Sentinel QR

Sentinel QR


(4 stars)


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5,000 - 10,000 downloads

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This app is designed specifically to read new Sentinel smartcards for Network Rail’s new Sentinel system.

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Please note: ONLY new Sentinel smartcards can be read in this way – not NCCA-Sentinel cards.

The new Sentinel app allows anyone to check their own smartcard and also allows authorised card checkers to authenticate their team as well as undertake spot checks and check TVPs (Track Visitor Permits).

This app can be used with any Android smartphone or tablet (Android 4 and above) with a rear-facing autofocus camera. Smartcards can be checked by scanning the QR code on the front of the card or TVP.
This app works online, accessing the most up to date information for each cardholder by scanning the card’s QR code and validating this in real-time with the new Sentinel database. It can also work offline by accessing a cache of any cards checked whilst online. So without internet connectivity, cached information can still be accessed.

All card checking activities are uploaded to the database when an internet connection is present or can be uploaded later when connectivity is restored by re-launching the app.

It is easy to use:

1. Open app.
2. Click the QR code button and focus the camera on the card’s QR code.
3. Confirm the sponsor for today.
4. Depending on the card presented, either the card itself will be shown or a menu of options will be displayed for authorised card checkers.
5. Follow the on screen options.

Note: If you have a smartphone with NFC capability, you can make full use of the smartcard synchronisation features by downloading the NFC enabled version of this app at

Tags: qr reader for network rail/sentinel, sentinel 2 network rail.

Comments and ratings for Sentinel QR
  • (61 stars)

    by Nathan Samuels on 10/06/2014

    Not reliable at all, crashes almost every time upon use.

  • (61 stars)

    by clive porter on 06/05/2014

    Fine although it doesn't appear to do anything more than a qr reader unless I'm missing something.

  • (61 stars)

    by Nick Wenham on 29/04/2014

    My new works phone is a nokia lumia 520. As provided by network rail. And the app isnt even compatible to that device. Looks like ill have to phone sentinel to sign everyone in again

  • (61 stars)

    by Daniel Hayes on 25/03/2014

    Doesn't work at all?

  • (61 stars)

    by Olaniyi Ogunbunmi on 14/03/2014

  • (61 stars)

    by james awdry on 12/02/2014

    Not reliable. Upon first start up every day this app crashes every time. It also has problems talking to servers even in good signal areas. It is mandatory to use this app now and we get audited on daily usage. Reliability needs to be improved. Samsung GT-S7710

  • (61 stars)

    by John Woodcock on 03/02/2014

    Great app quick info grab but could really do with being able to use the flash to illuminate the cards in poor light. 5 stars if this is added.