Perpetuum and Direct Rail Services win Innovate UK’s ‘First of a Kind’ competition

Innovate UK, the United Kingdom’s innovation agency, has selected Perpetuum and Direct Rail Services (DRS) to deliver a project for the Department for Transport (DfT) set to make the UK rail network more efficient, greener and cleaner, as part of its £7.8million ‘First of a Kind’ competition.

Run by Innovate UK and funded by the DfT to support research, development and innovation in the UK rail industry, the “First of a Kind’competition seeks innovative ideas that can be adapted to transform rail travel. Strengthening resilience of railway infrastructure and operations, enhancing rail freight services, and reducing environmental and noise impacts were the themes for this current round.

DRS and Perpetuum will partner to deliver the first UK freight locomotive to have wireless wheelset condition monitoring installed. The ‘in-flight’ condition monitoring solution will mean, for the first time, it will be possible to mitigate in service bearing and wheel failures on any route, independent of location and status of trackside measurement equipment. It is the first installation of a smaller, lighter, energy harvester powered wireless node from Perpetuum, in its first major project with UK freight operators.

Perpetuum’s solution brings significant asset management intelligence and connectivity to the project, while DRS provides a comprehensive range of rail transport and network support services to the UK’s leading freight companies and FTSE 100 businesses.

“We are delighted to have been selected for the project and to partner with DRS,” explains Roy Freeland, President of Perpetuum. “Innovation such as ours can help to solve challenges in the public sector and we look forward to delivering another success story for the Department for Transport and Innovate UK.”

“Direct Rail Services are excited to be partnering Perpetuum in the development and application of their innovative Remote Condition Monitoring equipment and solutions to the rail freight sector,” comments Andy Martlew, Traction and Rolling Stock Development Engineer.

“This round has been the biggest yet and I am excited to see how our funding will bring these ambitious ideas to fruition,” says Andrew Jones, the UK’s Rail Minister.

ScotRail C170 fleet utilises Perpetuum’s onboard solution

Perpetuum’s onboard solutions will be utilised by Abellio ScotRail to help future proof the operator’s C170 diesel turbostar fleet,one of the key parts of its rolling stock portfolio. 

This is the second fleet operated by ScotRail, after the C334 in 2017, to benefit from Perpetuum’s remote condition monitoring technology and analytics.

The project is a collaboration between Perpetuum and Porterbrook Leasing Company to supply bearing and wheel monitoring onboard Porterbrook’s 34 trainsets in the C170 diesel turbostar fleet, operated by Abellio ScotRail. 

Porterbrook Leasing Company specialises in the leasing of all types of railway rolling stock and its associated equipment. By providing freight and train operating companies with modern rolling stock, they can be assured of high standards of reliability and performance from their fleets. 

Working in synergy, Perpetuum’s in-flight condition monitoring solution brings significant asset management intelligence and connectivity to Porterbrook’s train operating customers such as ScotRail, helping to improve its fleet and deploy a digital strategy that optimises legacy rolling stock. “We are extremely pleased to continue our collaboration with Porterbrook and Abellio Scotrail, helping to change the expectations of what can be achieved with existing rolling stock by using digitalised asset management,” says Andy Stephens, UK Sales Manager for Perpetuum

Perpetuum to speak at Rise of IoT and Big Data in Rail 2019

Perpetuum has announced it will be speaking at the Rise of IoT and Big Data in Rail event, held in Munich, Germany, 28th and 29thMay 2019. 

Following on from the success of the event in 2018, The Rise of IoT and Big Data in Rail will explore the huge breadth of predictive maintenance applications of big data, allowing Infrastructure Managers and train operating companies understand fully how they can benefit from harvesting data from across the whole of their railway operations. 

Rolf Laager, Perpetuum’s Sales Manager for the DACH region will be sharing with delegates Perpetuum’s experience in aggregating vehicle and infrastructure data to drive out system and process inefficiencies in rail.

Mr Laager states, “Perpetuum is at the forefront of data capture and the innovative application development needed to harness it to its maximum potential. As a company, we are at the forefront of the digitisation of the railways, capturing the “in flight” status of rail assets for train operators around the world. We look forward to sharing our experience with the industry at the event.” 

Perpetuum wins first contract in Middle East with The Saudi Railway Company SAR

Perpetuum has announced it has won its first contract in the Middle East with The Saudi Railway Company (SAR). The two-year contract for track condition information services covers 1250km from Riyadh to Qurrayat.

SAR was founded in 2006 to implement a railway project linking the northern region with both the eastern and central regions of Saudi Arabia. SAR is looking to prioritise safety and ride quality using live monitoring and the Perpetuum solution will be an element of its new approach to condition based maintenance management as part of its digitization strategy. 

Conditions in Saudi Arabia are some of the most extreme in world railways, operating in a predominantly desert environment and excessive temperatures that can often reach over 55 degree Celsius. SAR is looking to generate the maintenance knowledge itself, with corrective work prioritised. 

“This is a great step for SAR in its journey to implement a condition based maintenance management strategy and we look forward to the exciting opportunities our partnership with Perpetuum will bring,”  says Ashrf Al Jabri,  Head of Rolling Stock for SAR.

Perpetuum’s self-powered, wireless sensing technology, combined with its vibration engineering expertise and rich data analytics capability, will provide SAR with valuable real time information. Perpetuum will supply equipment for 2 SAR passenger trains.“We are delighted to announce our first contact in the Middle East with SAR,” explains Justin Southcombe, Commercial Director for Perpetuum. “It is another stage in our global growth and development and illustrates why remote condition monitoring is so important to the rail industry.”

Perpetuum to present at F# eXchange 2019

Perpetuum, the remote condition monitoring specialist, is to sponsor and speak at F# eXchange 2019, an event for those involved in the F# community to share ideas and learn new concepts, tools and approaches using the F# language.   

“We are very pleased to be sponsoring F# eXchange 2019, particularly since our principal developer will be giving a keynote speech,” says Justin Southcombe, Commercial Director for Perpetuum. “F# has been integral to developing the Perpetuum solution, which has been implemented by rail operators not just in the UK but as far afield as Australia and Japan. Our remote condition monitoring system is now improving performance, boosting customer satisfaction and advancing safety across the world.”

As Perpetuum expands its global reach, new applications are developed to suit regional and sector-specific specifications. While Perpetuum’s onboard hardware is standard, its unique applications are bespoke. 

Perpetuum’s highly skilled team of developers continues to be a hotbed of application development and innovation.  The team has developed unique applications, which enable rail asset managers to see in real time the “in flight” condition of their wheelsets, bogies and track – even on handheld devices hundreds, if not thousands of miles away from their asset. The company’s principal developer, Kit Eason, will be a keynote speaker. Ahighly experienced developer, Kit has worked in industries from automotive engineering to energy trading. For more details on Perpetuum visit

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