Press Release: Govia Thameslink Railways

Perpetuum wins contract to supply Govia Thameslink Railways

Perpetuum, the global leader in vibration energy harvesting and its application in asset management across the rail industry, has announced that it has received an order from Govia Thameslink Railway to supply wireless sensor systems for four additional Class 170 units joining the existing Class 171 fleet.

The sensor systems monitor wear of the bearings and wheels to help maintenance engineers determine when maintenance is needed. Perpetuum’s world leading Energy Harvesters enable the self-powered maintenance free wireless sensors to be fitted in a few minutes without the need for complex retrofit wiring. This new agreement follows the successful installation of Perpetuum sensor systems on a number of Southern (now part of Govia Thameslink Railway) trains in 2014.

Perpetuum’s sensor systems collect vibration data while a train is in motion and this data is transmitted wirelessly to Perpetuum’s database where software algorithms look for the signatures of bearing and wheel wear. The result of this analysis can then be monitored remotely using web-based access. Maintenance engineers can then use the data to view the condition of their assets. Isolated faults can then be rectified before they become a problem, thus improving reliability and safety as well as dramatically reducing operational and maintenance costs. This in turn improves asset utilisation for the operator and reduces service disruption for passengers.

Current practice on most UK trains is to service them on a mileage basis. Therefore, components are replaced regardless of their condition and even good components are replaced. However, the Perpetuum system opens up the opportunity of moving to a “maintain on need” regime, which enables massive cost savings to be made. It also means that premature failures can be identified thus improving safety.

Often improved safety has a cost but this system enables costs to be reduced whilst at the same time improving safety. Perpetuum’s system provides a complete Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM) solution for the train, including a communications backbone which does not require a hard-wired backbone to be installed. Subsequently additional monitoring of other systems can be added with minimal disruption and cost. This gives the capability to monitor further components such as traction motors, gearboxes and transmissions.

Perpetuum have also developed a track monitoring solution, using their existing system, to allow early detection of track degradation or faults, including the monitoring of the quality of recent corrective work. This allows both operators and infrastructure maintainers to detect defects earlier, and take action to reduce the cost and delay impact on the railway.

Perpetuum’s innovative technology has been delivered to train operators in the USA, UK, Sweden, Ireland, and Australia. In the UK, the technology has chosen by operators such as Abellio Scotrail, Keolis Amey Docklands and London and Southeastern Railways.

Press Contact: Richard Pagett, Aria Public Relations, email: Tel: 01582 635105 Justin Southcombe, Commercial Director at Perpetuum is available for interview. Please email:

Editor’s Notes:

Perpetuum is a global leader in the provision of information to maximise safety and reliability and reduce costs. Its award winning, self-powered, wireless sensing technology, combined with its vibration engineering expertise and rich analytics, provides real time information that enables the rail industry to optimise railway operations.

Perpetuum’s revolutionary technology is deployed and operational on the UK, Australian and Swedish national passenger rail networks. Perpetuum represents SMEs on the Rail Supply Group council that reports to the UK government.