Gioconda, the developer of the world’s first high definition desktop signal sighting technology, has won £600,000 worth of new contracts with Network Rail, Amey and Atkins.
Around a dozen projects will see the company combine HD video footage of hundreds of miles of track covering more than 500 signals in England and Wales for Signal Sighting and Driver briefing requirements.
The projects, to be carried out between now and 2014, include providing signal sighting software for Network Rail, which is working on WMSR (Western Mainline Signalling Renewals) to be delivered between May and September this year.
The appointment follows successful ongoing work with Network Rail on the National Electrification Programme and Amey & Atkins on EGIP.
Gioconda director Simon Crittenden explained: “The desktop signal sighting method is infinitely safer that sending a team trackside and this general approach allows for more time to consider options and much higher throughput of signal per committee meeting. The technology’s pinpoint accuracy ensures signals are placed in exactly the right location."
“As we use real HD film footage of the track and overlay that with 3D technology usually associated with Hollywood movies it gives a precise picture of all obstructions and factors which need to be taken into account. All data is recorded for easy and instant discussion by the signal sighting committee.”
Network Rail has commissioned a driver briefing programme to help its drivers handle the changes following phases 1 to 5 of the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals programme. The programme, due to be delivered between June this year and 2014, will incorporate a combination of virtual reality 3D modelling and HD video.
A joint project with the Welsh Government, Network Rail and Department for Transport, the £200m Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals programme follows demand for 900 to 1200 more seats per hour at peak times, faster journey times and more frequent services, which in turn require replacement of the current signalling system and the track to cope with the extra demand and faster trains.
A similar exercise has been commissioned by Amey for drivers following the Harrogate Area Signalling renewals programme in July. The work follows Amey’s work on renewing the life expired signalling equipment across the Leeds-York-Harrogate line between Harrogate and Burley Park to increase passenger capacity and improve system reliability.
Other new contracts include providing driver briefing packages for phase 2 of the Newport Area Signalling Renewal, East Suffolk Line, Stalybridge Relock and Recontrol and Fareham Life Extension for Network Rail, and Stourbridge to Hartlebury Area Resignalling for Atkins.
And Gioconda has just completed a full signal sighting service including driver briefing and providing the SSC chair for Network Rail’s Battersea Journey Time Improvements project.
* Gioconda directors Simon Crittenden and Simon Gardiner celebrate £600,000 of new wins