Maintenance-free technology (railways)

A High level strategy is proposed here. A diagram is provided in this chapter, describing the strategy which has two main channels of information:

A snapshot channel. This is a real-time information channel. It can generate revenue by selling its data. For example, logistical business from other industries could buy access to this channel in return for information about rolling stock availability and location etc. Developing such a link is a commonsense thing to do, since the communication platform (GSM-R) is already in place. This channel should be independent from the current system that actually operates the signaling and timetable each train's movements etc. 

An existing channel which combines three main asset management systems, FMS, MARLIN and NGP. Yet, a computing technology offers great capacities to improve integration between the three systems and acquire better, cleaner and up-to-date information from the range of sensors and inspection systems on the infrastructure.

At the heart of the strategy there is the database management solution.  The value of any database depends upon the quality of data stored, history, security, robustness and the application running on it. These also determine the cost of the database.

Mining database is a technology which can convert a database into a knowledgebase. So, a database with the right mining application can provide answers for current problems, offer computer predictions and solutions for improvements. This technology, can for example, pinpoint a particular locomotive that damages a particular type of points because of its direction and load.

Actions and improvements can now be taken upon the knowledgebase, which continually update itself by the feedback loop. This loop is important. It can provide bodies such ORR with updated information, straightaway from the knowledgebase. Moreover, it can monitor the actions and their results.