Solutions Ltd. supply leading technologies to operators, asset maintenance and infrastructure owners to provide solutions for the condition monitoring and predictive maintenance needs of track and railway infrastructure.

RailSense solutions are used throughout Europe and sit at the heart of infrastructure monitoring, continually measuring and reporting on key infrastructure assets such as track, cabinets, cranes and bridges for parameter changes.

www.railsense.co.uk

The company was spun out of industrial integration specialists i3 Group. www.i3groupsolutions.com

RailSense announces new distributor partnership with Hexagon SCCS to deliver its innovative rail infrastructure monitoring solutions

RailSense are delighted to announce a new UK distribution partnership agreement with SCCS, part of Hexagon, the leading provider of technologically advanced surveying hardware and software equipment. RailSense’s range of monitoring products and IoT devices offer rail professionals innovative ways to understand and manage their infrastructure and will fit seamlessly into the existing SCCS portfolio.

   

Remote condition monitoring has proved its benefits on countless projects, but particularly over the last few years where it has become an essential tool for managing risk. The rail industry has increasingly witnessed the benefits of remote monitoring too as it means less people on track and immediate access to data leading to faster decision making, reduced costs and ultimately a safer, more efficient railway. For infrastructure owners, managers and engineers, convenient access to live and historic data is extremely valuable.

RailSense brings robust hardware and an “Internet of Things” approach to offer real-time monitoring for track geometry, rail temperature and track drainage. The data can be accessed via a secure web portal on any smart device, automated alerts and alarms can be setup and the data can also be integrated into some 3rd part monitoring software. This means that RailSense products can be used standalone or as part of a wider, integrated rail monitoring scheme. These cost-effective solutions offer rail professionals innovative ways to understand and manage their infrastructure.

“We are thrilled to have signed a distribution agreement with RailSense. They have some fantastic monitoring solutions which will be of great benefit to the rail industry and fit perfectly into our portfolio. I look forward to a long and successful relationship with Andy and his colleagues and to further enhancing what we can offer our customers.”

Matt Lock, Rail Sales Manager – Hexagon

Andy Chick, Managing Director – RailSense and Matt Lock, Rail Sales Manager – Hexagon

“RailSense are extremely proud to be partnering with SCCS. Their strong focus on high-quality products, innovation and customer service, coupled with their extensive specialist technical experience make them a perfect partner. We look forward to working with Matt and his team to deliver our innovative rail infrastructure solutions to the UK market.”
Andy Chick, Managing Director – RailSense

ENDS


For further information, please contact:

About RailSense Solutions Ltd.

RailSense Solutions Ltd. supply leading technologies to operators, asset maintenance and infrastructure owners to provide solutions for the condition monitoring and predictive maintenance needs of track and railway infrastructure.

RailSense solutions are used throughout Europe and sit at the heart of infrastructure monitoring, continually measuring and reporting on key infrastructure assets such as track, cabinets, cranes and bridges for parameter changes.

www.railsense.co.uk

The company was spun out of industrial integration specialists i3 Group. www.i3groupsolutions.com

About SCCS

SCCS, part of Hexagon, is an authorised distributor and a flagship business for both the rental and sale of Leica Geosystems solutions. 

Taking pride in the extensive range of high-quality products and level of service offered, SCCS is known for providing the most comprehensive range of technologically advanced hardware and software equipment, together with solutions for positioning and measuring. With years of experience in providing a quality service to the civil engineering, surveying and construction industries SCCS are committed to innovating the service provided to customers by adding new surveying, monitoring, scanning, and other geo referencing products, solutions and services. 

The SCCS ethos is to provide an excellent level of service and support, always putting the customer first, building relationships across the industry. 

Today with an ongoing investment in the hire fleet SCCS continue to commit to finding solutions using the most advanced technology and a support team which is among the most experienced in the UK

https://www.sccssurvey.co.uk/about-sccs

 

RAILSENSE JOINS RIA AND RBD COMMUNITY

Next stop for RailSense: RIN York on Thursday 17th November

9th November 2022

RailSense reduces operational costs for railway infrastructure monitoring.

RailSense Solutions Ltd are heading to York where they will be showcasing the RailSense platform at the Rail Infrastructure Networking event at York Racecourse on 17th November 9.30 – 12.30pm.

RailSense experts will be on hand to discuss the range of IoT monitoring and remote sensor solutions for rail infrastructure safety.

Geographically dispersed infrastructure assets across the rail network are challenging and expensive to monitor. Rail operators, asset maintenance and infrastructure owners can now do this much more safely and cost effectively utlising RailSense’s IoT platform and technologies. The remote condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of railway infrastructure increases safety for both rail staff and passengers as well as enabling optimisation of rail infrastructure lifecycle costs and renewal strategies to maximise availability and operational efficiency.

“We are looking forward to presenting our growing range of sensing products to the attendees at the RIN event. This follows our successful showcasing at InnoTrans in Berlin and RailLive in Warwickshire earlier in the year.”
said Andy Chick, Director, RailSense.

The Rail Industry Networking event is a collaboration between Jobson James Rail and The Railway Industry Association, for bringing rail infrastructure industry together.

To find out more about the event visit https://www.rinevents.co.uk

 


About RailSense Solutions Ltd.

RailSense Solutions Ltd. supply leading technologies to operators, asset maintenance and infrastructure owners to provide solutions for the condition monitoring and predictive maintenance needs of track and railway infrastructure.

RailSense solutions are used throughout Europe and sit at the heart of infrastructure monitoring, continually measuring and reporting on key infrastructure assets such as track, cabinets, cranes and bridges for parameter changes.

www.railsense.co.uk

The company was spun out of industrial integration specialists i3 Group. www.i3groupsolutions.com

For further information, please contact Philip Ewen, Marketing Director, [email protected]