Opportunity for businesses to apply for a share of £1.08 million, plus VAT, to develop solutions to detect and deter trespass at railway platform ends and edges.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £1.08 million
Opens: 2nd Dec 2019
Closes: 29th Jan 2020
Network Rail will invest up to £1.08 million, plus VAT. This will support the development of a technological and/or physical solution which will detect and deter trespass onto the railway from platform ends and edges.
Whilst Network Rail are eager to embrace new forms of innovation, the solution must be scalable to suit a variety of station environments. This will be tested through trials at multiple live station environments.
Network Rail’s security challenges include trespass at platform ends and edges (such as fare evasion or shortcuts) and incursion over platform ends and edges to commit crime (such as cable theft or vandalism). Network Rail is seeking to demonstrate the capability of physical and/or technological solutions to combat these challenges.
Your solution must be scalable to suit different station environments, including those with:
When a trespass is detected, your solution must have the ability to deter physically, visually or audibly. In addition, it must be able to send an alert to a designated person or system to enable a response.
Your project must trial a solution in 2 live station environments for 12 months to account for seasonal fluctuations in trespass. Your application must describe the expected costs for:
The goal is to install trespass reduction solutions that work for the end user. The objective is to enhance safety and reduce the number of minutes of delay resulting from trespass. Network Rail aims to create a detailed report on the projects’ findings.
Your solution must:
Your proposal must show:
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Your organisation must:
Your organisation can work alone or, if you do not have all the required expertise, you can work with others as subcontractors.
Innovate UK understand it may be a challenge to access railway assets and get permission to make modifications. You will need to develop your own relationships with railway asset owners, but to get help finding sub-contractors you could:
There is up to £1.08 million, plus VAT, allocated to fund projects in this competition. Each project can apply for up to £360,000, plus VAT.
Your project’s total eligible costs must be between £200,000 and £360,000, plus VAT.
Your project should start by 1 May 2020 and can last up to 16 months.
You must allow 4 months for development and installation of your project, followed by a 12-month trial. You must demonstrate suitability to undertake work proposed in a live railway station environment. At the close of the trial, your project must deliver evidence of achieving rail industry readiness level (RIRL) 6.
The competition is expected to fund at least 3 projects.
Successful projects will be 100% funded. The funding is provided by Network Rail and the competition process is managed by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.
Applications must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively for research and development (R&D) services. R&D does not include:
Innovate UK discourage you from focusing on:
Innovate UK are not funding projects that: