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Welcome to the ePilot

ePilot is a collaboration platform that enables innovations for the rail ecosystem
within eMaintenance and Industrial AI.

ePilot is an initiative from Luleå University of Technology, Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration) and a large number of other stakeholders in railway. The intention of the initiative has been to create a platform for industry collaboration in order to rationalise operation and maintenance for the entire railway system. This platform has been based on a con­cept for information logistics and data analysis for diagnostics and prognostics related to the operation and mainte­nance process. The concept is called eMaintenance and has been developed by the Luleå Railway Research Center (JVTC) at Luleå University of Technology.

Our mission is to provide a collaborative innovation platform enabling operational excellence for the railway eco­system through eMaintenance and Industrial AI.

Our vision is to enable a robust, resilient, reliable, and digitalised railway system in Sweden that is attractive, safe and efficient.

Our goal is to incorporate relevant research and development findings into the railway system, thereby contribut­ing to greater reliability, punctuality, and sustainability in railway, and also greater cost-efficiency in operation and maintenance.

Within the ePilot’s framework, 38 sub projects have been conducted: Read about the results from the various sub-projects in the sub-project page.

Further, ePilot has helped develop the following two new concepts:

  • Railway 4.0 – an overarching framework designed to facilitate the choice of concept, approach, technologies and methodologies aimed at the develop­ment of the railway system, nationally and internationally.
  • Testbed Railway – a platform for implementing thorough, transparent and replicable testing of scientific theories, calculation tools (e.g. Big Data Analytics) and new technology.

Achieved impacts

  • ePilot has contributed to greater collaboration where 51 stakeholders have actively participated
  • ePilot has established a national platform for the retrieval, storage, integration and analysis of condi­tion and operational data
  • ePilot has created a neutral innovation platform
  • ePilot has established a process-oriented, cross-sectoral working method between organisations
  • ePilot has created a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities that affect the imple­mentation of innovations
  • ePilot has increased the industry maturity regard­ing the opportunities inherent in eMaintenance
  • ePilot expect the upshifting of the invested funds to continuously increase
  • ePilot collaboration has generated 105 ideas result­ing in 38 conducted sub projects
  • ePilot won the Strukton Innovation Award 2017
  • ePilot has been selected to the The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) top hundred list 2020
  • ePilot contributes to the achievement of the following impacts by utilisation of digital technologies and Industrial AI in operation and maintenance:
    • Improved robustness and punctuality in the railway transport system.
    • Greater cost-efficiency of operation and maintenance.