Rail Control Systems Australia was founded in 2007 by a pair of Signalling Engineers who identified a clear niche in the market. Today it has grown to work on projects as large as Brisbane’s Cross River Rail. Rail Express speaks with Paul Hann and Richard Ogilvie about their business.
COTS is now fully established in the rail safety market. Richard Ogilvie, Director of Rail Control Systems (RCS) Australia, recalls that things were very different just a few years ago. Today, his company can be seen as a pioneer in terms of COTS safety solutions, dispelling many misconceptions.
For decades, rail engineers all over the world had to decide whether to work with inflexible, proprietary controllers a use outdated relay technology. The expertise of engineers and consultants could never be used to its full potential with rigid systems. Today, there is a strong will to rethink and improve established models for rail safety, and this was evident at the first HIMA Smart Rail Summit in Mannheim. The participants came from 20 different countries, and they all explained which central challenge they shared: the perception of COTS technology on the market.