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.