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Case study - Network Rail

AMT-SYBEX worked with Network Rail to launch a major initiative, called ORBIS, to boost the safety and efficiency of its railway infrastructure.

Keeping services on track with accurate asset information


Network Rail has launched a major initiative, called ORBIS, to boost the safety and efficiency of its railway infrastructure. As a first step in this programme, the company sought to establish a detailed catalogue of its asset base – particularly switches and crossings.

Working with AMT-SYBEX, Network Rail developed a mobile solution based on Affinity Fieldreach, which allows engineers to capture asset data with iPhones and iPads and synchronise it with the company’s central Ellipse system.

The new solution provides Network Rail with an accurate record of its asset data, which will allow the company to maintain and invest in its infrastructure more efficiently.

The challenge

Network Rail manages one of the most complex railway infrastructures in the world, and needs accurate information on tens of thousands of assets to guarantee safe and efficient service. The company wanted to move to a more proactive asset management strategy, starting with its extensive network of switches and crossings.

The solution

Network Rail partnered with AMT-SYBEX to develop a mobile solution for use on ruggedised Apple iPhone and iPad devices, and to roll it out to some 3,500 users. Based on Affinity Fieldreach, the solution enables field teams to capture asset data electronically and transfer it to the company’s central Ellipse system.

The Benefits

  • Provides a clear picture of company assets and their condition, allowing Network Rail to make more informed decisions when it comes to maintaining the safety and availability of its infrastructure.
  • Will enable the company to evolve its asset management policy towards a more sophisticated condition-based system, optimizing safety and operating performance.
  • Makes it easy to check, edit and capture relevant asset data. Users in the field have given the application a rating of 5.5 out of 7 for usability.

Network Rail owns, operates and maintains the United Kingdom’s rail infrastructure, including 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and tunnels, and 17 major stations. The company employs some 35,000 people and supports operators in the running of 25,000 trains a day on one of the most densely used railways in the world.