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Operational Performance

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Achieving an efficient and productive operation is a fundamental aim of the UK rail industry.  Whether it’s having better control of real-time operations, improving customer experience by increasing capacity or making rail the greenest form of public transport, understanding key information is crucial to driving increased performance. Rail assets are inherently spatial, so bringing data into a centralised spatial environment allows assets to be monitored in real-time for greater operational control. 

Real-time operations

There are many types of external threats to the railway which impact the reliability of passenger services which emerge in real-time.  Realising the true value of GeoSpatial Data assets helps to understand, predict and prevent these more effectively through monitoring of the railway and its surroundings by providing a common operating picture. This consolidated approach allows organisations to spin up new apps, data models and decision support tools rapidly to model different real-time scenarios based on the time, day or month. The outcome increases public confidence and provides a better overall experience.

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Customers & capacity

Managing network capacity is as much a data challenge as it is an engineering issue.  By creating a network geospatial digital twin and connecting to real-time, IOT sensors give a comprehensive understanding of existing capacity and demand on rail networks.  This enables operations to become increasingly data-driven, rather than simply data-rich, in decision-making.  For example, understanding the impact of external factors such as the pandemic, on consumer demand and capacity.

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Collaboration & engagement

Collaboration between rail and train operators, the supply chain and the public is the key to achieving successful operations. It is also a pivotal way to improve efficiency across the network by working together using a common operational view. There is an opportunity in the industry to standardise on GeoSpatial data standards and data interoperability as well as efficiencies in how data is shared. ArcGIS helps to extend the reach of content by seamlessly sharing maps, apps, layers, and more with other parties. 

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Net zero

Achieving Net Zero by 2050 is one of the key performance goals committed to by the Rail industry. Geospatial technology helps measure Biodiversity and enables the understanding of the potential impact of schemes and upgrades on the environment.  The activity will help support rail to become a leader in land management and move towards Net Zero goals. Land belonging to the rail sector offers a huge opportunity to increase its sustainability by offsetting carbon through methods like planting trees and generating renewables such as Solar.  GIS helps to analyse and identify these areas of renewable potential by bringing Spatial Data into a centralised environment.

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