What is SMIS

The Safety Management Intelligence System, also known to many as ‘SMIS’, is the rail industry’s on-line enterprise safety and business intelligence software, incorporating the national database for recording safety-related events that occur on the rail network in Britain.

The latest version of SMIS was launched in March 2017 as part of an industry programme to develop next generation safety reporting technology for rail, and replaced the old SMIS which had been in place since 1997.  

We manage SMIS on industry’s behalf, supporting the collection, analysis and sharing of information about a wide range of incidents, which are reported by our members, the individual rail companies. Organisations such as Network Rail, the train and freight operators enter about 75,000 events into SMIS each year.

Incidents reported include fatalities and injuries to people while they are on the rail network, whether they’re a passenger, a member of the public or part of the workforce, as well as events which pose a risk such as signals passed at danger and derailments.

Various legal drivers and industry standards exist to ensure data from SMIS is accessible to all rail companies managing infrastructure or operating trains and that they report data into the system.

SMIS exists as a separate web-based service for members.

Marshalling the data for the whole railway in one system means that data is consistent and can be shared. Our members can use the information in SMIS to analyse risk, predict trends and focus activities on major areas of safety concern.

SMIS is also a valuable data source for the rail industry as a whole and the cross-industry groups we manage, as the data can inform the development of shared solutions including standards, research, systems and schemes.

We produce regular safety performance reports summarising some of the key data and trends on a monthly, half-yearly and annual basis.

SMIS data also provides the foundation for resources like the Safety Risk Model and the Risk Profile Tool, which support risk-based decision making on the GB railway.

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Existing user?

If you’re a SMIS user and you have any questions about how to use the system please contact us via the Service Desk.

New to SMIS?

If your organisation doesn't use SMIS but you would like to find out more about it, please get in touch with us via our Customer Service Portal.

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