HS1 to use VR to Monitor Train Performance


HS1 Ltd has confirmed it is going to revolutionise the railway industry by developing augmented reality (AR/VR technology) to virtually replicate rail assets on HS1 by 2021. The move comes as the High Speed Rail (1) project looks to improve monitoring of train performance.


The Plans for VR

The technology used will be able to monitor the performance of rail assets and will allow for quick repairs to faults, such as the lifts, escalators and travellators at London St Pancras and the signalling equipment on the HS1 line.

Sensors will pick up any faults and will send fault reports to maintenance teams via a private 5G network.

The project will also help reduce CO2 emissions as there will be less time taken to complete repairs and will contribute to HS1 Ltd’s environmental targets.

The project is funded by Innovate UK, in partnership with PAULEY Group Limited, Network Rail (High Speed) Limited, Athonet UK Limited & the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

Dyan Crowther, CEO of HS1 Ltd, said:

“At HS1 Ltd we are always looking at ways in which we can improve the UK’s only high-speed rail system. Our innovative approach to technology means we are able to monitor and maintain our assets in a more efficient and sustainable way, leading to an improved customer experience.

The system will not only create a more reliable rail network but will allow our expert teams to maintain social distancing guidelines when responding to jobs. Thanks to Innovate UK and our partners we are able to lead the way in revolutionising London’s railway stations post-Covid.”


Dr Ian Campbell, Innovate UK Executive Chair, said: “In these difficult times we have seen the best of British business innovation. The pandemic is not just a health emergency but one that impacts society and the economy. The 5G Augmented Reality Digital Twin Project, along with every initiative Innovate UK has supported through this fund, is an important step forward in driving sustainable economic development. Each one is also helping to realise the ambitions of hard-working people.”

Philip Pauley, Managing Director of PAULEY Group Limited reiterated that they were delighted to support HS1 in their “Race to Zero” commitment to become the first renewable-powered railway in the country by 2030. A feat we look forward to.


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