Month: September 2020

RailSmart Virtual Roadshow (13-14th October)

RailSmart on Laptop and Mobile Tablet

Technology is transforming transport and the way we work.  3Squared is at the forefront of that change. We understand how to use change and innovation in technology to deliver value.

Join us on Tuesday 13th October and Wednesday 14th October 2020 for a series of free, interactive sessions to learn more about RailSmart and participate in live discussion.

Our RailSmart® suite of products is powering transformational change across the rail sector. By digitalising typically wieldy processes we are helping our clients become more efficient, improve safety and reduce operational and administrative costs.

To demonstrate the range of our products and services, and to give you chance to see how RailSmart® could help you, we are running a number of live product demonstrations and thought leadership seminars during our new virtual roadshow.

The seminars will discuss the latest trends and emerging needs of the rail sector and delve into how digital transformation is essential to meet those needs.

Additionally, we will be joined by our guest speakers from the Rail Freight Group and RSSB providing industry insight on the rail freight sector and the new Rail Technical Strategy.


Tuesday 13th October (Day One) 

• 10.00 – 11.15 Digital Competency Management for all

Learn about RailSmart EDS and how our digital tools remove the burden from assessments to managing employee performance.

• 13.00 – 14.00 Adopting to new ways of working in rail freight

Learn about RailSmart and the Freight industry, with guest speaker introduction Maggie Simpson Director General RFG

• 15.00-16.00 RailSmart EDS User group

A virtual question and answer session for existing EDS Competency Management customers

• 16.00 – 17.00 Managing the Supply Chain with BulkSmart

A preview of RailSmart BulkSmart and its features and benefits for yard management, order tracking and Load tracking



Wednesday 14th October (Day Two)

• 10.00 – 11.30 – Incident Management for Operations

Streamlining Incident Management and smarter decision making by collaborating through RailSmart IM

• 13.00 – 14.00 – The new Rail Technical Strategy and the underpinning R&D

Learn more about the new RTS and what it means for RSSB R&D programme and the 3Squared’s Dynamic Freight Capacity Management project with guest speaker introduction Luisa Moisio, R&D Programme Director

• 15.00-16.00 – RailSmart Operations User group

A virtual question and answer session for existing customers using IM and Documents & Forms


ETCS and the importance of business change and business readiness

RailSmart Software on tablet with user

The East Coast Digital Programme (ECDP) has been heralded as the “flagship digital programme” for Network Rail’s Control Period 6 (CP6), modelling a new way for industry investment and growth. It is the first step of the digital network strategy and long-term deployment plan, projecting strong growth for future opportunities across the UK rail industry and creating a dynamic railway fit for the future.

The ECDP is, at its heart, an industry and supplier partnership model, an industry endorsed preferred option that is governed by an Industry Steering Board. It presents a strong business case and provides a complete transition to in-cab signalling on ECML South. You can learn more about the development of the ECDP in action over on Network Rail’s YouTube channel here.

Delivering a digital railway

Delivering a digital railway is fundamentally about changing how the railway is operated and maintained. It is about showcasing the sustained benefits it will provide to customers, stakeholders and funders, and reveals how a new operating reality can be underpinned by world standard technologies for in-cab train control and traffic management.

The application of a digital railway takes a conventional railway from one that is discontinuous, proprietary and fixed, to the worse case scenarios with intermittent safety provision. It transforms it to a railway that is continuous and interoperable, enabling each train to run to its capability in turn maximising the safety of the railway.

A tried and tested model

Technologically speaking, this in itself is not a major leap forward. In fact, this was first conceptualised in 1989 and has been tried and tested many times with several successful implementations across Europe.

However, it enables a complete change of principle in the ways in which we work. It is these initial changes in how we work that are a direct result of the introduction of these digital technologies. These could present a number of challenges for the rail industry, if underestimated and not considered adequately from the outset.

Embracing ETCS

Here at 3Squared, we are involved with the European Train Control System (ETCS) in mainland Europe, supporting operators and standards teams as they transition drivers, crew and ground staff into new ways of working.

We are helping to support this transition through our tools including RailSmart EDS. This enables us to support a wide range of organisations to manage change, create, identify training needs and schedule a blend of classroom-based learning, assessments and any number of interactions.

In addition to the above, we also lend our support through our RailSmart Virtual Academy platform; a learning management system (LMS) that is used to deliver eLearning courses, virtual instructor led training and micro simulation. The RailSmart Virtual Academy also delivers a blended learning experience that adapts to the training needs of today’s busy, time sensitive organisations where resources are tight.

We also provide micro simulation tools, such as the ETCS DMI Simulator. This tool is currently free to download in the Apple App Store, and is used by organisations such as LNER to familiarise their drivers with the ETCS in cab DMI.

In order for all of the above transitions to be successful, industry stakeholders, who have different needs and requirements, must be accommodated and robust business changes effectively implemented by digital tools. All going well, these can combine to help the rail sector transition from the current ‘as-is’ to the new ‘to-be’, certainly making for an exciting space in which to operate.

Find out more about 3Squared’s products and services here.