Technology is being integrated into the future of rail systems today. Throughout the years, rail lines are innovating and introducing big data analysis as well as new technology to usher in a new era of railways. Advanced data analysis software is working to automate the trains of the future, examine preventative maintenance solutions as well as encourage railroads to introduce vital technology that can reduce the strain on our environment.
Some of the top ways that technology is changing rail systems include:
Automated sensors at various data capture points monitor the integrity of tracks, rail components and alignment. This can adjust speed as required or provide warnings when there is a need for preventative maintenance.
Smart sensor tech
Smart sensor tech for data capture can examine track conditions and amass a wealth of data for maintaining the rail network as well. By monitoring the track conditions, alerts can be sent out to optimize operations and keep trains running on time.
Advanced train controls
Advanced controls can work on efficiency for fuel or battery power. Optimizing operations for the wright, track grade, weather conditions and more ensure that a train can run more efficiently than with any operator. The positive train controls can react faster than any operator could and counteract errors in operation too. Generating thousands of performance ratings through sensors can help with detecting issues and with keeping the full operations of the train complexly efficient.
Electric train technology is only growing more efficient. As we continue to offer hybrid and electric rail on major railways across the world, we will see reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and a much greener way to ship products and move people on our rail lines.
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This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Swartz Engineering. For nearly half a century, Swartz Engineering has been at the forefront of industry safety. They are a family-owned company specializing in power distribution for the electrical industry. Our design ensures maximum flexibility for excellent reliability and a high return on investment.