COMPASS DMWS wins Railway Industry Innovation Award

An Altran and Network Rail collaborative team has been awarded a Fourth Friday Club Railway Industry Innovation Award for the development of the COMPASS Degraded Mode Working System (DMWS); a solution to address signalling-related delays. Recognised under the Engineering and Safety category, the team was presented with the award at a recent ceremony in London. The award scheme is the longest standing in the industry, celebrating companies and individuals who are moving the sector forward by developing innovative ideas.

The majority of UK rail network passengers will have experienced a delay to their journey as a result of signalling problems. When such failures occur on the railway, trains are halted, hand signallers are dispatched to the affected area and staff travel trackside to secure the infrastructure. Delays result not only in a deterioration of the rail industry’s reputation in the eyes of the general public, but in significant fines for Network Rail – sometimes reaching over a million pounds for one incident alone.

To tackle this problem, Network Rail appointed Altran’s experts in safety-critical systems and software to develop COMPASS DMWS. Through a combination of satellite positioning, wireless communications and advanced data analytics, COMPASS DMWS provides signallers with the tactical picture needed to make judgements on how to proceed in an instance of signalling failure.

I’m confident that this will be the first accolade of many to acknowledge the promise of COMPASS DMWS and the excellence of those responsible for its development – many congratulations to all involved. John Terrington Head of Capability at Altran UK
This project has been upheld as an example of effective collaboration that has resulted in a truly innovative solution, one with the potential to have a significant impact on our industry. Robert Forde Research and Development Programme Manager at Network Rail
COMPASS DMWS was a technically excellent solution to a very real problem with the potential to reduce train delays and avoid staff needing to go on track for hand signalling duties. Congratulations to the all of the team at Altran for a worthy win. David Clarke Technical Director of the Railway Industry Association

Following the successful demonstration of the technology to key industry stakeholders in a live environment in February 2018, a decision regarding the future deployment of COMPASS DMWS is expected in early 2019.

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COMPASS DMWS wins Railway Industry Innovation Award

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