The RailSmart suite of apps, created by digital technology company 3Squared to improve operational performance, is among the first products to be acknowledged by a new programme, the Recognised Innovation Scheme, aimed at opening the railway industry to new innovations.
The Rail Innovation Group and Hitachi Rail announced the creation of the scheme on 15 April 2019.
James Fox, the co-founder of RailSmart developers 3Squared, said he was honoured that his company was one of the first of the new technology businesses to be recognised by the scheme, which will look for start-ups, small suppliers, as well as individuals contributing to innovation within the railway industry.
To be endorsed by the scheme, the products and people will have to:
· – contributed to the Rail Innovation Group’s mission of promoting a modern, efficient rail system,
· – demonstrated an ability to create a seamless journey experience, and
· – adopted a customer-centric approach and committed to sharing that approach with the wider industry.
3Squared and one other supplier along with two individuals received inaugural recognition at the launch.
With the scheme now live it is welcoming applications on an ongoing basis.
The programme will include a series of regional events bringing together the railway and technology communities to promote opportunities for start-ups and small suppliers.
Milda Manomaityte, co-leader of the Rail Innovation Group said: “The goal of the scheme is for our community of rail and technology professionals to work together and find solutions that will benefit both. I am particularly excited to recognise people in this scheme, because they are the ones challenging the status quo and fighting for innovative products and solutions to be embraced by their peers.”