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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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
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