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End-to-end solutions

We are on a mission to make things simpler and more intuitive for our customers. We are doing that by creating inspirational engineering solutions that work across our businesses.

Inform by L.B. Foster has been designed, developed and manufactured by L.B. Foster Control & Display Solutions as an answer to customers looking to put information front and centre, wherever and whenever it’s needed. So where does L.B. Foster Netpractise fit in? We develop the innovative software solutions that are used to deliver information via our new mobile totem. This includes software for:

  • Customer information
  • wayfinding
  • rainbow boards
  • advertising
  • information points
  • next train indicator.

The intelligent Content Management System (CMS) is another of our smart technology solutions, giving Inform by L.B. Foster that competitive edge over the competition. Display content can be updated on the go from a tablet or laptop. That means information is up-to-the-minute with updates made live in real time. Graham Kett heads up L.B. Foster Netpractise’s technical support team. He says: “By getting around the business we are able to share our expertise and deliver compelling solutions that combine engineering excellence with innovative applications of information technology. This is a great example of how we are developing new products and service solutions that are opening up new market opportunities across the group.

“Inform by L.B. Foster has so many potential uses - from helping people find their way around large cruise ships to providing information updates at festivals. But our initial focus is in the markets we already know and serve, namely rail disruption management. It has been very well received to date and we’re looking forward to seeing our totem being rolled out on platforms around the UK.”

Graham Kett, Technical Operations Manager, L.B. Foster Software Development

Market view

Throughout 2017 we have been busy developing our Fingerprint asset maintenance solution for new applications.

Fingerprint has been well received in the bus and coach market, with considerable media interest, which we have complemented with our own advertising campaign. Fingerprint Asset Maintenance is targeted at engineers and asset maintenance staff, putting them in charge of making the right decisions. We see this developing further, with new applications in a range of different markets.