The best innovations in the rail industry were in the spotlight at the annual Railway Industry Innovation Awards, held in London on 28 June.
The awards, the longest-standing within the industry, invite entries from firms in all areas of the industry across seven categories. Professor Clive Roberts from the Birmingham Centre of Railway Research and Education was guest of honour, and in his keynote speech he highlighted in particular the work of the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), for which BCRRE at the University of Birmingham is one of four centres of excellence, as well as the importance of making the industry an attractive place to work for young people.
The winners of the 2019 awards were as follows:
Winner: Verdion – iPort Rail
Highly commended: Network Rail – Brighton main line upgrade; Firstco – Heathrow tunnel control system
Winner: Vivarail – battery Class 230
Highly commended: Keltbray – Eco Village; Turbo Power Systems – APS units
Winner: Nexus Alpha – ARRAKIS
Highly commended: Porterbrook – Innovation Hub; GWR, Network Rail and Incremental Solutions – OLErt
Winner: Tracsis – One Click to Claim
Highly commended: Northern – Visual Train Mapping; FAIRTIQ – FAIRTIQ ticketing system
Operations and performance
Winner: Viper Innovations – Cable Guardian
Highly commended: Schneider Electric – Compact PSP; 3Squared – Digitising management
Small scale project
Winner: Abtus and BCRRE – cyclic top trolley
Highly commended: SWR – station-based paramedics; LNER – seat sensors
Engineering and safety
Winner: Aecom – embankment stability monitoring
Highly commended: Angel Trains, DB ESG, Stratsys and Printing Portal – additive manufacturing; Siemens Mobility – Talk to me initiative
A full write-up of the awards will appear in the August 2019 issue of Modern Railways as part of our ‘Rail Evolution’ feature celebrating industry innovation.