Software specialist helps Network Rail keep track of rolling stock

Skelmersdale-based CoreRFID is rolling out a system of tags and readers for Network Rail, which owns and runs Britain’s railway network.

The RFID based system automatically assists in identifying 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 and this enables assets to be matched to corresponding records in Network Rail’s asset management systems.

The solution 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.

Network Rail operates and develops Britain’s railway infrastructure, covering 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and aqueducts and thousands of signals, level crossings and stations, including the UK’s largest 20 stations.

CoreRFID’s director Richard Harrison comments:

‘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.’