Substantial progress is being made in work to develop the new IT platform and software for the rail industry to report and track safety incidents and intelligence.
RSSB is currently modernising safety reporting services across the rail industry in a programme is called SMIS+. This aims to create a new on-line system exploiting commercial off-the-shelf, state of the art, safety management software.
The first main release of the new system is scheduled for 30 November 2016, and already, the developers are a quarter of the way through the high level design, and a third of the way through designing the structure for the data in the new system.
The system is being built using an 'agile' approach, which means that different parts can be developed and tested continuously throughout the process, instead of leaving all testing to be done at the end. 22 companies are already taking part in testing.
When live, the new system will replace the existing 'SMIS' and 'Close Call' system, where the technology used has become out-of-date and expensive to maintain.