SafeRailSystem is a non-destructive solution for inspecting railway ballast. It autonomously inspects railway ballast for renewal and maintenance. This high-speed radar system (more than 300km/h) is made of three or four antennas, easily mountable on any rail carriage or locomotive, with data logger and visualization system, Doppler radar position encoder and a video camera for synchronization to radar data.
The SRS continuously maps ballast quality and thickness, locates areas with poor/insufficient bearing capacity, differentiates between clean and foul ballast and helps in detection of drainage problems. It not only reduces the cost of under track investigation, maintenance and renewal of ballasts, but also brings about improvement in the quality of maintenance
The user-friendly post-processing software interprets radar data easily and efficiently. This software includes advanced automatic pattern recognition; algorithms which assist the evaluation of ballast status and includes an automatic function for layer interface detection. The SRS data analyzer and reporting module is integrated in the data processing module with functionalities such as layer stratification and interpretation view of each profile, layer, and report of layer statistical results for each profile in a text file and then the data view can be saved as an image view.
- Continuous mapping of ballast thickness
- Location of areas with poor bearing capacity (e.g. ballast pockets)
- Differentiation between clean and fouled ballast
- Detection of drainage problems
IDS innovative use of its SafeRailSystem means a reduction in the current cost of under track investigation, maintenance and renewal of ballasts, an improvement in the specification of maintenance, so less reworking, a reliable calculation of investments and an improvement of maintenance quality.