Yesterday at SmartRail Europe, the votes were counted and the winners of the inaugural SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards 2016 were announced. SmartRail World was onsite to see the conclusion of the three month long, continent-wide search for the most innovative new products and solutions for rail and metro in Europe. Now that the winners have been selected and the awards received, we take a look and find out more about the winners and their solutions.
The winner of the Product of the Year was Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and Abellio – with their world first - ‘video ticket office’ NextAgent™ at Stansted Airport in the United Kingdom.
Speaking on the announcement of their win Roger Crow, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) Europe: “We are thrilled to receive this recognition in partnership with Abellio, with whom we are working side-by-side to trial what they consider an efficient and qualified solution for assisting their passengers arriving at Stansted, en-route from plane to train and their final destination. This demonstrates our goal of understanding customer requirements and delivering a technology solution that meets our customer’s need for enhancing their travelers’ experience.”
Runner up was Virgin Trains - Automatic Delay Repay (ADR) with EAMS Group’s Metro Mobile App for Signals Maintenance at London Underground being voted Highly Commended.
Project of the Year 2016 was secured by Virgin Trains for their new customer information screens at Euston Station in London.
Paul Corney, Customer Experience Manager London Euston, Virgin Trains on winning the Award; “At Virgin Trains we’re always striving for innovative ways to improve our customer experience still further. At London Euston, there is sometimes a huge rush of passengers when the platform for a particular train is announced. Traditional crowd management wouldn’t work so we looked at developing a new solution. This involved modifying and enhancing the departure boards and using SMS messaging to break the flow of passengers into smaller groups. This approach has hugely improved the customer experience when boarding at Euston and we’re delighted to have been recognised by Smart Rail Europe.”
Runner up was NedTrain with their HealthMeter project and Trafikverket’s (UPPSAMT) “Connected2Rail” project was voted Highly Commended.
One of the judging panel Oliver Drewes, Director European Union Liaison Office at Dutch National Rail Operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) commented on the Awards; "Only through smart innovation, such as provided by the Smart Rail Europe Innovation award winning participants, the rail sector can reinvent itself time and again and remain fit for its ultimate purpose: moving people and goods timely, sustainably and efficiently around in an ever more interconnected world."
Chair of the judges, Luke Upton, Editor of SmartRail World added; “It’s been fantastic to see such a variety of entries this year, from large scale global projects, to small focussed products aiming to improve a single aspect of a passenger’s journey. The rail industry used to be considered a conservative one, and the award winners really underline that this is no longer the case.”
The SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards 2016 have been a huge success and last night, in a ceremony at the end of day one at SmartRail Europe the winners received their trophies at the ceremony. And, they had an extra reason to celebrate as they also received a bottle of Beinn Dubh whisky courtesy of our friends at the Speyside Distillery in Scotland. We are already looking forward to next year!
Product Innovation of the Year – identifies the best and most innovative products in the rail and metro industry. Hardware or software, it can be a new product, an update of an existing solution or an improved way of utilising current technology that will improve our industry. The focus can be large or small but the product and the improvement it makes is the important factor.
Product of the Year 2016.
- Winner - Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) & Abellio - A world first - ‘video ticket office’ NextAgent™ at Stansted Airport.
- Runner Up - Virgin Trains - Automatic Delay Repay (ADR).
- Highly Commended - EAMS Group - Metro Mobile App for Signals Maintenance at London Underground.
Project of the Year – recognizes new developments and ways of thinking in improving and increasing efficiency in rail and metro project delivery and management. With a particular focus on projects that have helped deliver a safer, more reliable transit network, increased capacity, boosted ridership or improved passenger experience.
Project of the Year 2016.
- Winner - Virgin Trains - New customer information screens for Euston Station.
- Runner Up - NedTrain - The HealthMeter project.
- Highly Commended - Trafikverket (UPPSAMT) - “Connected2Rail” project.
Judging Panel: Oliver Drewes, (Director European Union Liaison Office, NS), Ernst Kleine (EUG Lead Engineer, ERTMS User Group), David Clarke (Technical Director, Railway Industry Association), Jim Baker, (CEO, Xentrans), Cormac Rabbitt (Managing Director, Metro Dublin) and Luke Upton (Editor, SmartRail World)