p: How is data transferred
if the system detects
a non-standard incident?
system works with the response of
Milan Hucl: In the event of changes in
the monitored track environment, a warning signal is sent immediately either to
the ZAT SimONet platform, to which the
staff has access, or to an e-mail or mobile phone. The responsible staff member
shall then immediately inform the driver
of any risk. With the warning signal, he
also receives photos from the location.
The cameras taking the images allow the
operator to get an idea of the current situation in the monitored location. The
dispatcher can view the photos whenever he needs them. The system can easily be extended with additional sensors
monitoring, for example, rail temperature, rainfall density, etc.
p: Do you plan to deploy this
system in other high-risk
p: Have you already handled
a crisis situation?
Radek Trejtnar: As far as the unusual incident is concerned, it was fortunately
only a false alarm related to the sensor
settings and was probably caused by
the movement of the animal in the monitored area. The system was subsequently corrected as part of a test run. On
the other hand, we have tested how the
Radek Trejtnar: Verification operation is
still in progress. If everything works as
we assume, with a need for continuous
monitoring of high-risk locations of unstable sections, this system can be evaluated as an adequate safety measure.
p: Can the technology be applied to a wider range of sites?
Milan Hucl: The landslide detection system is based on the SimONet platform,
designed for wireless data collection,
transmission, visualization and subsequent analysis. It is an IoT technology that
we have developed, marketed and successfully deployed since 2018. The landslide detection product was developed by
starting cooperation with a foreign partner who supplies the sensors, and we took care of the control technology. However, it has a much wider application, for
example, in monitoring non-standard phenomena in surface mines, along highways,
roads, river courses, water works and in
protected landscape areas.
The SimONet IoT platform itself is commonly deployed in other areas of operation, for example in the gas industry, in building and energy management, where it
can save a company up to 30 percent of
energy consumption costs, as well as in location monitoring, healthcare and in explosive environments. Since our systems
are intended for the basic infrastructure of
the state, they meet the highest security
requirements, including cyber security.
p: What other measures are
you implementing on the railway
to protect property and health
and what new technologies are
you planning to deploy in the
Radek Trejtnar: A high level of safety is a
fundamental requirement for railway operations. A number of procedures are applied to protect property and health. In addition to measures to improve railway
safety aimed at our own operations, we also carry out activities aimed at the public,
for example increasing safety at level crossings. With regard to the introduction of
new technologies, which we are implementing on an ongoing basis, we can
mention, for example, the development of
fault diagnostics for moving vehicles. p
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