Improving safety at level crossings via mobile app
Mobile applications have already become popular among railway operators. They could also be useful for infrastructure managers. Infrastruktura železnice Srbije, the state-owned entity that owns and maintains railway network in Serbia, developed an app dedicated to improving safety at level crossings across the country.
Serbian rail infrastructure manager Infrastruktura železnice Srbije launched the ‘Pružni prelazi’ mobile application (Level crossings in Serbian). With its help, all the traffic participants are able to report about the accidents, objections, problems and other irregularities that they detect at level crossings across Serbia. The app users have an opportunity to upload photos and videos as well as to add a comment related to the mentioned events.
Moreover, this option allows the customers to deliver their proposals to Infrastruktura železnice Srbije for improving level crossings or installing some additional equipment to enhance safety. The Serbian rail infrastructure manager is monitoring and analysing this information on a daily basis.
“We are convinced that traffic safety at level crossings is in the interest of all of us, so we invite traffic participants to install the ‘Pružni prelazi’ application, travel safely and save own lives and the lives of others,” Infrastruktura železnice Srbije appealed to the people that use level crossings. In addition, there is another channel for the customers to send their proposals and suggestions related to level crossings: they can also do this via the dedicated e-mail email@example.com.
Currently, the ‘Pružni prelazi’ mobile application is available only for Android devices. It contains full information about all level crossings in Serbia including the number of tracks, width, availability of traffic lights and boom barriers. Each point is placed on a digital Google-based map and is marked with crossbuck signs (Saint Andrew Cross).
To use the app, the customers only need to turn on an internet connection and the GPS system on their phones. When an app user is approaching a level crossing, the programme gives audible and visual warnings at a distance of 500, 300 and 100 metres to the intersection of a road with railway tracks.