A railway level crossing, also known as a highway-rail grade crossing, is the intersection between a rail line and a roadway. In the EU-member States altogether, there are around 50.000 level crossings without any active warning system. In Canada & the US the same number is 100.000! The world-wide amount of level crossings without warnings are 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.), 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 death and injury in the railway industry with 7 times more fatalities than all other accidents combined, including collisions and derailments.
The need for a low-cost solution is dire and consistent around the world. Our amacroXX solution is designed not only as a low cost alternative, which could be installed easily everywhere and help the society to save lives, but it also combines and includes the latest technologies available, making it a unique alternative. Below picture 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.
Contact us in order to receive much more detailed information about this exciting cost-effective level crossing solution.