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Wireless Remote Condition Monitoring Technology for the Rail Sector

Senceive design, build and support a range of wireless remote condition monitoring technology used on railway infrastructure around the world. Choose our sensors and communications platforms for proven, precise monitoring of track, structures and earthworks that is:

  • Easy to install
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Delivers continuous data
    – so you don’t need to visit site.

Rail engineers and operators have relied on Senceive remote monitoring technology since 2005. With thousands of sensors installed on track,  earthworks and structures the robust wireless instruments deliver precise, continuous data and instant alerts in virtually all conditions.

Wireless remote condition monitoring is an IoT (Internet of things) technology built around small, robust and affordable sensors that communicate via the cellular network. They can deliver near-continuous data over a remarkably long life (10 to 15 years) with minimal maintenance.

Monitoring Track

Wireless monitoring of track movement uses precise tilt sensors and other instruments to assess changes in twist, cant and settlement to warn engineers of short term, potentially dangerous problems. It also supports cost-effective long-term asset management by targeting maintenance resources where they are most needed. Complementary sensors monitor track temperature, strain, and displacement, while geotechnical sensors such as borehole in-place-inclinometers (IPIs) and piezometers provide insight on the relationship between track and deeper ground behaviour.

Monitoring Structures

Monitor tunnels, bridges and other structures to safeguard their integrity, for example when defects have been observed or where construction activity such as tunnelling or excavation is taking place nearby. Keep track of parameters including structural movement (deformation, cracks, joints) load, ground pore water pressure and much more.

Monitoring Earthworks and Slopes

Wireless monitoring of earthworks such as cuttings and embankments provides early warning of landslides, rockfall and erosion and can automatically inform asset owners of potentially dangerous events if material encroaches on the track, or if track support is weakened, for example by flood damage. The responsive InfraGuard solution developed by Senceive and Network Rail engineers includes ground movement sensors linked to cameras so that alerts can be verified without visiting site, thus avoiding stopping trains due to false alerts and reducing the need for site visits. InfraGuard systems are in place on more than 40 kilometres of track in southern England and are being deployed on railways and other infrastructure around the world.

Typical Applications:

  • Remote condition monitoring
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Monitoring impact of construction activity
  • Track geometry
  • Tunnel monitoring

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Senceive News

Track Geometry Monitoring in Poland

Track Geometry Monitoring in Poland

Why national railway infrastructure operator PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. chose a TPI wireless monitoring system to ensure railway safety.

Taman Bukit Permai 2, Malaysia – Slope Monitoring

Taman Bukit Permai 2, Malaysia – Slope Monitoring

Senceive's wireless monitoring was used to inform decision-making and safeguard a vulnerable slope after a tragedy in Ampang, Malaysia.

Senceive: Join Our Upcoming Webinar

Senceive: Join Our Upcoming Webinar

Join Senceive's upcoming webinar on Tuesday 19 March to explore condition monitoring of temperature-related track defects.

Rail Track Monitoring: Minneapolis Light Rail Transit System Extension

Rail Track Monitoring: Minneapolis Light Rail Transit System Exte...

Terracon successfully deployed wireless rail track monitoring on freight track adjacent to cut-and-cover construction with help from Senceive.

Advancing IoT Connectivity in Remote Locations

Advancing IoT Connectivity in Remote Locations

Senceive has explored the capabilities of the Satellite Bridge in revolutionising critical infrastructure monitoring in remote locations.

The Advantages of Wireless in Winter

The Advantages of Wireless in Winter

The coming of winter weather conditions increases the pressure on engineers - Senceive's wireless technology has the answer.

The Reliability of Wireless Condition Monitoring in Cold Weather

The Reliability of Wireless Condition Monitoring in Cold Weather

Senceive discusses the benefits of wireless condition monitoring in ensuring the safety and reliability of track infrastructure.

Remote Monitoring for Rail

Remote Monitoring for Rail

Whether you are involved in railway construction or operation, you will need to measure and assess the attributes and performance of railway assets.

Senceive Videos

Senceive Images

Senceive Railway Master Landscape with DIN

Illustration of the many modes of operation – for structures and track, as well as geotechnical and environmental applications

Wireless crack sensor

Wireless crack sensor; one of many structural and geotechnical options that can be included in a wireless monitoring solution

A solar-powered wireless communications gateway

A solar-powered wireless communications gateway enables multiple sensors to send continuous updates and alerts

Installing optical displacement sensor

Installing optical displacement sensor on tunnel wall and tilt sensors on sleepers

Senceive Nano tilt sensors

Senceive Nano tilt sensors monitoring changes in track geometry

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