Vision sensors provide more safety for shunting

Israel-based start-up RailVision has concluded the first order in the European rail market. It provides for deploying the company’s solution dedicated to the shunting operations. The digital system equipped with vision sensors is able to improve safety at marshalling yards.

The order includes delivering the Assisted Remote Shunting prototype system developed by RailVision and its functional test. According to the document, the trials will start in the fourth quarter of the current year. To this end, RailVision will equip 30 locomotives with its solution. This number could increase by exercising an option for an additional 45 vehicles.

The Israeli company did not report the exact name of the customer given only one hint that it is ‘a leading European train operator’. Meanwhile, it is quite possible to suggest that the digital solution will be delivered to Swiss operator SBB Cargo.

Safe shunting

“The Assisted Remote Shunting system will improve safety and contribute to unobstructed one-man control in everyday shunting yard operations,” RailVision’s CEO Elen Katz noted. The solution is based on vision sensors mounted on a locomotive and combined with deep learning technologies.

According to Mr Katz, the Assisted Remote Shunting system is able to automatically detect and classify obstacles including humans, recognise signals and turnouts, generate acoustic and visual alerts to the driver, provide a single person control of the shunting process from a remote location. In case of emergency, it is able to brake the vehicles.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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