Signal was adopted by Network Rail as their primary 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.

The Challenge

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

  • 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

The Solution

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.

Make decisions faster

Real time forecasting & exact performance indicators provide management information for key decision makers.

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.

Save time on compliance

Automatically alert workers when documents are due to expire and see a complete priority based colour coded view of all compliance tasks.

Provide worker satisfaction

Auto shift notifications to workers through your own branded app with directions to their shift and fast timesheet sign off process. Capture and report on expenses and mileage.

The Result

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.