Smart technology solutions for the NeTIRail-INFRA case study lines: Axle box acceleration and ultra-low cost smartphones

Alfredo Nunez, Tudor Popa, Lucian Emmanuel Anghel, Jurjen Hendriks, Jan Moraal, Laurentiu Dorin Buretea, Jon Paragreen, Berbece Miron, Draghici Gheorghe, Mihail Campean, Rolf Dollevoet, Zili Li

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In this paper, we present preliminary results on the development of smart technology solutions for lower density railway lines. The goal is to reach a cost effective inspection and asset management to minimize maintenance
interventions time/cost without dedicated inspection vehicles. The proposed methods include axle box acceleration measurements and ultra-low cost smartphones. The collected data will be further used to increase knowledge of the condition of the railway track and to estimate the comfort of passengers. In order to make use of the data, the data is interpreted and converted from monitoring information into management information. Feasibility and preliminary studies were conducted in the railway lines of Romania. The results presented in this paper were obtained in the framework of the H2020 project NeTIRail-INFRA, Work Package 4: Monitoring and Smart Technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th Transportation Research Arena 2018
Subtitle of host publicationVienna, Austria
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2018
EventTransport Research Arena 2018: A digital era for transport - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 16 Apr 201819 Apr 2018
Conference number: 7


ConferenceTransport Research Arena 2018
Abbreviated titleTRA2018
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  • Railway technology
  • axle box acceleration measurements
  • ultra-low cost smartphones
  • railway track quality
  • train ride comfort
  • H2020 project


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