In 2013, Network Rail launched a major initiative, called
ORBIS, to boost the safety and efficiency of its railway
infrastructure. As a first step in this program, the company
sought to establish a detailed catalog of its asset base –
particularly switches and crossings.
Working with AMT-SYBEX and ABB, Network Rail developed
a mobile solution based on Fieldreach & Ellipse, which
allowed engineers to capture asset data with iPhones and
iPads and synchronise it with the company’s enterprise asset
management (EAM) system, Ellipse.
The new solution provided Network Rail with an accurate
record of its asset data, which allowed the company to
maintain and invest in its infrastructure more efficiently.
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.
Network Rail partnered with AMT-SYBEX and ABB to develop
a mobile solution for use on ruggedized Apple iPhone and
iPad devices, and to roll it out to some 3,500 users. Based
on Fieldreach & Ellipse, the solution enabled field teams to
capture asset data electronically and transfer it to the ABB
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- 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.
- Enables 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.