Signal was adopted by Network Rail as their primary supply chain rostering solution for track staff and machine operators.

Network Rail required software that could manage extremely complicated shift patterns and multi location shifts whilst tracking travel time and fatigue instantly. Using Signal as their machine operator competency management system, Network Rail schedule staff with track machines, competencies and attachments swiftly and easily, with all exceedances and fatigue calculated automatically on planned and actual hours.

The Challenge

The Network Rail brief required rostering software specifically for Rail to achieve the following key directives...

  • Flexible employee contracts
  • 140 hours over a 4 week period
  • 455 hours over a 13 week period
  • All above rostered hours ability to roster an average of a 40 hr week
  • Ability to roster up to an hours travel at the start & end of shift which isn’t paid but needs to be factored in for fatigue
  • Ability to plan travel shifts
  • Base roster requirements to be uploaded with details to be added later of the working details in line with the contracts
  • Fatigue Monitoring
  • Ability to import shifts from internal systems

Key Solution Features

Travel Time & Working Time

Signal© calculates door to door time from the workers home location to trackside and can adapt to other accommodation addresses and hotels. Stabling points can also be used to cater for track machine operators and drivers.

Intelligent Shift Import

Signal© learns from previous import files allowing the creation of huge lists of shifts in seconds. Import shifts from tables in emails or from existing systems.

Compliance Notifications

Reduce compliance risks and meet industry requirements instantly.

Real-Time Fatigue

Signal© automatically calculates fatigue in real-time for planned and actual hours, alerting management and workers in an instant.

Actual Start & Finish Times

Capture actual finish times from workers via mobile, GPS or manual entry. Automatically Export actual data from timesheets straight to payroll.

Dashboard & Statistics

Measure all aspects of your worker activity including working time exceedances, hours worked by duty type, fatigue and risk, unfilled shifts and door to door time. Run reports on demand within a given date range or auto schedule to people in the business.

The Result

Automatic Roster Generation / Saving 200 Hours Per Week

  • Easily maintain worker contracts and pay rates
  • Manage a fleet of machines for scheduling purposes
  • Automatically track travel time and fatigue
  • Auto import shift requests from site and existing systems
  • Share shifts and collaborate with colleagues
  • Automate and digitise the timesheet process
  • Automatically display shifts on the workers mobile
  • Handle flexible and last minute Hotel Bookings
  • Display and capture actual hours against travel shifts
  • Plan a base roster 13 weeks in advance
  • Automatically group workers into work groups
  • Automatically add excessive travel time predictions
  • Provide flexible reporting

Signal was integrated with Network Rail's existing shift requisition software so that blank shifts are automatically created in Signal.

A new competency group was created in Signal to handle all the custom machine operator competencies that didn't appear on Sentinel. Complex pay rates according to competency, employee and contract were added to allow for automatic cost calculations when scheduling.

Signal's custom shift pattern creator was used to allow for book on time, stabling point, shift start, shift end, stabling point and book off shift patterns.