Network Rail (NR) has selected Informatica Platform as one of the solutions for its offering rail better information services (ORBIS) programme to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
Asset Information, which is NR's infrastructure information services business unit, gathers, evaluates, collates, analyses and communicates information.
This information gathered by Asset Information will allow exact decisions to be made to balance cost, risk and performance, supporting operational effectiveness and efficiency.
Under the deal, NR's ORBIS master data management project will use the Informatica Platform to create a consolidated, accurate picture of every track asset, including switches and crossings.
Network Rail Asset Information services business director Patrick Bossert said that the Informatica solution, associated processes and quality metrics would help the company to embed Asset Information data management efficiently and effectively within Network Rail.
"This will help us improve the information we manage about our assets and their condition," Bossert said.
"Having more accurate and reliable information will enable Asset Information's customers to make better informed business decisions, enabling controlled innovation in our asset management policy, planning and execution, and better rail-system-wide investment decisions that benefit the rail industry as a whole."
In the UK, NR develops, maintains and runs 22,000 miles of rail network, more than 6,500 level crossings, signalling infrastructure, some 43,000 bridges, viaducts, tunnels and 17 key stations.
In order to increase the value of data by delivering consistent, accurate and timely data across NR's systems, Asset Information will use the Informatica Platform, which includes master data management (MDM), powercenter and data quality.
According to NR, ensuring authoritative data for these assets will help the company be more effective and efficient in maintaining and operating its assets.
Network Rail will partner with Capgemini to implement the ORBIS Master Data Management Project, which is a major 'Asset Information' enhancement initiative of the company.