Enabling cooperative rail data ecosystems with RASIC

The Rail Demand Information System is evolving

Use Case 25 Apr 2022 by Sophie Peachey

RASIC is revolutionising the rail sector using IOTICS’ technology. It developed a Rail Demand Information System (RDIS) and is now evolving this using IOTICS’ right-time data-sharing technology to understand the movement of people through the rail network. This includes predictions of passenger demand: useful insight on travel behaviours for transport operators directly and indirectly related to Rail.

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Director at RASIC, Marcus Mayers explained how IOTICS technology has brought value to the project:

“The proof of concept allowed us to understand what the future digital environment will look like. We are now focused on ensuring clean and usable data feeds are baked into our future offering,” they said. “Digital twins are critical to unlocking the much-needed productivity gains to drive up customer experience quality and drive down costs. Only by measuring and presenting information in the ways IOTICS does, can the existing public transport industry hope to remain relevant in the 21st century.” 

Director at Open Train Times, Peter Hicks explained why RASIC wanted to expand its ecosystems:

“RDIS harnesses the best work of smaller companies, each with their own specialism. The solution is greater than the sum of its parts. Key to this is the ability to on-board new suppliers of data.”

The flexibility IOTICS’ digital twin ecosystem brings to RDIS is the ability to add context to people’s use of the Rail network, as a system of trains, services and stations. Gaining insight about alternative uses of stations, such as the shops and facilities, and about people’s prior or onward travel, helps to provide decision support into specific station management as well as the wider challenge of Mobility as a Service. Peter Hicks explained how IOTICS enabled new data feeds for RDIS:

“IOTICS allows RDIS to simplify data exchange by allowing each part of the system to exchange data through digital twins, rather than just shipping large files,” he said. “For example, when a passenger-count estimate for a station is produced, it is sent on to a digital twin immediately, and made available to users as well as to other parts of the system.”

The future of your industry starts now. RDIS has evolved in meaningful ways since it started to share data from multiple sources across organisational boundaries, master right-time data sharing, and bring people and assets together. But this is just the beginning. RASIC wants to expand its ecosystem.

“Digital ecosystems will help bring data from different parts of the industry together using a common language and shared understanding. Data will be better defined, more readily available and, crucially, easier to re-use and generate insights that lead to positive change,” said Peter.

Are you ready to take the first step in building up your data sharing ecosystem and evolving your business? Contact us and talk to a member of our team today.

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