Month: June 2018

3Squared joins Paralympian to develop service for disabled rail passengers

3Squared joins Paralympian to develop service for disabled rail passengers

Digital software company 3Squared has teamed up with 8 times Paralympian gold medallist Sophie Christiansen to develop Rail4All, a service to enable disabled people, especially those with hidden disabilities, to access the rail network and book assistance with confidence.

3Squared is developing Rail4All having won a rail accessibility competition run by the DfT & RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board).

The prize is access to funds to develop a reliable and fit for purpose process that allows disabled passengers to book assistance and then travel by train in the knowledge that help will be available as requested.

At the centre of Rail4All is an intuitive mobile application that is being built by 3Squared with guidance from Sophie Christiansen, who is sharing her rail travel experiences and knowledge of issues affecting disabled rail passengers.

Sophie’s insight allows 3Squared to understand the extent of the problems encountered by disabled rail travellers.

Rail4All needs to address the shortcomings of the current system, highlighted by research carried out by the Office of Road and Rail. This revealed that nearly 25 percent of disabled people who book assistance do not receive the service they requested, while some 70 percent of those surveyed were not aware the service exists.

Common failings of the existing passenger assistance process that deter disabled people from travelling by train include staff not arriving to meet them at agreed points, stations at either end of the journey unaware of the journey and staff being late.

3Squared Commercial Director, James Fox, explained that his company knows an app alone will not solve all the challenges facing disabled passengers who need help on their train journeys.

“Rail4All is a blend of technology application, business change and awareness generation,” he said.

“Rail4All will use GPS for location tracking, internet connectivity for train tracking and instant messaging to coordinate help.

“One of the key challenges Rail4All will face is resistance to change so it is our job to make its adoption frictionless.

“Operators and infrastructure owners are under tremendous pressure, so the new system must not increase the administrative or financial burden.

“In our model advertising will cover the costs so there will be no charge for passengers, train operators or station owners to access Rail4All.”

3Squared is to trial the service at several stations with a number of passenger operators including East Midlands Trains. 3Squared is also seeking a number of volunteers to help trail the Rail4All application, anyone who is interested should email [email protected]

 

First European trains start being prepared by Hector Rail AB using the 3Squared developed RailSmart MCA train preparation tool

RailSmart MCA Icon

This week marked a momentus occasion for 3Squared as its first European customer, Hector Rail AB begin preparing its trains with the RailSmart MCA train preparation tool.

Effectively, RailSmart MCA allows the Freight Operating Companies (FOCs) to optimise efficiency within its freight cars (consists), whilst using the data to improve management decision making and the service it offers to customers.

The solution is available to all Freight Operating Companies (FOCs) and can reduce train preparation time by up to 75%, as a result of switching from traditional paper based systems that rely on manual entry to a digital solution.

The UK version of MCA supports direct entry of details of freight cargoes into Network Rail’s Total Operations Processing System (TOPS), introducing major efficiencies and 3Squared are currently working on integrating the platform into the European equivalents including Trafikverket and DB Netz.

The benefits will be that it enables real-time monitoring of the consisting process for all stakeholders and it will also allow for better network planning decisions.

The tablet application provides FOCs with the ability to:

  • View consists in progress
  • Capture locomotive, wagon and container information
  • Capture container/wagon weight, issues and dangerous goods information
  • Consist a train via the tablet application, receiving confirmation from TOPS
  • Capture signatures for Ground Staff and Drivers

Whilst a secure web application provides operators with the ability to:

  • View consists in progress
  • View completed consists
  • View TOPs receipts for completed consists
  • Access Reports/Analytics

You can find out more information about the RailSmart products and the RailSmart MCA application on the dedicated RailSmart.io website here.

If you would like to speak with someone to find out more information, please call us on 0333 121 33 33

No ‘Bored’ Faces at our Treehouse Gaming Social

3Squared Treehouse Gaming Social

The 3Squared team are a gregarious bunch and we try to sample the delights of our beloved Sheffield with a company social at least 3 times a year.

The latest venture was held at the Treehouse Café, Sheffield’s first establishment to combine food, drink and board gaming.

We had use of the function room and had the opportunity to play our games of choice, as well as to take part in team activities specially designed for the company’s corporate entertainment evenings.

Expectations for this particular social were high as there are a lot of games fans amongst us, and, the venue certainly didn’t disappoint. There was a large collection of games; comforting and familiar classics, family Christmas staples and also a range of new titles, proving board games are still a thriving industry and a popular pastime across many age groups, as demonstrated by the plethora of similar gaming outfits springing up around the UK.

The Treehouse team (clearly knowledgeable and enthusiastic gamers themselves) took good care of us and designed a series of activities that pitted teams against each other in a competitive battle to test skills such as logic, dexterity and reaction times. The drinks were plentiful in choice and the buffet was a feast of locally made deliciousness.

A roaring success and I’m sure we’ll be back.

Sheffield’s 3Squared boosts profits and creates jobs

Sheffield based digital software company 3Squared has enjoyed another successful year of business growth and job creation as it celebrates its 16th anniversary in the city.

3Squared announced a 60per cent year on year increase in profits while confirming its commitment to help bring economic growth to Sheffield.

The company also pledged to help deliver apprenticeships and career opportunities for locally educated students and graduates.

Award-winning 3Squared has established itself in the construction and, especially, the rail industries, where its suite of RailSmart applications is helping to lead the drive to digitalise the railway.

In addition to the success of RailSmart 3Squared has also won a series of large, 6 figure innovation software projects which will benefit the rail industry and, importantly, the travelling public.

3Squared founders, Managing Director Tim Jones and Commercial Director James Fox, both Hallam University alumni, are proud of the success they have enjoyed in Sheffield and delighted with the attitude and quality of work of its people.

“We celebrate in June our 16th year in Sheffield,” said Tim, “and we’ve only good things to say about the city.

“It’s been challenging, but our skilled and dedicated workforce has helped us become a supplier of choice to industries looking to digitalise their processes.

“To maintain our position, we need quality recruits so, to that end, we’re increasing our web team by 50 per cent and actively ramping up our student placement and graduate programmes.

“We’re working with Sheffield College on technical apprenticeships and this year we will have 5 Sheffield students in for work experience. We’re also looking to support Sheffield Hallam University’s degree apprenticeship programmes.”

Commercial Director James explained that 3Squared’s tremendous success in the transport industry is due to the quality of the product and of the people working for the company in Sheffield.

James explained: “We have attracted new customers from right across the rail network, including passenger and freight train operating companies as well as suppliers to the industry and have worked in partnership to deliver.

“We couldn’t have done it without the skills, support and dedication of our people.”

 

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