NR’s Accelerated Innovation programme approached Intoware last year as information on its track renewals was not being fully captured and utilised efficiently across the network. The digitalisation trial based at NR’s Aston Depot combined existing solutions to help standardise data collection and reporting of safety critical renewals from legacy paper-based processes into one, easy-to-use and adaptable “connected worker” solution.

The digital automation platform WorkfloPlus was specified as it converts paper-based workflows into easy-to-follow, step-by-step digital work instructions that are accessible via wearable head-mounted tablets (HMT’s) featuring augmented reality from RealWear as part of a connected-worker solution. The new system improved efficiency by up to 70% and improved track safety. Workers can go hands-free via voice-controlled headsets and collect data supported by images, video, emergency calling and GPS integration for reliable referencing enabling a consistent approach to renewals.