PolyU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with the MTR Corporation and MTR Academy (MTRA) on a three-year collaboration to establish a partnership to focus on exploring advanced and innovative railway technologies and facilitating smart railway asset and operations management, as well as intelligent maintenance.


Leveraging on the railway expertise of the MTR Corporation and MTRA, together with the research competence of smart railway technologies of PolyU, the MoU sets out a framework for the parties to explore innovative solutions and technology applications with the goal to further enhance the performance of railway operations and smart maintenance with smart sensing technology.


The collaboration areas include exploring smart solutions for monitoring and condition assessment on railway assets, exploring the establishment of a joint laboratory for rail-technology application, as well as research related to improving the operating environment, for example, passenger flow management in stations.


PolyU has been working with the MTR Corporation and MTRA in the field of railway technology and the development of railway engineering expertise, including a project for setting up optical fibre sensing on MTR track sections. The collaboration is just another example demonstrating that the University places great importance on scientific research in different fields and is devoted to translating research excellence into real-world applications to respond to societal needs.