UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £968,000, plus VAT, for innovations that demonstrate security surveillance analytics in Network Rail stations.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of up to £968,000
Opens: 16th Sep 2019
Closes: 13th Nov 2019
This competition aims to find out whether security surveillance systems and associated analytics can work in a station environment without disrupting the rail network.
The goal is to install surveillance analytics to enhance existing systems. The objective is to enhance safety and to reduce delay minutes resulting from station incidents caused by unusual, unsuitable and undesirable behaviours.
In phase 1 you will develop and demonstrate your analytics system using pre-recorded data. If you are invited to phase 2 you will further develop your R&D by trialling the system in a live station environment. Your application must describe your proposal and costs for both phases.
Your proposal must show that your system can meet the following requirements to progress to the phase 2 trial.
Your proposal must show how scalability will affect performance.
User requirements and alerts:
Your proposal must also show:
The system you develop in phase 1 and trial in phase 2 must provide all of the following.
Third-party data integration:
Real time data driven alerts for:
Detection of unusual and undesirable behaviour of individuals at stations:
Detection of abandoned objects:
They do not want projects to focus on the following system performance aspects:
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:
Up to £968,000, plus VAT, has been allocated to fund innovation projects in phase 1.
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:
Your project’s total eligible costs must be up to £121,000, plus VAT. Phase 1 projects must plan to start by March 2020 and can last up to 3 months. They are expecting to fund up to 8 phase 1 projects.
A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.
An extra £500,000, plus VAT, will be available for phase 2.
If you are invited to apply for phase 2 your installation and trial should demonstrate that the system can:
At end of the trial you must return the system to standard Network Rail operations.
You must produce a final research report with evidence to support your findings, showing how the technology performs in railway environments. It must include:
For phase 2, your project’s total eligible costs must be up to £250,000, plus VAT. Innovate UK expect to fund 2 phase 2 projects. Projects must plan to start by July 2020 and last up to 12 months.
Innovate UK are not funding projects that: