Incremental chosen to develop innovative monitoring system for electric trains

York-based Incremental Solutions, a leading technology provider of smart transport systems, has been chosen by Network Rail and GWR to prototype an innovative O.L.E (Overhead Line Equipment) monitoring solution.  The system will identify emerging problems with the interface to overhead power cables with the aim of minimising delays to passengers on potentially affected services caused by irregularities in the O.L.E., supporting continuing efforts to further improve rail services.< The O.L.E. Project employs algorithms, created by Oxford University academics, that use optical recognition to measure the movement of the pantograph on top of each train, plus machine learning and analytics provided by Incremental through its GPS monitoring system.  The pantograph, the device that makes contact with the overhead electrical cable and powers each electric train, is designed to adjust to different cable heights and tensions. The purpose of the trial is to monitor the contact of pantograph with O.L.E. by continually monitoring its state through visual measurement using specialist camera equipment and a processing and connectivity platform provided by Icomera, who complete the delivery team.  The gathered data will be analysed to highlight trends and patterns for different trains, routes and connecting overhead cables.  The system will then be able to detect differences in the signature created and inform Network Rail and GWR where they need to investigate, and, if necessary, take remedial action before a failure occurs in the O.L.E. system.  The O.L.E. prototype will be trialled on Network Rail’s western route with the aim of being rolled out nationally if successful. Daniel Lee-Bursnall, Commercial Director, said; “We’re very pleased to have been awarded this project after a competitive tender process. It really demonstrates our credentials within the technology and transport sectors, and it’s a pleasure to work alongside like-minded companies to ensure this project is delivered.  The O.L.E. system is very representative of what Incremental Solutions is capable of in terms of using technology to make the rail network function in a safer and more effective way.”

York Rail Innovation Community

We’re pleased to be supporting the York Rail Innovation Community as a speaker on it’s launch event – Wednesday 20th February. The York Rail Innovation Community exists to connect the depth of rail expertise in York with each other, and with innovative capabilities outside of the rail sector. A line-up of speakers from the rail industry and local businesses will cover: Session 1: Showcasing recent innovative achievements in rail, aspirations, and routes to market. hear about recent achievements with innovation; hear industry aspirations and challenges to solve with more innovation; understand the industry structure learn about the routes to market, and innovation schemes/funding available. Session 2: Lightning talks – showcasing innovations not yet widespread in rail, and sharing experiences of bringing products to the rail market hear about the application of new innovations in rail and other sectors; hear real-world experiences of bringing products to the rail market and lessons learnt; learnt a bit about new innovative concepts and technologies. Session 3: Exploration and discussion The opportunity for discussion with speakers to explore topics in more detail; Networking and setting-up follow-up actions; Agreeing the themes for future YoRIC events. Confirmed speakers include: – Incremental Solutions – Insetting – LNER – National Railway Museum – Network Rail – Northern – Railguard – TransPennine Express – Thales For more information, visit their website; http://www.yoric.org

Smart Cities Expo – World Congress

Incremental Solutions Smart Cities Expo BarcelonaIn November, Daniel Lee-Bursnall and Kate Naylor (Head of Business Delivery) attended the Smart Cities Expo in Barcelona. Smart City Expo World Congress exists in order to empower cities and collectivise urban innovation across the globe. Through promoting social innovation, establishing partnerships and identifying business opportunities, the event is dedicated to creating a better future for cities and their citizens worldwide. Dan and Kate supported the Leeds City Region stand (Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, or ‘LEP’) alongside Connexin and Shoosmiths. The theme of this year’s event was “Cities to Live In”.

York Business Awards 2018

The York Press Business Awards were held in mid November where Incremental were shortlisted for the ‘Innovation of the Year’ award. The event, sponsored by TalkTalk’s York Ultra Fibre Optic project, was the culmination of one of the most hotly contested competitions in recent years, according to the judges, who said the standard of entries from right across York, North and East Yorkshire, was exceptionally high throughout all ten categories, making it “a real coup” for business to have made the shortlist alone. Unfortunately Incremental left empty handed, but were ultimately pleased to have been recognised for their work. See more here. (redirects to York Press).

Rayner joins the Incremental Team

York-based Incremental Solutions, a leading technology provider of smart transport solutions, is adding to its existing team due to continued growth and success. Joining the Incremental team in a Business Development role is Rayner Gill who brings with him many years’ experience in front line and managerial roles within the rail industry, more recently working for LNER. His insight into the rail industry and its future leaves him well placed to help drive the innovation and adoption of the disruptive and novel technologies that Incremental is developing. At Incremental, Rayner will be using his experience and industry knowledge to build upon the existing relationships the business has cultivated whilst identifying new opportunities for growth within the Transport sector and beyond. Speaking of his appointment, Daniel Lee-Bursnall, Commercial Director, said; “We’re delighted to be welcoming Rayner into Incremental. Not only is this representative of the benefits his experience will bring to the organisation and its clients, but also of the solid performance of Incremental over the last few years.” Continued growth and success of Incremental’s Aegis and Sentinel products was recently bolstered by the launch of Rapport – a system which aims to reduce delay to passenger and freight services by improving response times during incidents through better accuracy of location information to response teams. Rapport was recently shortlisted by the National Rail Awards in its ‘Innovation’ category. Daniel added; “It was great to be recognised as an ‘innovator’ in the technology space. Being shortlisted amongst such a prestigious set of rail suppliers demonstrates how far we have come as a business and how our technology continues to reach new boundaries.”

AEGIS Integrates with TRUST

This week saw our latest feature set go live and we are excited to say that AEGIS now collects TRUST schedule and delay information from a variety of sources. With this data we can visualise hotspots of delay attribution on the network and map TRUST delays against actual GPS unit movements. This gives our customers a unique insight into network performance and a unique view on where their units actually lost the time that contributed to a delay.

Headcode matching goes lives

Another development for AEGIS – this week our Headcode matching feature went live allowing customers to aggregate, view and report on their units in the way they are used to – by Headcode. AEGIS now matches journeys by Headcode and with its advanced date filtering features, even if your Headcode is used for different journeys at different times, you can still limit the information displayed to the running times that you are interested in.

A new look for AEGIS GPS

The AEGIS GPS web application was given a spruce up and a revitalised look and feel this week. Along with a new themed look, which can be tailored to the customer’s colour schemes, we have tried to make some key functions and information stand-out from the back-ground of the application and hopefully make the application more intuitive to use.