We are developing a new 'app', enabling rail staff to easily access the Rule Book via smartphones or tablets.
South West Trains trial on iOS
Guards at South West Trains (SWT) have been trying out the app on iOS (Apple) devices. Feedback has been very positive and informed further refinement to the app.
Following the trial, a live version of the app is due to be released to SWT very soon.
Further development in 2017
Further trials will shortly be underway, to inform development of the app on Windows and Android devices.
If you are interested in your company trying out the app, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An app for everyone
The end goal is to release the app industry-wide across iOS, Windows and Android during the financial year 2017-8. We will be providing regular updates about how development is going and what to do to get the app.
The app will be available to members and non-members for a fee, which will pay for the maintenance of the product to ensure onward compatibility and evaluation of the product over the coming years. We will announce provisional dates for going live with the app in due course.
Once formally released the apps will be downloadable from the usual on-line stores (Google Play, iTunes App Store and Windows App). However, before a user can access the content of the app they will need to register, which will be associated with an annual subscription fee. It is envisaged that in the majority of cases subscription fees will have been pre-paid by employers, but provision has been made for individual users to subscribe.
Printed copies of the Rule Book will still be available to buy once the app goes live, although we will be monitoring demand for hard copies to check they are still something industry wants to use long term.