On Our First Day at Hacktrain

Hacking the Rails from Beautiful New Digs

A few weeks ago, Sirenum was privileged to be selected by Hacktrain, a new accelerator project from Hack Partners designed to drivehacktrain white background innovation into the rail ecosystem. As you may know, Sirenum was originally built to manage a staffing agency serving the rail industry–we’ve been known to say that we were built from the tracks up–with a particular eye on the special health and safety concerns of working with trains. But selling into the rail industry is not a piece of cake. A key part of the Sirenum value proposition to train operating companies (TOCs) and others in the rail ecosystem is that we help remove silos that have been built up over decades and have increased costs and inefficiencies. But unfortunately, it’s precisely those silos that make it so hard to sell to these companies!

IMG_5539 (1)Luckily we weren’t the only industry vendors who saw this, and Hacktrain aims to help. Yesterday we kicked off a three-month residence at WeWork’s amazing new Old Street location in the heart of the Silicon Roundabout–London’s answer to the Bay Area’s Silicon Valley and New York’s Silicon Alley. As part of the accelerator, we will work closely with virtually all the key TOCs in Greater London, including two of our current customers, as well as a cohort of ten amazing companies looking to “hack the rails”. The energy yesterday was incredible and the synergies across the accelerator participants were immediately apparent. It’s just the beginning of our time in Hacktrain’s railtech accelerator, but we’re thrilled with the opportunity so far.

We’ve already built into the Sirenum platform a number of features aimed directly at rail industry challenges, including but not limited to:

  • Transec Compliance
  • Lone Worker Support
  • Patrol Management
  • Safety-Critical Worker Monitoring
  • Compliance Management
  • Risk and Fatigue Management
  • Hidden Compliance

But there’s so much more we can do, with the industry’s help, and we think Hacktrain’s innovative mentality is just the ticket to get the industry where it should be going.

To learn more about Sirenum solutions for the rail, please visit our solutions page or contact us at rail@sirenum.com.

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