Porterbrook invests in the digital railway

Future Cities Forum has been speaking with Porterbrook, one of the UK's leading rolling stock leasing and maintenance companies, about the partnership it has entered into with Microsoft Data and Artifical Intellgence Partner Elastacloud.

This is part of Porterbrook's strategy to invest in the digital railway and is expected to achieve efficiency benefits for its' customers as well as rail users. Under the terms of the agreement Elastacloud will share its AI intellectual property with Porterbrook to deliver improvements across train performance and maintenance optimisation.

Elastacloud mines data in the aerospace, retail and energy sectors, and has teams of data scientists in England and in Spain.

Porterbrook CEO Mary Grant said: 'We are enormously excited to be working with Elastacloud. Our industry produces large volumes of data that we all too easily ignore. By intelligently analysing this data we can make real improvements to both customer fleets and passenger journeys.'</