Rail systems need constant maintenance and extensive daily monitoring of rail safety and integrity, critical to passenger and cargo safety. An accurate and technologically advanced method of checking rail safety was needed in the marketplace.
Our task was to provide an interactive system that would work in a rail safety vehicle to accurately measure fluctuations in track wear and provide consistent reports for maintenance personnel.
DornerWorks developed custom software, using Windows XP Embedded and integrated Commercial-Off-The-Shelf components, to create a system that accurately measures the gauge and levelness of railroad tracks. This system utilized lasers to measure the gauge of the rails, incorporated a sensor that measured distance traveled and a second sensor that measured the incline, and also used GPS as a location measurement input.
This is a breakthrough product in its market, and DornerWorks took a proof of concept version to a final production version, improving the measurement performance by over 500%.