High Integrity Systems Group

    The purpose of the High-Integrity Systems Group (HISG) is to establish and share best practice in the area of software in high integrity railway applications. (This includes firmware, operating systems, applications, and application data.

    Scope

    The scope of the group’s considerations is software that is used to operate the railway where safety and/or reliability are important. It excludes systems that are used primarily for commercial purposes. Signalling systems, brake and traction control systems, route setting systems, and train crew and passenger information systems are within scope, but ticketing systems and off-line performance monitoring systems are not.

    The group reports to the Data and Risk Strategy Group.

    The rationale for the establishment of the group arose from discussion at an RSSB Board meeting in May 2011, in the context of a wrong side signalling failure at Milton Keynes on 29 December 2008. It was subsequently agreed that the Railway Industry Association (RIA) would host a cross-industry workshop to enable a focused discussion to take place regarding high integrity software in the GB rail sector. The outcomes from this workshop led to RSSB establishing this group.

    Message from the chair

    The High Integrity Systems Group has the purpose of establishing and sharing best practice in high integrity railway applications. To meet this end my aims and vision for this group is to be more action focussed in this space. In the short to create a set of FAQs for industry to improve capability across the lifecycle of high integrity applications and in the longer term to produce an over-arching Rail Industry Standard. This will be supported by measuring high integrity system incidents via SMIS and feeding this information into the RSSB’s Strategic Risk Model (SRM) and Precursor Indicator Model (PIM), providing insight and management of emergent risks as the rail industry moves more deeply into high integrity applications for its operations.

      Membership

      The group’s membership is made up of the following industry categories:

      • passenger train operators
      • rolling stock owners and leasing companies
      • infrastructure managers and owners
      • suppliers and rolling stock manufacturers
      • RSSB
      • Office of Rail and Road (observer).
      Chair of committee: Scott Meadows
      RSSB main representative: David Griffin
      Other Members
      Company
      Representing
      Other members
      Scott Meadows
      Supplier
      Stephanie Lavy
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Neil Barnatt
      Rail Systems Safety and Project Consultancy Ltd
      Infrastructure Manager
      David Knights
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Andy Wren
      Angel Trains Ltd
      Rolling Stock Owner
      Andrew Pankhurst
      Alstom Transport UK Ltd
      Supplier
      Curran Dhaliwal
      Supplier
      Nick Hortin
      First Group PLC
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Ben Carrington
      Altran UK Limited
      Supplier
      David Clarke
      Railway Industry Association (RIA)
      Supplier
      David Griffin
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Michael Jacks
      First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Reuben Mcdonald
      High Speed Two (HS2) Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Andrew Hawthorn
      Altran UK Limited
      Supplier
      Richard Jones
      Railway Industry Association (RIA)
      Supplier
      Mike Ainsworth
      Ricardo Rail Ltd
      Supplier
      Paul Frary
      Office of Rail and Road
      Observer
      Peter Gibbons
      Network Rail Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Aiden Barr
      Abellio Transport Group Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Emma Taylor
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Alzbeta Helienek
      Supplier
      Simon Tonks
      Alstom Transport UK Ltd
      Supplier
      Dermot Carroll
      Department For Transport
      DfT
      Robert Stroud
      Adelard LLP
      Supplier
      Do you need to get in touch with this group?
      Contact our Industry Groups Manager for questions about the next meeting or about vacancies within this group.
      Stephanie Lavy
      Tel: 020 3142 5469
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