Rail News

Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency Goes Digital

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) is using digital tools to improve railway track maintenance. This will in turn improve the punctuality and safety of trains operating on the network.

The digital tools the agency is using will improve information flow between the track maintenance workers.

FTIA says that to date, contractors and supervisors have used a number of different data systems and reporting tools. This has caused problems in terms of sharing information. As a result, reporting has also not always been consistent. This is especially true  with changing contractors.

Read: Rail Baltica: Presentation of Technical Design Requirements for Two Sections

Related Post:  UK: Preferred Bidders for Network Rail Contracts Announced
FTIA digitalisation project helps make track maintenance more efficient
FTIA digitalisation project helps make track maintenance more efficient © Derek Yu under licence

Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency Digitalisation Project 2016–2018

FTIA launched the Raid-e project under the umbrella of its 2016–2018 digitalisation project. The goal is to have an electronic data management system for the railway infrastructure and associated maintenance works. The underlying purpose is to harmonise the system so that track maintenance workers have better information flow and to make it easier to anticipate work that needs doing.

The Electronic Railway Databank RATKO

The app developed to manage the data is called RATKO. It is a databank for railway infrastructure and contains information for all relevant parties. Beneficially, this means all parties can access the same information at the same time. This then helps track maintenance works, operations and also the planning of track maintenance works.

Related Post:  12 Must-Read Rail News Stories – Industry Insider for Week 6

RAIKU App

The RAIKU app is for track workers to use on a daily basis. Track workers will see their daily tasks in the app and they can use their smartphone or terminal device to log their work. Since all track workers have this app, everyone has access to information in the same way, using the same definitions and information.

RYHTI App

Finally, the RYHTI app helps with managing the data for larger repair and renovation projects. Previously, information was put on Excel spreadsheets and then shared via email between maintenance workers, supervisors and regional managers. Now, personnel can log repair suggestions directly in the electronic system. There is therefore no longer a need to send separate documents. It is also possible to direct repair and renovation tasks to different implementation channels. Any information logged is a valuable resource for larger improvement projects.

Related Post:  Latvian Railway Electrification Project Gets Positive Review from European Commission Experts

Ari-Pekka Manninen, Development Manager at the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, said:

“The RAID-e project produced an important collection of digital applications, databases and systems that provide a good basis for future development of track maintenance and property management.”

Tags in this story

News categories

    18 Apr 2019
    Stadler to Supply 60 Locomotives to VR Group in Finland
    11 Feb 2019
    12 Must-Read Rail News Stories – Industry Insider for Week 6
    06 Feb 2019
    Finland to Establish Limited Company to Participate in Rail Baltica Project
    05 Feb 2019
    Deutsche Bahn Introduces its Research Lab for the Future – the Advanced TrainLab
    04 Feb 2019
    11 Must-Read Rail News Stories – Industry Insider for Week 5
    23 Nov 2018
    GE Transportation at InnoTrans 2018: President and CEO Rafael Santana
    14 Nov 2018
    Signalling Change: How New South Wales is Digitalising its Rail Network
    02 Nov 2018
    Alstom to Showcase Digital Mobility Solutions at SmartCity Expo World Congress
    Subscribe
    Subscribe to Railway-News
    Get the latest contract alerts and Railway News emailed directly to your inbox.

    We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously.

    Please tick to confirm you would like to receive emails we think may be of interest to you. We sometimes tailor the content you see to what we think you'll find interesting, and so monitor your interaction with our website and email content (find out more).