Vidiwave Awarded Track Inspection CCTV Contract by Colas Rail

MILTON KEYNES, England--()--Vidiwave, the leading manufacturer of mobile CCTV equipment, announced today that it has been awarded the contract to supply specialised CCTV systems for all of Colas Rail UK’s track maintenance rolling stock.

Vidiwave has been working in partnership with Colas Rail since 2011 to develop a CCTV based track inspection solution for tamping machines. Vidiwave recently completed an initial nine-month development program followed by a further 12-months of rigorous field trials with Colas Rail in the UK.

The solution brief was to provide Colas Rail with a robust and reliable video audit trial relating to track realignment programs when using tamping machines and stoneblowers during routine track maintenance.

Vidiwave’s solution is used by Colas Rail to inspect the track condition before and after the maintenance has been completed; as well as providing a video record of the actual repair processes whilst the track is being lifted and realigned. These then form part of Colas Rail's post-maintenance audit trail to prove that the track has been re-laid and realigned to the correct industry tolerances.

Part of Colas Rail's selection criteria was Vidiwave’s proven reliability and track record in UK rail for building high quality, mobile CCTV for extreme vibration environments. This was a mission critical aspect of the whole selection process, as the equipment had to withstand the extreme vibration of Colas Rail’s tamping machines and stoneblowers.

Vidiwave’s equipment has been independently certified by Thales Germany to meet these requirement as detailed by EN61373 (Class A and Class B).

David Grattan, CEO of Vidiwave stated, "We are delighted that Colas Rail decided to extend the initial pilot scheme to a full fleet fit-out programme. Rail inspection CCTV is one of the harshest mobile CCTV environments in the world. These long term tests have proven beyond any doubt the build quality, robustness and reliability of Vidiwave's equipment - this is something which all operators actively seek as part of long-term ROI strategies."

About Colas Rail

Colas Rail is a part of the Colas Group, a global leader in infrastructure construction and maintenance, which in turn is part of the French multi-national Bouygues. Colas Rail is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services.


David Grattan, CEO
Tel: +44 (0)1908 690090