Transport for Wales (TfW)
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Successful operational trial leading to a contract for AIVR to be deployed continually across TfW routes
Following an initial demonstration to the TfW Working Group in October a four-week trial was agreed. One Big Circle supplied one of their AIVR-Go devices and TfW supplied the resource to deploy the device onto their operational trains. This was manged by working closely with the Driver Training Managers to place the device in the cabs on selected routes.
The AIVR-Go device, positioned in moments in the windscreen of any class vehicle, would collect video data whilst on the move. The target was to map as much of the Wales and Borders routes within the month. A TfW online dashboard was commissioned to enable the key stakeholders to view the data rapidly throughout the trial.
Within four weeks all accessible routes had been covered by the AIVR-Go and all data had been transmitted by 4G to be instantly accessible online via secure AIVR log-in details. The successful trial enabled seasonal planning management and other members of the team to see the condition of the vegetation and start to categorise encroaching vegetation as Red and Amber alert to direct resources accordingly. In addition, by collecting this valuable data the footage began to be used for detecting signals at fault, driver route familiarisation.
A contract was agreed commencing at the start of 2020 with two AIVR devices deployed across the network to continually capture data and make it available to TfW users and their partners enabling them to see what their trains can see and respond accordingly for safer and more efficient working practices.
“We first saw this technology in September and were so impressed that we commissioned a trial to cover all routes. We’re the first train operator in the UK to deploy the AIVR system on our routes and we’re delighted to be at forefront of using this innovative technology. With management of the Core Valley Lines infrastructure shortly coming under TfW we really think this could make a huge difference to the way we respond to create massive customer, safety and performance benefits.”
– Leyton Powell, Transport for Wales Safety and Assurance Director