Rail Industry Innovation Awards

Posted on 29 Jun 2015

Metron2 and Metron VIEW formed the core of a digital fuel gauge solution that was a short listed finalist at the Modern Railway Innovation Awards at the Fourth Friday Club Dinner held on Friday 26th June. The solution was awarded 'highly commended' in the small projects category.

This outstanding project involved monitoring fuel levels on the Virgin Trains East Coast high speed fleet.Built between 1976 and 1984, there is no fuel gauge visible to the driver. Fuel is consumed even when trains are not moving. Occasionally unexpected delays to accommodate incidents and works on the line, poor driving techniques and human error meant that there wasn’t enough fuel to complete a journey as expected. This resulted in delayed, disgruntled passengers, heavy costs to manage the situation, possibly involving emergency services to ensure safety and order, negative publicity and fines.

Powelectrics hardware and software and units were rolled out to all trains. Readings are sent every 5 minutes, so for the first time Virgin management could see fuel levels in near real time. They are alerted when fuel levels were below the level required to complete journeys and advise drivers  to refuel according.

The princial speaker at the event was Clare Moriarty, Director General – Rail Executive at the Department for Transport. She explained how investment is currently made in innovation during the early years of a franchise but this investment needs to continue throughout it's whole life. To ensure this happens Train Operating Companies (TOC's) will now have to invest 1% of their revenue every year of the franchise on innovation. With the Metron products providing benefits not just financially, but also to customer safety and comfort, then we hope we can get further traction within this exciting sector.

Metron2 (now replaced by Metron4)

The Metron2 has been superceded and is no longer available. Powelectrics now recommend using the Metron4. Metron4 does everything that Metron2 did and offers several advantages, which are described here.

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MetronView IoT Cloud

MetronView is a web based data collection platform, designed and maintained by Powelectrics, for use with Metron4 and other telemetry devices.
 
It is standalone cloud with customisable dashboards, reporting and alerts. Data & alerts can be sent to unlimited users on any web-enabled device allowing multiple stakeholders to benefit from historical & current data.
 
It is a highly secure and scalable IoT solution, currently processing millions of readings every day. Data can be collected by other platforms via API. The are many application stories in the news section on this web site. Please click here.
 
We welcome your enquiries: +44 (0) 1827 310 666  sales@powelectrics.co.uk or use this contact form

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