Machine vision systems for North American railroads

Wayside machine vision inspection systems designed for Australian unit train operators need considerable modifications to account for the interchange system and the many different types of rolling stock that operate on North American railroads. These changes need to consider the large variety of equipment, the more demanding operating environment, and the extreme environmental conditions, all of which have a significant impact on installation and correct operation. This paper discusses the challenges of adapting technology developed for unit trains that operate in positive temperatures to a myriad of vehicle types that operate in both positive and negative temperatures and in various precipitation scenarios. Case studies of installations in Australia and North America are presented to show that technology intended for both markets needs to be flexible and adaptable. Preferably, adaptability should be built into the design of the technology in order to maximise the ability of wayside machine vision systems to operate in different operating and climatic environments.

Media Info

  • Pagination: pp. 441-446
  • Monograph Title: Rail achieving growth: CORE 2006: conference on railway engineering, 30 April-3 May 2006, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01517185
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:12PM