Remote monitoring and advisory system

The idea of intelligent infrastructure on the railway has been around for many years in various forms. Early ventures into real-time monitoring of rail infrastructure in Australia and many other countries around the globe have seen the extensive use of control systems, fault detection equipment such as Level Crossing Monitors, Track Inspection Vehicles, Wheel Acoustic Monitors (WAMS), Dragging Equipment Detectors (DEDs) and Stream Flow Detectors (SFDs). All of these types of monitoring solutions aim to identify faults and raise an alarm before they create costly incidents such as a derailment, but only ever provide an alarm after the event has occurred. What largely sets the newer concept of intelligent infrastructure apart is the advancement in data processing and prediction algorithms, sensors, systems and networks that enable us to go beyond simply monitoring. Instead of the more passive alarms when inputs exceed accepted norms, intelligent infrastructure is a more holistic approach that aims to move from a ‘Find and Fix’ mode of operation to one of “Predict and Prevent”. The introduction of these concepts into the railway environment would bring about a significant change in the culture for management and maintenance of rail assets. System availability and useful life will be extended by carrying out the required maintenance before the fault event occurs.

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  • Pagination: 6p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Maintaining the momentum: CORE 2016: conference on railway excellence, 16-18 May 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01636827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: May 30 2017 3:27PM