This article first appeared in the Railway-News magazine, Issue 1 2023.
Israel Railways has ordered 10 Main Line Systems – and related services – from Israeli-based tech company Rail Vision.
The contract, valued at 1.4 million USD (1.3M EUR), is Rail Vision’s largest to date and heralds the first major commercial deployment of AI-based vision technology for main line rail industry operations.
Rail Vision’s Main Line System is a cutting-edge 28 solution that detects and identifies objects and obstacles near, between or on the railway.
This can help reduce downtime and delays, increase safety and improve traffic volume and to date it is the only system on the market that will be installed on commercial passenger and freight trains.
The system combines sensitive imaging sensors with artificial intelligence and deep learning (DL) technologies to quickly and accurately detect and classify obstacles within its extended visual range of up to two kilometres in diverse weather conditions and any light conditions.
This includes obstructions such as humans, vehicles, large animals such as cows, horses, wild boars and more.
The system then generates real-time visual and acoustic alerts for the train operator and as an option to the command-and-control centre. And it doesn’t end there. Rail Vision’s advanced image processing capabilities can also enable image-based navigation, predictive maintenance and GIS mapping.
Israel Railways currently operates around 700 trains daily, travelling along 1,138 kilometres of track and Rail Vision’s Main Line System will be deployed on intercity passenger trains and freight trains.
The Israeli railway operator ran a pilot of Rail Vision’s Main Line System on a freight rail locomotive operating in southern Israel, which tested the system in a wide range of weather conditions.
Drivers were taught how the system works and provided feedback throughout the trial, which proved the system met all of the operator’s necessary requirements.
Railway-News magazine Issue 3, September 2022: Rail Vision – Pilot Schemes Showcase the Capabilities of Rail Vision’s Advanced Safety Systems.
Railway-News Magazine Issue 1, March 2022: Rail Vision – AI’s Role in Improving Rail Safety and Maintenance.
Rail Vision designs, develops and manufactures pioneering systems to improve railway safety & maintenance using sensors, AI & deep learning.
Rail Vision’s Main Line System is specially designed to detect and classify obstacles on and along rail tracks up to 2000 meters.
Rail Vision’s unique Shunting Yard System enables railway operators to streamline and enhance the safety of their shunting operations.
Rail Vision’s cutting-edge, A.I.-based obstacle detection technology is ushering in a new era of train safety.
Rail Vision recently demonstrated field applicability of integrated technologies for autonomous switching yard operations.
Rail Vision generated strong interest in its ready to market Obstacle Detection Technology for Railway Safety at InnoTrans 2022 in Germany.
Rail Vision’s long-term pilot program with Rio Tinto was recently completed and extended to evaluate additional use cases.
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