Network Rail

Sentinel System
Network Rail is the owner and operator of the UK’s railway network. Sentinel covers contractors and employees using smartcard technology.

The Requirement

To replace its legacy Sentinel scheme with the best possible technology solution to further improve safety on site, provide a scalable solution for new safety and HR initiatives, and cut costs.

The Solution

The new Sentinel system has replaced the old style approach by using a single long-life smartcard that can be checked on site electronically, in a variety of ways, including dedicated mobile apps, basic QR code checks, and PC based validation.

By using a single smartcard, many item costs have been cut and value added by providing many new features to sponsors and contractors that were previously unavailable.

Using the latest technology means that information checked on site is always up-to-date, providing additional confidence to supervisors and workforce alike.

Simultaneous checks are made on drug and alcohol test validity to ensure that the workforce have all the credentials required to work on the Network Rail estate.

The Outcome

The new real-time service provides:

  • Reduced site registration times due to smart technology
  • A single, long life (up to 5 years) smartcard
  • 100% authentication of ID and skills
  • Improved protection for lone workers
  • A live register of people and skills on site
  • Opportunities to improve and streamline frontline processes

Further phases of functionality are now in development which will provide a range of new facilities and extend the system’s application beyond Network Rail.

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