Intelligent level crossing in Czechia, source: SŽDC

Voestalpine about the added value of digitalisation for rail crossings

Railway supplier voestalpine Railway Systems has a special component in its Roadmaster Intelligent monitoring and diagnostic system: RXM or Rail Crossing Monitoring system. As the name suggests it monitors the performance of rail crossings. The system allows for proactive maintenance, detects crossing faults and assists in investigation work.

Roadmaster is the central management software of Voestalpine Railway Systems. It connects several electro-mechanical end position detectors that are installed outside the track. Besides RXM there is also Switch Condition Monitoring (SCM), Signalling Power Monitoring (SPM), Track Circuit Monitoring (TCM) and the Track and Rail Monitoring (TRM).

More than any other rail component, rail crossings play a critical role between railway and public. They require regular maintenance and testing to ensure safety for both rail, road traffic and passengers. The Roadmaster monitoring systems have a multilingual interface and work on multiple operating platforms such as PCs, tablets and smartphones. No specific software has to be installed. It determines the performance and state of the system using various sensors and measured variables.

The system gives alarms in the event of deterioration of a critical asset. According to Voestalpine the system allows for optimization of management and maintenance/servicing processes, preventative early detection of faults before failure occurrences and integration into asset management systems.

RXM monitors

RXM monitors are part of the four Roadmaster applications. These monitors provide safely at rail crossings by using sensors that send data to the program system before any fault happens on the crossing. The main operating system of the RXM monitors works through real time monitoring.

As rail crossing components and subsystems may deteriorate between routine maintenance and inspections, real time monitoring allows continuous data to be given. A chronological log of the operating system is produced through event recordings providing constant updates. Maintenance information is received through a fixed network or wireless connection to a central server.

Author: Sarah Chebaro

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