Having been awarded a five-year deal to provide flight management systems for Network Rail’s drone operations, Dronecloud has launched a system enabling people planning to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle within 50 m of NR lines to submit a flight plan for approval, which is typically given with 24 h.
Whoosh has worked with Ordamo to add at-seat refreshment ordering to its QR-code based Real-Time Journey Dashboard which passengers can use to access information on board trains. ‘Our Real-Time Journey Dashboard is like having a personal concierge in your pocket when you take the train’, said Whoosh founder & CEO Edmund Caldecott. ‘It knows where you are on your journey, can help you plan onward travel, powers communication between you and the service operator and now even allows you to get a coffee delivered to your seat.’
Using £1·05m of DfT funding through the Live Labs programme, Central Bedfordshire Council, Ringway Jacobs, West Midlands Trains and technology provider Pavegen have installed kinetic floor tiles at Leighton Buzzard station. These generate electricity from walking passengers to power two USB charging benches and a digital display screen.
Third-party rail schemes specialist SLC Rail has obtained Great Place To Work ’Excellence in Wellbeing’ accreditation.
Rail, highway and water company Cairn Cross Civil Engineering has rebranded as Cairn Cross. ‘Over recent years, we’ve rapidly grown supplying services to medium and large projects across multiple sectors like rail, highways, waterways and electricity infrastructure. This new identity for the brand helps staple our ideas and commitments’, said Commercial Director Rob Lockwood.
South Wales further education college Coleg y Cymoedd has partnered with Protech Rail Engineering to create a Protech Training Academy which will provide an initial 11 apprentices and up to 100 more over the next two years. Staffing company Ganymedeis the first employer to engage with the partnership, and will provide hands-on experience for apprentices.