trains on platform at Liverpool Street station, London
trains on platform at Liverpool Street station, London

IoT Technology and the Rail Industry

21 February 2022

With rising energy costs, increasingly urgent energy efficiency targets and health and safety responsibilities to manage, much of the rail industry is making moves to digitalise its buildings and infrastructure. CODA’s cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can offer a solution to these issues through in-depth insights and control measures that can transform the industry’s day-to-day operations.

Improving Energy Efficiency

With energy prices rising quickly and the climate crisis requiring immediate action, energy efficiency is crucial to the rail industry from both a financial and an environmental perspective. Energy costs represent one of the most significant expenses for many businesses however CODA, our unique combination of monitoring control and data analytics, offers a way to manage these bills.

CODA’s advanced sub-metering provides facilities managers with granular energy consumption data that shows usage patterns and pinpoints high energy consuming assets within sites and buildings. With these detailed insights, it’s possible to identify areas that may be improved and make changes to the existing strategies to lower the energy costs by up to 30% and improve the environmental impact of running the site and assets.

COVID-19 Management

The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the importance of maintaining healthy internal air quality (IAQ) in workplaces and crowded spaces. The CODA system offers a digital solution that tackles this issue in several ways. IoT enabled sensors can be used to continually monitor the humidity levels, temperature and CO2 within offices, stations, and site buildings to ensure the internal air quality remains at its optimum for limiting the spread of Coronavirus. If the IAQ levels become unsafe, facilities managers will be immediately alerted to take swift action to improve the ventilation and create a healthier environment.

In addition, the system can help to reduce overcrowding by measuring the building occupancy levels. If platforms, waiting rooms or staff areas become too busy, crowd thinning measures can be deployed to enable social distancing and lower the risk of transmission.

Health and Safety Support

CODA can also support the rail industry’s standard health and safety protocols. Using our cutting-edge IoT sensors, it is possible to ensure that lighting remains at a safe level in public areas. The system can even prevent access to areas if lighting fails and the site is considered unsafe. The sensors can also detect issues and faults in assets such as lifts and ventilation systems and pass these insights directly to the relevant teams.

CODA can go even further than reporting existing issues and predict potential operational problems based on fluctuations in an asset’s energy usage. By highlighting that an asset is performing in an unexpected manner, facilities managers can conduct proactive maintenance, preventing downtime and prolonging the overall lifespan of the asset.

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