Ideagen CCO, Ben Dorks: "It is a truly excellent project and a well-deserved winner of our sponsored category."
SmartWater Technology has seen its efforts in improving safety and security on Britain’s railways rewarded at a respected annual awards ceremony for the rail industry.
The company, an international crime fighting and prevention organisation, was named winner of the Ideagen-sponsored Safety & Security Excellence category at the 19th Rail Business Awards held in London.
Judges praised SmartWater’s ability to target the ‘right people in the right place at the right time’ as part of its ‘Tackling Trespass Hotspots’ project.
The project saw the company work closely with Network Rail and the British Transport Police to detect crime and vandalism, with its second phase involving an education project to share best practice and information with communities located around trespass hotspots.
The 19th Rail Business Awards, which attracted more than 600 senior executives and industry experts from the UK rail sector, marked the third successive year that Ideagen sponsored the Safety & Security Excellence category.
Ben Dorks, Ideagen’s Chief Customer Officer, said: “As leaders in providing safety and security software solutions for the rail industry we are delighted that such an outstanding project has been rewarded with the Ideagen-sponsored Safety & Security Excellence award.
“SmartWater Technology’s ‘Tackling Trespass Hotspots’ project has not only helped detect and reduce crime and vandalism in key areas but has educated local communities on the potential dangers faced when trespassing.
“It is a truly excellent project and a well-deserved winner of our sponsored category.”
The Safety & Security Excellence category commends organisations who have introduced any safety or security development, product or service into the UK rail industry.
As well as naming the winner, judges highly commended Hull Trains for its ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ project.
In the UK, Ideagen’s safety and security expertise and software products help the likes of RSSB, Virgin Trains, Southeastern, Southern and GB Railfreight manage processes around safety security and compliance.
Picture Caption: Ideagen’s Head of Rail, Rob Clinton (left), is pictured presenting the award to SmartWater Technology’s Neil Carter (centre, left) and Stephen Mills, Rail and Infrastructure Project Manager (centre, right). Also pictured is Michael Portillo, former Transport Minister turned railway broadcaster (right).