White Papers

At Zonegreen we have developed a range of innovative, ground-breaking safety and efficiency solutions for rail depots.  We invest considerably in Research & Development both to create new products and enhance our existing range.  These white papers provide the background to some of our technologies:

Driverless Train Safety – SMART DPPS™ in use on the Dubai Metro

Driverless train systems are constantly growing in popularity and are bringing about huge changes in urban mass transportation. While there has been some degree of automation on rail networks for decades, the current trend towards fully automated and driverless networks shows no signs of hitting the buffers.

The world’s longest driverless train network has turned to Zonegreen’s SMART DPPS™ to ensure the safety of depot staff.

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Things are steaming rapidly ahead… are all railway depots keeping up?

Some rail maintenance depots seem to look, and operate, as if they are still in the steam age. All very quaint, but how efficient are they, and even more important, how safe for depot staff?

Over the past two decades, depot infrastructure has undergone changes which have clearly made a positive impact on safety. Better lighting arrangements, communication systems, access points, switches/crossings, signal sighting, fouling points and SPAD traps all contribute to increased safety.

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Railway Maintenance: Are we ready to move to the cloud?

Railway networks are getting busier. This is reflected in increasing activity levels within depots, in turn placing increasing burdens on depot staff and existing infraestructure. Improving productivity and efficiency are obviously therefore key to reducing these pressures and to the continued successful operation of rail depots across the country.

Good planning, organisation and communication are essential factor in the effectiveness of almost any team-based work. Are we ready to move to the cloud?

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Shunter Safety “The industry’s hidden concern”

According to a recent study carried out by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) shunter safety still remains a serious concern across the board in the UK rail industry.

Occupational health risks that such a job entails are great. Operating heavy manual points, sometimes when standing on an uneven surface or working in poor conditions, could lead to lasting damage to the back, neck or shoulders, which not only causes the employee suffering and lost working days, but could also lead to a more serious accident.

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