Sensors for driverless cars’ navigation
Despite trains being one of the safest forms of transport, hundreds of railway deaths still occur each year due to suicides, trespassers and people ignoring safety procedures. As well as breaching security, trespassers and debris on tracks result in hours of delay, disruptions and cancellations, which are costly and time-consuming for all involved. It is essential to quickly detect any objects, debris or intruders on the track to prevent death or injury, and to promote smooth running of rail services. This includes threat detection and data analysis at train stations and level crossings.
Our sensors provide high-resolution imaging, which is used to categorise objects which should or shouldn't be present on the railway. Advanced detection allows for faster response times from operators, meaning incidents, delays and disruptions are kept to a minimum. Data is collected and stored which can be used to continuously improve safety.
- Fog, snow and rain
- Fire, smoke and hot gasses
- Extreme temperatures
- All level of light, from darkness to sun glare
- Impact resistant
- 360° scanning sensor
- High-resolution imaging
- Anti-collision sensing
- Configurable and scalable
How Does it Work?
Sensors can be placed onto existing infrastructure at train stations, level crossings or at the side of railways. The fast update rate allows for reliable detection even with fast moving trains. The sensors are unaffected by poor weather, lighting or environmental conditions.
The sensors will detect any potential threats on and around the tracks. This will allow operators, conductors and drivers plenty of time to react accordingly. Radar sensors will enhance rail automation and heighten safety.
Additionally, Navtech's sensors are available to purchase for testing and research on train automation.
Sensors can be installed at level crossings for pedestrian and vehicle safety. Cars or people crossing the track when a train is approaching will be detected immediately by the system. This data can be sent to train drivers and railway safety officers who can intervene accordingly.
Integration with Vector LX from Jenoptik
Navtech Radar sensors have been integrated with Vector LX, a powerful system for monitoring traffic at level crossings. The system combines radar sensors with high definition video and license plate recognition to enhance railway crossing safety.
- Analysis traffic movement data
- Identifies offenders who cross or trespass when crossing is prohibited
- License plate recognition so offenders can be issued with a fine, which will likely deter future offending.
- 360° scanning for full situational awareness of the entire crossing and approaching roads, in all weather and light conditions.
Why Choose Navtech Radar's Sensors for Railway Safety?
- Low false alarm rates
Sensors only raise alarms when a true threat is detected (e.g. an intruder on the tracks). This boosts operator confidence, therefore stimulating faster response times.
- All weather detection
Essential for situations where safety is everything. Also crucial for future automation applications.
- Compact rugged design
The compact design of the sensor allows for flexible installation and mounting options in complex places.
- Long range detection
Long range operation makes the sensor ideal for applications such as railways, where a substantial distance needs cover.
- Easily integrated
The sensors can be integrated with automated cameras, which can analyse data and monitor suspicious behaviour at stations and railway crossings.