If your business has an idea that you think could keep rail traffic on the move, you could win a contract to do a feasibility study, develop a prototype and demonstrate it to industry experts.
This SBRI (small business research initiative) competition is part of Phase 2 of the Combined Positioning Alternative Signalling System (COMPASS) programme being developed to:
enable trains to continue to move when the existing signal system fails
provide signallers with an alternative and more accurate view of a train’s position, speed and direction of travel
Successful applicants will be funded to carry out an initial feasibility study to investigate the technical and commercial viability of their proposed solutions.
On the basis of this study applicants will be selected to demonstrate their solutions to a panel of industry experts including representatives from train operating companies (TOCs), and competition sponsors Network Rail and RSSB.
the competition is now open
there’ll be a briefing event on 10 February 2015, potential bidders can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
the deadline for receipt of applications is 1pm on Friday 27 March 2015