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Vortex IoT set to launch innovative rail sensor system

Internet of Things (IoT) company is preparing to officially launch its state-of-the-art Rail Optical Detection of Intrusions and Obstructions (RODIO) solution, together with Network Rail and Tata Steel

Cameron Kent - 29 February 2020

Rail Demonstration Vortex Network Rail

On 9th and 10th September Vortex IOT, which specialises in creating innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to a wide range of problems faced by businesses, will launch RODIO (VTX Infra) in front of around fifty rail industry experts. The brand-new technology has been designed to automatically and remotely detect and categorise track obstructions and intrusions such as fallen trees, landslides, trespassers, vehicles and maintenance workers.

RODIO Demo Day in Tuxford with Network Rail

Funded by Innovate UK, the RODIO solution has taken 18 months to develop from concept to its imminent launch and has endured vigorous testing at the Network Rail RIDC Tuxford (Rail Innovation & Development Centre) facility in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire.

Founded by managing director Adrian Sutton (CEO), Behzad Heravi (CTO) and Nick Beckett (COO), Vortex IOT is made up of a highly-skilled team of engineers with expertise in emerging technologies, AI and machine learning.

Rail delays cost the industry millions of pounds every year. The ground-breaking, cost-effective RODIO device will allow the industry to detect any obstacles that may interfere with train journeys in real-time and therefore deal with them in a timely manner and reduce the overall delay. The system also includes an early alert system for theft, trespass and intrusions and guarantees high precision even in low-visibility and dark conditions.

Adrian Sutton CEO, Vortex

Network Rail welcomes technological advances in safety, and putting passengers and freights users first. RIDC Tuxford is facilitating the trial of this IOT based solution.

Gregan Quick Project Manager, Network Rail R&D

Tata Steel's Software Development Manager Process Control & Automation was bullish on the potential for RODIO.

"The RODIO product is an ideal fit for Tata Steel. As a heavy manufacturing organisation we are reliant on rail; it is both integrated into our production plants and – from a logistics perspective – we have one of the largest private rail networks in Europe all geared toward market and supply chain fulfilment. The opportunity to get involved as a partner in the RODIO project was a simple choice for Tata Steel and the work done by Vortex IoT has been exemplary. We look forward to working with the team and wish them well with the product launch.”

Alongside RODIO, Vortex has also developed IoT-based solutions including a secure, self-healing mesh network, an Air Quality Measurement (AQM) platform and integrated smart parking optimization. Its developments often provide a solution for harsh environments where conditions are hostile, power supply is limited, AI is needed, or data security is critical.

About Vortex IoT

Vortex is a young, dynamic and market-leading company at the forefront of smart city technologies. The company builds environmental sensors, networks and data solutions to support decarbonisation efforts globally. As experts in the latest IoT, AI, 5G and LiDAR technology, Vortex enables smart cities & smart infrastructures to become more efficient, safer and greener.

Monitor what matters; Act where it counts. Vortex's sensor technology aims to maximize visibility and delivers the actionable data that businesses need to start making smarter decisions. Air Quality Monitoring, Vehicle-2-Infrastructure Scanning, Remote Infrastructure Management and Smart Parking Systems are Vortex's tailored solutions for progressive smart city management. Powered by AI and enabled by a highly secure decentralised mesh network, all of Vortex’s products guarantee reliability, scalability and environmentally sustainable deployments.

Founded upon a bedrock of innovation, Vortex’s highly skilled team of engineers, technologists and leadership team are constantly developing the eco-smart products of tomorrow, for you today. For more information, please visit www.vortexiot.com.

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