Applying Military ISR Technology to Railroad ChallengesZMicro is known in the military community for its computer technology products in deployed environments. Of particular interest is ZMicro’s experience in ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) optical imaging and visualization technology. ZMicro is focusing this capability on increasing efficiency and safety for railway companies. Two areas are of immediate interest. The first is a wayside asset monitoring system which uses a camera array mounted on the roof of a hy-rail to automatically detect and validate wayside assets. The second is a situational awareness dashboard that repurposes the high-resolution video wayside imagery captured for the asset monitoring system to augment the visual acuity of the long haul locomotive engineer and improve the safe operation of the train in degraded visual environments. identification and change detection.
Railroad Wayside Asset MonitoringRailroad Wayside Asset Monitoring system automates the task of monitoring railway wayside signals, signage, bridges, tracks, guardrails, switches, foliage, etc. The system uses a high-resolution camera array mounted on a hy-rail to optically surveil the wayside at speed without human intervention. The camera array collects high-resolution 360° video of the wayside to identify and track assets to validate location, visual appearance, and other important information required for regulatory compliance, safety, and operational efficiency. Wayside clearanceCand restricted areas are monitored for degradation and intrusive structures. The camera system updates a video archive with GPS-synchronized metadata for processing against a track database. Assets with detected anomalies are tagged for follow-up operator inspection using a desktop software application that automatically validates the track database. The system employs deep learning algorithms with convolutional neural networks (CNN) for object.
Application of Hy-rail Wayside Asset MonitoringAt the heart of the system is a portable camera that mounts to a hy-rail truck. It records and verifies the geolocation and status of wayside objects as it moves along railroad tracks.