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


OLErt a winner at the Rail Partnership Awards

Our OLErt image recognition technology was a winner at the recent Rail Partnership Awards, held in Birmingham.

The OLErt (Overhead Line Equipment in real-time) system integrates visual measurement algorithms (from Oxford University academics) with Incremental’s award winning analytics platforms and precise positional certainty data, to leverage imagery from existing roof-mounted camera equipment. The gathered data is then analysed to highlight abnormal infrastructure events before being transmitted in real-time through (partner company) Icomera’s connectivity platform to provide failure and emerging alerts to operational maintenance teams for immediate remedial action.

No other available technology can provide dynamic monitoring in this way or will have such a transformative reduction in the incidence of overhead-line dewirements or pantograph train damage.

The Rail Partnership Awards bring together the supply chain to celebrate the very best of achievements in the rail industry. There are 14 award categories of which entrants are judged by a panel of 20 experts from across the industry.