West Lancs software specialist supplies monitoring system for rail network

CoreRFID is working with Network Rail to install tags and readers which identifyrolling stock as it passes over monitoring sites across the rail network

Network Rail
CoreRFID is working with Network Rail on the UK’s rail network


West Lancs specialist software firm CoreRFID is working with the operator of Britain’s railway network, Network Rail, to roll out a system of tags and readers to monitor rolling stock.

The system automatically identifies rolling stock as it passes over monitoring sites across the rail network. The tags, which can be read over long distances whilst the rolling stock is moving, are coded to Network Rail’s precise specifications.

This enables assets to be matched to corresponding records in Network Rail’s asset management systems. It also helps Network Rail distinguish between its own assets and a those of other operators’ rolling stock using the same rail infrastructure.

The readers and tags are able to fully function in all weather conditions and cope with vibration and contamination caused by dirt and grease. CoreRFID and Network Rail will continue working together as new rolling stock comes into operation.

The contract follows a recent project with Serco for the Caledonian Sleeper rail service it operates between London and a number of Scottish cities. CoreRFID supplied 100,000 RFID access cards for the passenger cabins, which improves the customer experience and security.

CoreRFID’s director Richard Harrison said: “Our work with Network Rail shows the versatility and robustness of RFID technology in the most challenging circumstances. It also demonstrates our ability to undertake asset management projects on a large scale and to design and deliver a reliable solution tailored to client’s specific needs.”

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