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Network Rail’s Panorama based Traction Power Digital Transformation

13 October 2020

With a large experience on critical project, telent Technology was contracted to develop a single national SCADA network for Network Rail. This system, based on the Panorama SCADA platform, aims to consolidated 16 separate electrical control systems into a single one.

Started in 2013, Network Rail (NR), the UK’s largest single consumer of electricity, is modernising and consolidating its electric power control network. A network that covers the traction power, signalling and telecommunications of the UK’s Rail infrastructure.


With a large experience on critical project, telent Technology was contracted to develop a single national SCADA network for Network Rail. This system, based on the Panorama SCADA platform, aims to consolidated 16 separate electrical control systems into a single one. 13 electrical control rooms are being migrated into 8 of the 12 new Rail Operating Centres (ROCs), allowing the Electrical Control Operators (ECOs) to work alongside signallers and train controllers, thus providing a better overall operational performance.

The contract covered 20 SCADA server racks installed in the ROCs at Three Bridges and Manchester, to control the 750 V DC and 25 kV 50 Hz networks, together with workstations in the other ROCs, and connected with 500 substation communication devices via 700 km of optical fibre links. Around 750 remote terminal units (RTUs) are being transferred to the new network and 250 new RTUs installed, mainly in southeast England.

The fully-integrated SCADA system includes full voice and data communications that operate over Network Rail’s fixed transmission network. The installation provides enhanced monitoring of energy use and improves the response to operating incidents. Approximately 310 of NR’s staff are in the process of being trained to use the system, known as Traction Power Centralised Management System (TPCMS).

As a new user interface, the TPCMS system meets modern ergonomic principles. The user interface has been through extensive development and testing with the Network Rail user groups to meet their requirements as they bring multiple operational systems together. The Panorama technology and telent’s integration expertise provides Network Rail with an intelligent platform on which to bring into service innovative functionality, such as remote secure isolations, and particularly beneficial as they expand electrification across the UK, allowing additional areas of control to be seamlessly migrated onto the platform and hence into the Network Rail operational procedures and management reporting.

The first TPCMS installation went live on the AC network at the Romford Electrical Control Room (ECR) in February 2017, running the electrical supply for the Anglia Region. This was a major improvement from the previous systems, providing as it does the much needed security, resilience and business continuity capabilities that were required by Network Rail. There will also be greater levels of information available on the status of the electrified rail network through the new system, which will enable faster operational decision making.

This was followed by the first DC network installation at Sandhills ECR in Liverpool running the Merseyrail network. The rollout continues across the UK with installations in the Southern Region at Lewisham, Raynes Park, Canterbury, Selhurst and Eastleigh. The capabilities of the Panorama platform are making the systems integration of the overall TPCMS SCADA system more efficient and cost effective.

During this program of works, Codra continues to support both its partner telent and the Network Rail teams during their application development phases. Through its Expert Team, Codra further provides innovative designs that enable Network Rail to digitally transform their operations around and in line with the TPCMS rollout program.

Who is Codra?
Codra is a provider of high quality, robust SCADA/HMI software solutions proven in the nuclear industry but used across all industries. Our Panorama platform offers a scalable digital transformation tool with cybersecurity and safety capabilities. 

Codra has been awarded ANSSI Qualification for the SCADA part of its Panorama software platform. This recognition by the French government’s cybersecurity agency is a guarantee for the user that they are adopting a solution whose robustness has been tested and officially accredited by the French state, and which is used by government authorities, critical national infrastructure operators and companies committed to securing their business assets. It is a measure not only of the robustness of the product, but also of the competence and commitment of the manufacturer.

Qualification by the French cybersecurity agency gives you the assurance of choosing a SCADA solution with a level of security and trust that has been verified by an approved and independent assessment authority.

With 30+ years of experience under our belt, working with many of the major players in the industrial sector across the world. We are highly attuned to the industry's requirements and take pride in offering solutions that are robust, secure, sustainable and innovative.


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