We are really chuffed to report that a strong team from The Carto Group, working with Clicks & Links and UCL, have been selected as one of the six finalists in the 2-day HS2 Hackathon.
The Carto team, led by our marketing director, Jim Wiggin, came up with an idea around using augmented reality (AR) to provide on-site engineers and a central control centre with critical maintenance record information, asset history and detailed guidance to reduce the cost and time needed for routine maintenance. Very importantly the system will be instrumental in reducing the number of engineers on site in hazardous trackside locations and thus provide vital improvements to health and safety at work on HS2.
The “Dragon’s Den” style panel of judges at the event reviewed 17 ideas from all the team present and selected our idea as one of the six to be taken forward for further development prior to a final round in February 2018. Of the event and result, Jim said:
“HS2 put on a fantastic event to enable a variety of high tech SME businesses to show them what we can do to help make HS2 a success. It is great to see that they are making real efforts to engage with smaller businesses to develop and utilise their cutting edge ideas and technology. It also provided the opportunity for participants to team up with other organisations to come up with better and more comprehensive solutions. Hopefully, this is just the start of a collaboration between The Carto Group, Clicks & Links and UCL that will lead to a significant and valuable involvement in HS2 development and ongoing operation for all of us.
I feel very privileged to be part of the team. I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I was by the technical skills of the other team members and in truth, there was little for me to do while they got on with the task of building our demo solution in a very efficient and expert way. I very much look forward to working with them moving forward.”
The Carto Group’s CEO, Tim Hughes, added:
“This was our first hackathon, and what a result! We are keen to be involved with Britain’s largest infrastructure project for decades and use our innovative technology to provide efficiencies and improve health and safety for the expert engineers working on site constructing and maintaining the assets.”
For a full report on the event, please view this article from Transport Systems Catapult. If you’d like to talk to us about our idea, or you have an AR solution you’re looking to make real, please contact us, or communicate with us on our Twitter or Facebook accounts.