The RailTech Innovation Awards is one of the most prestigious and recognised international contests in the rail sector and this year due to Covid, the award ceremony took place online during the annual RailTech Europe event. RailTech Europe is the largest online digital conference and networking platform held for the international rail industry this year, a three-day conference attracting 8,334 professionals from 91 different countries.
The RailTech Innovation Awards celebrates the greatest achievements and innovations in the railway industry and provides a platform to recognise companies that are delivering projects to drive change.
The WorkfloPlus HMT project was put forward as a nomination from Network Rail R&D and the Central Rail Systems Alliance and out of 75 entries from across the globe was shortlisted with 15 other projects covering 5 categories; Infrastructure, Rolling Stock, Digitalisation, Public Transport, Start-Up, before being selected by a jury that consisted of industry professionals and academics with expert knowledge of the rail sector as the winner of the Digitalisation category.
Next to the award, a golden meeting ticket for an expert meeting with ProRail, the hosting partner of RailTech Europe was also presented.
One of the judges commented when questioned by RailTech on the winners:
“It was a hard job to choose the winners, with so many nominees”, says Erwin Abbink, Head of Innovation & Analytics at NS (Dutch Railways), one of the jury members. However, after a meeting of the jury, they decided on 5 of the winners of the Innovation Awards.
We are all very proud at Intoware that this project won such a prestigious award, as it is a testament to our workflow automation platform WorkfloPlus and the benefits that are being achieved through digitalisation.
Project entry detail:
Network Rail with HMT1 WorkfloPlus: Working smarter, not harder and ensuring we get it right first time is the remit of the HMT1 WorkfloPlus project, enabling front-line efficiencies of up to 70% and significant track safety improvements. This project brings existing innovative solutions together to standardise and digitise data collection and reporting for safety critical renewals from paper-based processes into one, easy to use and adaptable ‘connected worker’ solution. Workers can go completely hands free via voice-control headsets and collect data supported by images, video, emergency calling and GPS integration for reliable referencing, enabling a consistent approach to renewals. A collaboration between the Central Rail Systems Alliance and Network Rail’s Research and Development Portfolio, the solution is advancing data maturity and back-office reporting efficiency for Network Rail.