Telent and Purple Transform to improve safety and Performance of UK railways

Safety, security and operational performance of UK railways will be improved thanks to a new platform that uses cutting edge analytics and machine learning to provide automated incident alerts and previously hidden data insights.

The integration of Telent’s MICA workforce automation platform and Purple Transform’s SiYtE insights platform can send automated incident alerts in real time to station control rooms by using smart cameras and sensors to automatically detect safety incidents at the station and on the tracks.

It has been successfully installed at Dawlish and Dawlish Warren stations in Devon, where the railway runs alongside steep cliffs, putting trains and the track at risk of damage from rock fall.

IoT sensors fitted along the cliffs detect any rock fall and send an automated communications message for investigation and approaching trains can be notified of any potential danger. Smart cameras enhance safety at the station by identifying risks and unauthorised or trespassing personnel on the tracks and delivering real-time alerts to the control room.

Director of Rail at Telent Kevin Bonanno said: “Organisations can be overwhelmed by data and extracting insights to inform operational and business decision-making has never been more complex. Combining the Telent and Purple Transform platforms simplifies the collection, corelation and visualisation of data and puts insights in front of the right person at the right time.”

Telent’s MICA is trusted by the Tube, DLR and Network Rail to manage over 2 billion passenger movements at 240 stations including Oxford Circus, Waterloo, and St. Pancras International. It delivers real-time video surveillance (CCTV), public address, passenger help point, fire and security alarms and alerts directly to control room operators via a single pane of glass.

The new, upgraded platform uses cutting edge analytics, machine learning, IoT and data aggregation to give users access to previously hidden data insights to improve safety, security, operational performance, and passenger experiences.

The combined solution can also transform legacy CCTV cameras into smart sensors capable of machine learning. It integrates wireless IoT sensors and ingests third party data sets to solve problems through the ethical and cutting-edge use of AI and data analytics.

It combines Telent’s experience in the design, build, support and management of the UK Rail’s critical digital infrastructures with Purple Transform who use a powerful combination of human intelligence and artificial intelligence to unlock the potential in an organisation’s data to improve safety, security, operational performance and passenger experiences.

CEO of Purple Transform, Greg Butler said: “I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with Telent for several years, and I hold its wealth of technical experience and domain expertise in the highest regard. I am thrilled to be embarking on a new journey with Telent, shaping the future of Information Systems.”

Mr Bonanno added: “Teaming up with Purple Transform, one of the UK’s most dynamic digital technology innovators, is truly exciting. Combining both organisations market leading and proven platforms enables Telent to provide infrastructure owners and operators with the next generation data driven solutions to deliver transformative operational and business outcomes.”

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About Telent

Telent is a leading technology company and specialist in the design, build, support, and management of the UK’s critical digital infrastructure, drawing on decades of experience in mission critical communications and technology. We enable organisations to create, improve and operate the ICT and communication networks that their businesses and operations depend on.

Telent are at the heart of many of the UK’s and Ireland’s best-known organisations, with a strong focus on key areas including transport, emergency services, network providers and the public sector. Our expertise, accreditations and knowledge make us a trusted partner for organisations at the forefront of the digital revolution.

Clients include Transport for London, National Highways, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Ambulance Radio Programme.