On:trac have developed eTrac - a new application that enables operatives planning and working on or near the line to create electronic track diagrams. These diagrams provide a geospatial and schematic view of the track and associated assets for the creation of safe systems of work (SSOW). This tool is the first of its kind within the UK and is set to revolutionise health and safety in the rail industry.
Companies can use this tool to create a single view of the world, automatically layering trackside information including speed and direction of trains, local hazards & risks, signals, bridges, structures, overhead lines, level crossings and stations etc.
The tool will also allow approved users to update asset information in real-time by using hand held devices at the trackside and feed-back local information to Network Rail. This real time communication will dramatically lower the risks and hazards to those operatives who work or plan near or on the line.
Chris Johnson, Head of Rail Safety Improvement at On:trac commented:
“There are numerous benefits to eTrac, the information from these diagrams will reduce incidents and near misses on and near the line relating to track orientation and spacial awareness. It will help collect and share local knowledge and will provide insight from accidents. This will ultimately provide a rich database of trackside information.”
Mark Atkinson, Chief Technical Officer commented:
“eTrac is currently being tested by cross section of our existing customers and we are planning to roll it out to the rest of our customer base in April.”
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