Workshop: new sensor technologies that improve safety of track maintenance
At RailTech Europe on 6 and 7 March, various free workshops will be given, which we’ll put in the spotlight here. This workshop by Robert Hanczor of Piper Networks will revolve around new sensor technologies that improve rail safety while reducing costs for the operator.
As post-pandemic ridership increases, rail operators are focused on enhancing service for passengers. Demands for improved headways and system performance are often encumbered by maintenance programs that contribute to service interruptions. This presentation and workshop focuses on the critical role of Track Maintenance initiatives in the pursuit of reliable systemwide performance and covers 3 core objectives:
- Improving the precision of work limit measurement to reduce Track Maintenance territory occupancy
- Consolidating the transmission work order information between dispatch, vehicle operators and Employees in Charge (EIC)
- Maximising system availability by reducing the need to close tracks adjacent to Track Maintenance activity
The workshop will be given by Robert Hanczor, PhD, the founder and CEO of Piper Networks. Founded in 2011, Piper has five primary product lines that serve the industry, including: Vital Train Positioning, Maintenance of Way (MOW) Protection, Automatic Train Protection (ATP), Grade Crossing Safety and Passenger Information Display Systems (PIDS). The company recently received CENELEC Safety Integrity Level 4 (SIL-4) certification for its UWB train control system from independent safety assessor TUV SUD, making it the first ever UWB-based position and speed technology to achieve vitality.
The company is currently focused on developing a new generation of transportation navigation and safety solutions. Their goal is to accelerate deployments that help modernise signaling, improve system safety, and generate critical telematic data analysis. Hanczor is currently leading several USA initiatives for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City and Amtrak. A native New Yorker, now residing in San Diego, he leads an experienced and dedicated team working to improve rail safety and reliability throughout the industry.