From start up to making the smart bogie a reality: Perpetuum celebrates 15-year anniversary

Perpetuum is celebrating its 15-year anniversary. From its beginnings in 2004 at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom (UK), Perpetuum is now a thriving global business, transforming asset management for rail operators around the world.

Perpetuum’s 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. Today its revolutionary technology is deployed and operational in the UK, Australian, USA, Swedish and Saudi Arabian national passenger rail networks and has launched its solution into the freight sector too.

The company’s story began at the University of Southampton, where innovative energy harvesting technology to power wireless sensors was originally developed. Perpetuum was then launched as a start up, attracting funding and customers, which enabled it to grow customer interest as the benefits of energy harvesters to power sensors for the IoT excited many industrial markets. High volume business then accelerated with the development of complete systems and analytics for on board remote condition monitoring which transformed rail operations for its customers. The company went on to develop the ‘smart bogie’, essentially making ‘in flight’ monitoring a reality.

“We have come a long way in 15 years, and we have never stopped growing, improving and innovating as we continue on our journey,” says Perpetuum’s President, Roy Freeland. “Perpetuum is now a well established and respected player in the rail sector, and with new partnerships and new markets to aim at, we are expanding our reach and influence on the future direction of rail asset management.”

Perpetuum is a member of the Rail Industry Association and Rail Alliance and in 2019 announced its solution is to be utilised by Eversholt Rail to provide crucial real-time information on operator Abellio ScotRail’s Class 320 fleet, the third ScotRail fleet to adopt Perpetuum’s condition-based monitoring solution, following the success of its roll out on the C334 and C170 fleets.

The company also partnered with Direct Rail Services (DRS) to win Innovate UK’s First of a Kind competition, to deliver a project for the Department for Transport (DfT) to monitor the condition of freight locomotives, Perpetuum will also be delivering new projects in Australia, UK, France and the Middle East during the course of 2019.