A level crossing is the intersection between a railway line and a road or path at the same level, as opposed to the railway line crossing over or under a bridge or tunnel. Alone in the EU there are more than 50.000 unprotected level crossings, while in Canada and the USA this figure jumps to 100.000! The world-wide amount of unprotected level crossings is estimated to be around 400.000.
The current cost for fitting a single crossing warning system is between 100.000 € and 800.000 €, depending on the complexity and architecture. This includes the train detection system, warning devices (bells, lights, etc.), protection barriers, installation and testing. At this price, it is hard to justify installing systems at intersections with very low road traffic. However, next to trespassing, crossings are the leading cause of deaths and injuries in the railway industry with 7 times more fatalities than all other railway accidents combined, including collisions and derailments.
The need for a low-cost solution is dire and consistent around the world. Our amacroXX (speak amacross) solution is designed not only as a low-cost alternative, which could be installed easily everywhere and help society to save costs, but it also combines and includes latest technologies, making it a unique alternative.
The picture below explains the working principle, and also how the wheel sensors communicate via a wireless link to the level crossing main control cabinet.
Our solution and its architecture is built on 20 years of research and development in solar, wireless, microprocessor, magnetic and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, to provide an alternative approach to train detection at much lower cost. Our solution is based on axle counters and wheel sensors for reliable signaling applications.
With the optional remote diagnostic feature, rail infrastructure owners can remotely monitor these crossings, and this way understand in real time how all crossings are performing.
Moreover, this solution can be implemented in remote areas without electricity as it can be powered with green energy from solar or wind power, making it absolutely independent from main power grids.
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