Launch of the integrated database for the rail industry
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A new integrated database, named R2, has launched replacing the Rolling Stock Library and Rail Vehicle Records System.

Funded jointly by RSSB and ATOS, the web based database includes new functionality to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of recording information for rolling stock maintenance and planning, component tracking and defect recording. 

The application can significantly reduce operating costs with a predicted reduction in subscription charges paid by current users of the system from £1.8m to £1.1m per year. 

The Rolling Stock Library and Rail Vehicle Records System had become expensive to maintain and run and organisations were migrating away from them.  Following a consultation with the industry RSSB and ATOS agreed to jointly fund the major upgrade. 

R2 will avoid the need for companies to purchase or develop their own systems and will enable the easy exchange of data between existing company databases and the new one.  The new database will help to simplify future support cost arrangements. 

To find out more, contact Craig Nevins, R2 Business Manager, RSSB, at craig.Nevins@rssb.co.uk

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