Nomad Digital has won a tender to provide a Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM) proof-of-concept for Metro Trains Melbourne.

The initial trial will be carried out on 4 Alstom X’trapolis train units, with scope to implement the RCM technology fleet-wide on a total of more than 400 units, following a successful proof-of-concept.

Nomad’s proposal was supported by its inclusive understanding of Metro Trains Melbourne’s objectives in further improving its operational maintenance regimes, as well as cost savings through the utilisation of detailed operational data - which will enable the operator to pursue more preventative and intelligence-driven maintenance initiatives and practices.

Nomad Digital offered an RCM solution, combined with an innovative and universally adaptable communications platform, which means applications such as live CCTV, passenger information, and passenger entertainment can be enabled in the future.

The proof-of-concept will be designed and deployed by Nomad, and supported by Nomad Tech, a joint-venture between Nomad and EMEF, which brings a combination of established rail engineering and rail maintenance expertise, coupled with leading on-board and on-shore connectivity and remote condition monitoring solutions.

The Nomad team will work closely with Metro Trains Melbourne to implement a RCM methodology that achieves the operator’s long-term operational goals, providing valuable data and analysis tools designed to improve the management, availability and reliability of its fleet, as well as its equipment and on-board train components.

In 2015, the connected remote condition monitoring and unified data management market is valued at £869m, and is expected to grow to £1.1bn by the year 2018.

The value of RCM methodology and solutions for Train Operators was highlighted in a Nomad Digital survey last year, which revealed that 70% of Train Operating Companies claim that running operational costs are one of the biggest challenges facing their organisation presently. Completed by over 60 Train Operator employees, covering Engineering, Operational, Planning and Performance departments, 50% claimed to be planning the introduction of some form of RCM technology implementation by 2019, highlighting a growing emphasis on addressing maintenance costs for operators across the globe.

Nomad’s General Manager for APAC, Moin Majid, said, “Nomad’s real rail engineering knowledge, combined with its global-leading on-board connectivity solution, enables the provision of a complete end to end solution for RCM requirments.

Nomad is supported by its extensive experience in delivering successful projects globally, which gives us the utmost confidence in implementing a successful proof of concept, and taking this deployment further to offer significant operational benefits for Metro Trains Melbourne.”

Intelligent Fleet Management is delivered by Nomad Tech.  Nomad Tech was created as a joint venture with EMEF, the Portuguese Railways company for rolling stock maintenance. For more information please visit Nomad Tech.