Putting Passengers First Award with Network Rail

At the end of November, Network Rail held their 3rd annual Rail Engineering & Asset Management National Conference, with the theme of “Delivering a Better Railway for our Customers”.

We’re really pleased that our OLErt solution was awarded the ‘Putting Passengers First’ award – beating off some incredible competition. It’s additionally important to us as this was judged by Network Rail’s senior technical community from across the UK.

The caps of a great year of recognition for OLErt which has won industry awards from RIA in November and the Rail Partnership awards earlier in June. Additionally, the innovative solution featured in our ‘Rail Matters’ programme and a feature in August’s edition of Rail Engineer.

We must also give thanks to all the businesses and organisations who are part of this innovation – Network Rail, LNW, GWR, Oxford University, Icomera – as well as Innovate UK and DfT innovation funds too.

Network Rail CEO Andrew Haines alongside Jon Shaw, Chief Engineer, presented the awards in the Great Hall at Birmingham University.

Royal representative presents Incremental with Queen’s Award

Her Majesty the Queen’s representative, The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mrs Jo Ropner, attended a special ceremony in November to present Incremental Solutions with their Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Daniel Lee-Bursnall (l), The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mrs Jo Ropner, and Lewis Gill (r).

Announced in April of this year, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise was awarded to 200 organisations in the UK, with Incremental Solutions being recognised for their innovative work in the rail sector, where their technology is deployed across the UK rail network helping to prevent incidents and make the network operate more efficiently.

As The Queen’s formal representative, Mrs Ropner was joined by representatives from business-growth bodies InnovateUK and Make it York, the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Janet Looker – as well as many of Incremental Solutions’ partners and clients – such as Network Rail and GWR.

Sean Bullick, Managing Director of Make It York, said:

“I’d like to congratulate Incremental Solutions on becoming a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Their innovative work in transport safety and vision for an efficient transport network fit for the 21st century is of great importance to both the industry, and the City of York. It’s great to see them receiving recognition for their achievements in this field.”

Daniel Lee-Bursnall, founder and Commercial Director at Incremental Solutions added;

“The amount of people we’ve invited to this award ceremony is representative of not only how many people have played their part in enabling our systems to benefit the rail network, but also to the importance of the future development and safety of our rail infrastructure. We’re so proud and feel it’s a fantastic achievement and honor to be representing not only the North, but also all innovators who are improving the things we often take for granted.”

The event took place in York where Incremental Solutions are based – and is also a city of rich rail-related heritage. Even more fittingly, the ceremony celebrating the future of the rail network was held at the National Railway Museum, which of course celebrates it’s past.

Unlocking Innovation at RIA’s ‘RISE’ awards

Incremental have gained further industry recognition by being awards with the ‘Unlocking Innovation’ award at last night’s Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) annual conference. (7th November).

Representing Incremental on the night were (l-r) Lewis Gill, David Campbell, Kate Naylor and Daniel Lee-Bursnall.

The awards, which ‘celebrate Railway Industry Supplier Excellence’, recognise and acknowledge the businesses and individuals who are making notable and positive changes to the multi-£billion industry.

Incremental’s award was for their OLErt system which provides real-time monitoring and analysis of overhead line equiptment, and recognises signs of deterioration or misalignment. Such predictive analysis is helping to prevent costly and delay-causing incidents which can effect the entire rail network.

Daniel Lee-Bursnall, Founder and Commercial Director, commented:
“We’re really pleased with this industry recognition and would like in turn to thank our partners who have helped, not just with the OLErt project, but with our growth and development in general – such as Innovate UK, Department for Transport, GWR, Network Rail, Icomera, LEP and many others.”

About The Railway Industry Association
RIA works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the globe and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.The Railway Industry Association is the voice of the UK rail supply community. We help to grow a sustainable, high-performing, railway supply industry, and to export UK rail expertise and products. We promote and represent our members’ interests to policy makers, clients and other stakeholders in the UK and overseas. RIA has 250+ companies in membership in a sector that contributes £36 billion in economic growth and £11 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 600,000 people. RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number).
www.riagb.org.uk

Incremental feature in a new industry programme, ‘Rail Matters’

Incremental feature in a new industry programme, Rail Matters, which was launched at the Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) annual conference.

The current affairs-style programme, introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinski, features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles. The programme explores the growth and economic importance of the UK rail industry by looking at key areas such as improvements and innovation – as well as looking to what the future rail network may look like.

‘Rail Matters’ has been produced by ITN productions for RIA, and features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles from companies such as Icomeria, Wessex Capacity Alliance – as well as Incremental Solutions.

The programme will be promoted nationally give recognition to people and processes as the network looks to the future.

Rail Matters

The Railway Industry Association is the voice of the UK rail supply community. We help to grow a sustainable, highperforming, railway supply industry, and to export UK rail expertise and products. We promote and represent our members’ interests to policy makers, clients and other stakeholders in the UK and overseas. RIA has 250+ companies in membership in a sector that contributes £36 billion in economic growth and £11 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 600,000 people. RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number).
RIA works to promote the importance of the rail system to UK plc, to help export UK expertise around the globe and to share best practice and innovation across the industry.
www.riagb.org.uk

ITN Productions produces bespoke creative and commercial content for broadcasters, businesses, brands, rights holders and digital channels. Industry News forms part of this offering and is a communications tool for leading industry bodies and national associations produced in a broadcast news-style programme format, including interviews, news items and sponsored editorial profiles.
www.itnproductions.co.uk

Incremental are Shortlisted for Two Railway Industry Association Awards

We’re incredibly proud to have been shortlisted for the Rail Industry Association’s RISE awards in the ‘Growth in Rail, SME’ and ‘Unlocking Innovation’ categories – the latter for our OLErt product.

The RISE awards are to ‘celebrate Railway Industry Supplier Excellence’ – so we know we are against some tough and extremely worthy competition.

The inaugural event covers categories such as Rail Exporter, Safety & Wellbeing, Diversity & Inclusion, Environmental Sustainability, Future Leader and the aforementioned Growth in Rail and Unlocking Innovation categories.

The winners will be announced at the RIA Annual Conference 2019, in London.

In the Media: Incremental’s technology keeping trains on track


Daniel Lee-Bursnall (Commercial Director and Co-Founder) and Kate Naylor (Head of Business Delivery) were recently interviewed by Business Reporter Ismail Muller for The Yorkshire Post.

In the article, entitled “Keeping Trains On Right Tracks”, Ismail looks at the specific technology solutions offered by Incremental, and their beneficial presence across the entire rail network.

The article was initially published in the Yorkshire Post’s Sept/Oct edition of it’s ‘Yorkshire Vision’ magazine supplement, where the lead story was Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s aims for, and beliefs in, Yorkshire’s Northern Powerhouse and rail future.Paragraph

To read the article in full, please visit the Yorkshire Post website here: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/this-firm-in-york-is-keeping-trains-on-the-right-track-with-its-technology-1-10017590

In the Media: OLErt Monitoring

Incremental were featured in industry publication Rail Engineer in August.

The article, entitles “OLErt – Overhead Line and Pantograph Monitoring” takes in in-depth look at how our OLErt system works – from the practicalities of recording moving image on top of a high-speed train, to analysing the captured data and reporting results in real time.

Written by Peter Stanton BSc CEng FIMechE FIET FPWI, the article also has contributions from Paul Barnes and Dean Shaw (Network Rail), Stephen Duncan (Oxford University), Rich Fisher and Davis Eveleigh (GWR) and Incremental’s Daniel Lee-Bursnall.

To read the article in full, please visit the Rail Engineer website here:
https://www.railengineer.co.uk/2019/08/30/olert-overhead-line-and-pantograph-monitoring/

We’re proud to become a Northern Powerhouse partner

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve become a member of the government’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme.

The Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme is an essential part of creating the Northern Powerhouse. The Government is growing a network of partners who all believe strongly in the economic potential of the North, and support the need for a combined effort by government and business to realise that potential.

We’re also celebrating the success of it’s OLErt dynamic monitoring system which was awarded Innovation funding from the Government in it’s “First of A Kind” competition. The OLErt system, which is currently undergoing trials with Network Rail and GWR, will dramatically reduce the incidence of failures to electrified infrastructure and fleets by recording and analysing data to highlight abnormal train infrastructure events – before they happen.

The OLErt system has also gained industry recognition from the Rail Partnership Awards and Rail Innovation Awards.

Daniel Lee-Bursnall, Commercial Director and co-founder said:

“Becoming a Northern Powerhouse Partner represents another milestone in Incremental’s growth and success. We’re very proud to be representing the North and proud that our innovation is being used across the rail network. Our aim is to create the cornerstones of the future of the rail industry – and that alone is very much a relevant topic for Northern success.”

About Northern Powerhouse

The Northern Powerhouse is the Government’s vision for a super-connected, globally-competitive northern economy with a flourishing private sector, a highly-skilled population, and world-renowned civic and business leadership. The Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme is an essential part of creating the Northern Powerhouse. Government is growing a network of partners who all believe strongly in the economic potential of the North, and support the need for a combined effort by government and business to realise that potential.


Incremental Shortlisted for Rail Innovation Award

On Friday 28th June we will find out if our OLErt system wins another award – this time at the Railway Innovation Awards, held in London. As with the recent Rail Partnership Awards, OLErt’s entry to the awards has been submitted with partner companies GWR, Network Rail, Icomera and Oxford University.

The awards were founded in 1998 and are the longest-running awards scheme in the industry with the aim to celebrate the achievements of those companies and individuals who are pushing the industry forward by developing innovative ideas.

Founder and Commercial Director Daniel Lee-Bursnall, and Head of Business Delivery, Kate Naylor, will be attending the event where OLErt has been shortlisted in the “Cross-industry Partnership” category.

For more on the awards, go to; http://www.4thfriday.co.uk/railway-industry-innovation-awards/

First Of A Kind Government funding for Incremental

We’re pleased to announce we have been awarded Government Transport and Innovate UK funding for our OLErt dynamic monitoring system.

As one of 24 winning projects in the third round of the First Of A Kind (FOAK) competition, the win will enable Incremental to build upon the successful trial of the system and begin nationwide roll-out.

With the overall aim to help create a more safe, efficient and effective electrified train network, the OLErt system is unique, and will dramatically reduce the incidence of failures to electrified infrastructure and fleets. By continually monitoring and evaluating train infrastructure (in this case, the Overhead Line Equipment), the system analyses data to highlight abnormal events – before they happen. As this is recorded, analysed and reported in real-time, it can therefore prevent dewirements and any other overhead line issues, whose effect is often felt across the railway network.

As announced in January of this year, the OLErt system was chosen by Network Rail and GWR to prototype the technology solution, https://www.incrementalsolutions.co.uk/incremental-chosen-to-develop-innovative-monitoring-system-for-electric-trains-2/.

The FOAK competition is part of the Department for Transports £7.8 million investment to drive forward innovation which will transform the railways. Other winning ideas included inspection drones, hydrogen train trials and sound mitigation products.

For more on the Department for Transport and this story;https://www.gov.uk/government/news/78-million-to-drive-forward-innovative-ideas-to-transform-railways