Efficient railway operations depend on a high level of safety in various areas. To that end, FAS provides a comprehensive solution ranging from work safety to protection against vandalism.
Guaranteeing safety is a multifaceted major challenge of railway operations: at a material level, components of the infrastructure, such as cable systems, cabinets as well as trains must be protected against theft and vandalism. The safety of all persons who are involved in a railway system is another factor that must be considered. This ranges from employees to passengers and trespassers.
Vandalism directed at trains and infrastructure can be expensive. It ranges from graffiti to destruction of components.
Huge costs, short ranges
As a result, security solutions for railway stations and other facilities along the tracks have to deal with complex requirements in order to be able to contribute to increased efficiency of railway operations. These include reliable detection of activities, transmission of appropriate information to the user in real-time and constant availability.
The solutions currently used mostly provide a single point of surveillance. To meet the requirements mentioned above, a range of complex security systems has been developed. Their architecture often complicates their integration into higher processes. Moreover, high maintenance costs arise from the numerous components that are needed to run those installations. Furthermore, security patrols are often employed to conduct random checks at all points on the network, although these systems should actually simplify their work.
Safety that comes from one source
Using DAS is quite common in the oil, gas and border protection business, where it is a proven concept for monitoring infrastructure and for carrying out various security applications. Based on experiences from these industries, Frauscher has extended the application areas of its products beyond train tracking. Frauscher Acoustic Sensing FAS offers main lines and mass transits the opportunity to install an all in-one security system which can expand the reach of rail network surveillance.
FAS transforms measurable signatures, caused by events such as movements of vehicles or footsteps of persons, into valuable information that can be used to generate alarms and reports about the presence of trespassers, objects and more. Furthermore, a concrete classification makes it possible to recognise activities such as digging.
Access prohibited: FAS tracks trespassers in sensitive areas
Providing information in the right areas
Information generated by the FAS is combined with accurate GPS data, transmitted to the Display Unit and can be handled according to individual requirements. For example, it is possible to send personnel to the site and to switch off power in the right areas or to determine the most effective escape route in case of train evacuation. The data generated can also be provided to mobile devices or even drones that can be sent to the operation site.
Beware of theft: Sawing and digging are tracked and transformed into an alarm in real-time
FAS can track trespassers in dangerous or restricted areas in real-time. Furthermore, animal flocks can be detected and approaching trains advised to reduce their speed.
With the FAS monitoring range capability, maintenance of way and work-crews can be more closely coordinated and better protected for rail operations, which increases productivity and can improve operational efficiency.
The sensitivity of FAS allows identification of different types of activities and can be a powerful tool to protect against vandalism and theft. This naturally shortens response times for front-line security to suspicious activities.
By targeting security patrols to the FAS location alerts, their effectiveness can be significantly increased. A paradigm shift in vandalism prevention will save tremendous amounts of time and resources in reducing damage remediation.
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