Iain Mansell

July 10, 2019


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    2 28/10/2019 Who we are: Birmingham Centre for Railway Research

    and Education (BCRRE) - Largest university based centre for railway research and education in Europe, with more than 145 researchers and staff - World-leading expertise in railway systems and infrastructure alongside renowned global higher education programmes Systems engineering Railway capacity Real-time traffic management Railway education Aerodynamics Benchmarking - Areas of particular expertise include: Condition monitoring Data integration and Cybersecurity Environmental engineering Modelling and computation Power and energy Risk and safety
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    University of Birmingham: Centre of Excellence in Digital Systems University

    of Huddersfield: Centre of Excellence in Rolling stock University of Southampton: Centre of Excellence in Infrastructure RIDC, TFL, QRTC: Centre of Excellence in Testing
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    A railway’s role in the modern Smart City As cities

    around us transform and become more connected and digitalised, the expectation for public transportation is to follow through in every respect. The smart railway can be constructed around a set of benchmarks: • Connectivity • Sustainability/Resilience • Technological innovation • Adaptability
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    Connectivity - Rail powered by data Smart railway will utilise

    data in two main ways: • To assist passengers and keep them informed, connected and entertained via a stable WiFi or 4G/5G connection across carriages and stations. • Data is used internally by the transport operator to inform predictive maintenance and improve the level of service.
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    Sustainability - Climate-focused railways networks With a core aim of

    cutting emissions and reducing pollution, sustainability is a core part of a smart rail system. The UK aims to decarbonise the railways and remove diesel-only trains by 2040 HydroFlex is UK’s first hydrogen powered passenger train
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    Adaptability – Coping with the unexpected Although data-powered predictive maintenance

    is crucial, sometimes disruptions and emergencies cannot be avoided. How the system responds to adverse weather, destruction of infrastructure, etc.
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    The rail industry: Emerging opportunities Sometimes considered to be a

    conservative industry, the truth is that the rail industry has always been a frontier in technology advances and mobility. With the digitalization, however, change in the industry has moved up a gear. SMEs bring new possibilities to the table; possibilities that drive us towards a better, more efficient railway. €185 billion The railway technology market is expected to grow at a compound AGR of 2.6% to reach an average annual value of 185 billion Euros between 2019 and 2021.
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    DIGI-RAIL Project Overview • ERDF part-funded SME support programme •

    DIGI-RAIL will bring together railway sector buyers with West Midlands businesses and research expertise. • The aim of the initiative is to solve challenges within the railway sector and access the increasing number of digital rail commercial and research opportunities that currently exist in the UK and internationally. • DIGI-RAIL will showcase and offer long-term innovation support to businesses looking to develop digital products and services for the rail industry.
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    DIGI-RAIL Facts and Figures • 3-year project – 1st July

    2018 to 30th June 2021 • Total project value £3,192,650, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund • Delivery Areas: Greater Birmingham & Solihull and Coventry & Warwickshire LEP Areas (approval for extension into black country)
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    The DIGI-RAIL Team Eli Rees-King Senior Technical Officer Martin Little

    Senior Technical Officer George Bates Communications Michelle Morgan Communications Rachel Eade Business Development Al-Amin Dabo Business Engagement Manager Nadeen Taylor Events Chris Morris Technical Officer +19 Matched Academics
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    DIGI-RAIL Focus • DIGI-RAIL will build on BCRRE’s established partnerships

    with major players in the Rail industry and a range of expertise in key domains of Digital Rail, including • Traffic Management; • European Train Control System; • Automatic Train Operation; • Energy Management; • Rolling Stock Design; • BIM; • Smart Ticketing; • Future Wireless Networks; • Fault Management; • Station Information Systems; • IoT & Cyber Security.
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    Who will benefit from DIGI-RAIL? 100 SMEs across the region

    will benefit from access to: • World-class technical expertise • Demonstration infrastructure • Research programmes • Technology providers and rail industry buyers • Workshops and Seminars • Bespoke/ 1:1 Consultation • Rail Alliance Community Participant (freemium) • Small-scale collaborative R&D partnerships will be facilitated to develop new digital rail products & processes • New research collaborations and collaborative R&D activity with the University to co- develop new products and processes.
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    Support for Solutions, Value for Industry DIGI-RAIL Virtual Tier 2

    Solution Solution CHALLENGE Client OEM T1s BCRRE Rail Alliance as a supply chain facility MENTOR EVENTS WEBSITE B2B INTEL MENTOR SOLUTIONS
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    • Largest and most extensive rail storage facility in the

    UK • 20km of storage sidings • Connected to the national rail network at Honeybourne • This is served by all of the Freight Operating Companies (FOCs) with 24/7 access. • Storage for approximately 1000 items of rolling stock • 4 hectares of open hard-standing based storage • Approximately 2000m2 of covered workshops with associated handling equipment and crainage. QRTC
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    What we are looking for • Any company either working

    in rail or looking to get into the rail sector with a product, service, technology or method/process that improve or add value to the railway. • SME based in GBSLEP, CWLEP or BCLEP • DIGI-RAIL is looking to engage with businesses not just in rail but across a variety of sectors