• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Combined Positioning Alternative Signalling System competition, with a value of £4 million is being developed to enable trains to continue to move when the current signal system fails. 

  • Programme: SBRI

  • Award: Up to £4 million

  • Opens: 04 Feb 2015, 00:00

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 27 Mar 2015, 12:00

  • Support phone number: compass@futurerailway.org

Combined Positioning Alternative Signalling System (COMPASS)

Summary

COMbined Positioning Alternative Signalling System (COMPASS) competition, with a value of £4 million, is now open!

 

The Combined Positioning Alternative Signalling System refers to a system that is being developed to enable trains to continue to move when the current signal system fails. It will also provide signallers with an alternative and more accurate view of a train's position, speed and direction of travel.

 

The competition aims to find successful applicants to carry out an initial feasibility study to investigate the technical and commercial viability of their proposed solutions. These feasibility studies will be followed by further down-selections for a System Integration and Test Facility (SI&TF) and demonstrator entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts including representatives from train operating companies (TOCs), Network Rail and RSSB.

 

FutureRailway would like to invite proposals from teams and consortia that may include innovators, engineers and technical specialists across a wide range of sectors including logistics and transportation, defence and security, tracking and positioning and communications. This also includes those with experience of systems and data integration, signalling systems, train positioning and satellite technology to develop proposals for this competition.

 

A COMPASS briefing and partnering event will be held at Prince Philip House SW1Y 5DG on Tuesday 10th February 2015 and potential bidders can register for this event via compass@futurerailway.org. The event will set out the challenge and competition scope in more detail, confirm the competition timeline, provide a networking and consortium building opportunity and enable potential bidders to engage with representatives from Network Rail and FutureRailway.

 

An Invitation to Tender (ITT) pack is also available to potential bidders who wish to participate in the COMPASS Phase 2 competition and can be requested by contacting compass@futurerailway.org. The ITT and associated documentation will be emailed to potential bidders and a link will also be provided to a supporting video that summarises the objectives of COMPASS and the background of the programme.

 

The closing date for submissions is 1pm on Friday 27 March.