Level Crossings Safety and Automation: Wireless, Video and Radars

Implementing wireless transmission for railways can significantly improve both active and passive security.

Consider, for example, that 30% of railway fatalities in Europe are related to level crossings.

While level crossings are no longer used on high-speed train lines, they’re still commonly used on regular train lines. Removing them from railway lines and replacing them with bridges or tunnels is a costly proposition.  Therefore, deploying automation technology is a sound alternative and would increase safety and security for the existing rail infrastructure.

The majority of accidents and fatalities at level crossings could be avoided if the public adhered to the traffic light warnings.  Fluidmesh has developed a solution for streaming images coming from the video cameras at the crossings to the train drivers while the train is a few miles away from the potential danger. The video stream appears on the control instruments on board several miles before the level crossing site in order to allow the driver enough time to stop the train in the event somebody or something is on the track.

Equipping cargo trains with this solution is  especially important, as cargo trains are longer and heavier than passenger trains, making their breaking distance even longer.

Another advantage of the deployment of video cameras at level crossings is that it provides forensic evidence that can be used in case of accidents.

In this post, Fluidmesh CEO and Co Founder Umberto Malesci shares his insights on the benefits of wireless transmission for railways.