Research Focus

The SMRT-NTU Corporate Laboratory will pave the way towards developing next-generation urban rail technologies and nurturing professionals and will contribute to Singapore's smart mobility eco-system and network focus on two complementary research tracks in the development of innovative urban rail solutions:

Track One : Eliminating Problems Before They Occur


The first research track focuses on developing better detection methods and monitoring systems so that potential issues can be addressed quickly and accurately, even before they happen. With real-time data from sensors which monitor critical rail equipment, timely and accurate decisions can be made to address a fault before a potential service delay.

This research track also aims to allow components and parts to be repaired or replaced immediately so as to reduce the need to disrupt train services during operation hours and prevent technical issues from escalating into a problem.


Track Two : Enhancing Reliability of Existing Rail Assets



The second research track aims to enhance the reliability of exisiting rail assets by optimising maintenance and servicing processes. By using prediction methodologies and analytical tools to produce accurate data, the life span of train components and systems can be better assessed.

Track Two's research projects will help in refining maintenance schedules to reduce potential problems and ensure that train and track components are performing at their best.