Sentinel QR

Sentinel QR


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

Comments and ratings for Sentinel QR
  • (61 stars)

    by steve bates on 18/10/2013

    Although this worked in the office with a strong wifi signal I can only imagine the problems it will cause in the middle of nowhere, on a saturday night shift, with no network coverage. If cards cannot be checked the shift should be cancelled.

  • (61 stars)

    by Alan Waterman on 01/10/2013

    I have 2 android phones, different types both htc. Neither reads the cards