The competition is open to anyone from both inside and outside the rail sector
The programme Future Railway in the UK has launched a 100% funded £4m competition on COMbined Positioning Alternative Signalling System (COMPASS) Phase 2 and held a briefing event on 10th February 2015 in London.
The competition is open to anyone from both inside and outside the rail sector. Company size doesn’t matter - collaboration between large system integrators and smaller technology companies is actively encouraged, according to Future Railways.
The Combined Positioning Alternative Signalling System refers to a system that is being developed to enable trains to continue to move when the current signal system fails. It will also provide signallers with an alternative and more accurate view of a train's position, speed and direction of travel.
The competition will find successful applicants to carry out an initial feasibility study to investigate the technical and commercial viability of their proposed solutions. These feasibility studies will be followed by further down-selections for a System Integration and Test Facility (SI&TF) and demonstrator entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts including representatives from train operating companies (TOCs), Network Rail and RSSB.
Competition applications must be submitted by 1.00pm on 27th March 2015.
The FutureRailway programme is a collaboration between Network Rail and RSSB working with industry and the supply chain to deliver the RTS, Rail Technical Strategy, in the UK.
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