Data, Systems and Telematics Standards Committee Strategy
Railway standards are agreed methods on what to do as a minimum requirement in all areas of the railway. Standards cover seven main areas, which are:
- Control, Command and Signalling
- Data, Systems and Telematics (DST)
- Rolling Stock
- Traffic Operation and Management.
Each standards area has its own committee, overseen by the Industry Standards Coordination Committee. Sometimes, one standards committee may need to collaborate with other standards committees to ensure that the standards are appropriate for all areas of the railway involved, and that there is good interoperability between different standards areas.
What does the Data, Systems and Telematics area cover?The DST area covers everything involved in the generation, transmission, or use of data for the safe and efficient operation of the railway. It includes telematics data as well as data needed by operational processes and systems.
Why is this area important?
The DST area is important because it includes systems, data, and telematics that support the planning of train services, activities during the running of train services, and activities after the day of operation. Planning and operational activities include but are not limited to:
- timetable, rolling stock, and train crew planning
- resource management
- train regulation and traffic management
- disruption and incident management
- customer and passenger information systems.
What does the new strategy address?The new DST SC Strategy addresses key areas that are particularly relevant for Control Period 6 (2019–2024). It ensures that the DST SC strategy is in alignment with other key industry strategies, including the Rail Technology Strategy, Transport Data Strategy, National Traffic Management Strategy, and Leading Health and Safety on Britain’s Railway.
The main areas the strategy will focus on are:
- gathering industry intelligence
- delivering standards
- supporting implementation
- robust governance
- developing competence.
The strategy also explains who will be involved in considering the standards, how it will be done, and other railway policies or frameworks that will be included.