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The ePilot project was awarded for punctual train traffic

Published: 13 October 2017

The ePilot project at Luleå University of Technology has been awarded the newly established Innovation Award Strukton Innovation Award. This for the work on the vision of a punctual rail traffic, with proper maintenance measures at the right time.

– It's honorable to get this award, it is a recognition from the industry for the effort we have made over the past four years. We have shown that cooperation is needed to succeed in the Swedish rail system. You can not see tracks, infrastructure or rolling vehicles and equipment as separate devices. You need to get a consensus and an understanding of each other's challenges - and this is what the project ePilot refers to. We see collaboration as a way to succeed in the rail system, says Ramin Karim, Professor of Operation and Maintenance at Luleå University of Technology.

The Strukton Innovation Award, awarded by Strukton Rail, has been added to stimulate innovative development in the rail industry and is being distributed for the first time this year. A common denominator for the finalists in the competition is that they focus on efficiency and accessibility on the railways.

The ePilot project is a collaboration project run by Luleå Technical University with the aim of improving punctuality and minimizing rail interference through decision support for maintenance operations.

– Within ePilot, we have been the engine in this, but the Swedish Transport Agency has been the fuel. The Swedish Transport Administration has believed in us and helped us throughout the project and was very important, says Ramin Karim.

The jury's motivation for the profit was as follows: With the vision of punctual rail traffic, with proper maintenance measures at the right time. JVTC at Luleå University of Technology runs ePilot, a development and implementation project that is perfectly well in the future. The society is moving fast and ePilot is the experimental box that can give the industry the right tools to keep up with. An idea catalyst for fast decision support that is both requested and that gives actual results.

Other finalists were Flexiwaggon, KAJT industry program and Torsten Nederman, Division Manager at SL, Traffic Administration in Stockholm.

For the first time, Strukton Rail released the Strukton Innovation Award Innovation Award to a Railway Industry Operator. The purpose of the prize is to stimulate the rail industry to innovative development that can contribute to safety, improved work environment, accessibility, capacity and / or function in rail or rail applications.

Included in the JVTC project group are, Ramin Karim, Responsible Information Logistics Ulla Juntti, Project Coordinator and Process Manager Cecilia Glover, Project Economist, Veronica Jägare, Project Manager LTU and Alexandra Lund Cipolla, Project Administrator.

Ramin Karim

Ramin Karim, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 492344
Organisation: Operation and Maintenance, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering