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Image recognition solution for the railway industry.

Country of Origin: Spain
Reference Number: TOES20190225001
Publication Date: 25 February 2019

Summary

A Spanish ICT company has developed an image recognition solution for the railway industry. It is a fully integrated tool for railway signalling, maintenance and surveillance that increases safety and reduces costs. The company is looking for license agreements.

Description

Railway signalling in Europe is defined by the ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) standard. In order to meet the standard, signalling needs to be able to accurately locate specific assets along the line and measure distances between them, enabling trackside infrastructure to send vital information to trains, such as the maximum distance they can run safely and points on the track they cannot cross. Nevertheless, administrations or engineering companies are often unable to provide information with enough accuracy for ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) suppliers. 

Thus, signalling companies are generally required to carry out their own surveys using wheel measuring and GPS technology. This entails sending workers out during constrained maintenance time slots at night, a procedure that is not only hazardous but also increases the potential for human error.

In this context, a Spanish ICT company, specialized in the railway sector, has developed an image recognition software solution for railway signalling, maintenance and surveillance that increases safety and reduces costs.

It allows the integration and management of different cutting edge data collection tools:

-Machine learning: The tool automatically process survey’s data to produce user-friendly reports.

-3D point clouds: It produces 3d models to monitor the actual status of existing infrastructures in order to improve the decision-making process.

-GIS (Geographic Information System) : The tool relies on geographical info systems for data management.

-Drones: It manages the thousands of geo-localised images taken by drones. The images are post-processed with dedicated software, which matches the common points on each picture and pairs them with a selection of ground control points alongside the track.

The Spanish company is looking for international partners in the field of railway data collection in order to reach license agreements.

Advantages and Innovations

-Traditional solutions used in the market required more workers to perform visual inspection. On the other hand, thanks to the drone processing imaging this solution saves time and reduces risks.

-The algorithm developed for image processing has a reliability range of between 96% and 98%.

-The platform allows organisations to maintain a complete and detailed record of the rail corridor activities such as construction progress and status, resources management or installation.

-Data collection customization: When it comes to surveying, there is no all-in-one solution for all situations so the solution can be customized according to each project needs.

Stage Of Development

Already on the market

Requested partner

The Spanish company is looking for international partners specialized in railway data collection willing to integrate this image with its data collection assets in order to improve the service provided to their clients. The company is looking for license agreements.

Cooperation offer ist closed for requests