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21st Century Railroads: Safety through Technology

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Every year more and more passengers are making a choice in favor of using trains and rail services because it is fast, affordable and safe! This is why the rail industry is facing big challenges in keeping up with growing demand and also making all processes safe and secure.

Railroads use both industry-adopted and railroad-specific operating procedures to enhance railroad safety and security.

These procedures cover areas such as employee responsibilities and training, train speeds, inspections, rail yard practices, locomotive operation, signaling equipment installation and other topics that directly and indirectly affect safety.

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PSA – Resident Expert in Rail Software Thanks to Our Customers

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Since PSA started 23 years ago in 1993, our knowledge and expertise in rail systems has grown tremendously through successful project completion time and time again. PSA has delivered over 144 projects during the last five years in four major areas of the rail industry: Platform, In-Cab Systems, Wayside and Back Office. To accomplish this feat, PSA engineers spent more than 141,000 hours in development and had over 1,500 hours of training. Continue Reading

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From Handcars to Integrated Autonomous Inspection Systems -The Progress of Rail Inspection

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About one-third of rail accidents are caused by track defects, such as broken or misaligned rails that could cause a train to derail [1].

Originally rail inspections were done visually. Not only was this time consuming and expensive, since often equipment had to be taken out of service, but in many cases it proved to be reactive measures rather than proactive. Increased rail traffic and higher speeds have led to shorten maintenance windows. This is where predictive automated inspection tools are becoming crucial for the success of the railroad industry. These types of inspections could help reach higher safety standards, increase productivity, and reduce operating costs. Continue Reading

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Can Big Data Help Keep Railroads Safe?

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When most people see a freight train go by, they do not realize the systems and processes used to ensure their safety and the safety of the train or that each cars performance is being tracked continually. Safety is a major concern for all forms of transportation and the rail industry is certainly no exception. In 2015 an estimated 1,000 service interruptions were prevented by using newly developed systems [1]. Continue Reading

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Value of Mobile Technology for Rail Transportation

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Mobile technology has evolved rapidly over the past few years and today affects every aspect of our lives, including transportation. As transportation managers seek new ways to compete in a challenging market place, many are implementing mobile technologies to optimize their operations. 44 percent of transportation executives surveyed globally said mobile is their top strategic priority, and 83 percent mentioned mobile as one of their strategic goals. Continue Reading