Remote Train Car Detection for Train Yard Mashalling
Train marshalling is the placement of cars in a particular order to complete a train. When placements need to be changed, track controls are activated to handle the switching cars. Automatic train detection is used so that operators can monitor the train car movements so that they are directed to the correct location. Railways present many difficulties for standard sensing equipment because it is typically a dirty and harsh outdoor environment.
Wireless Train Detection for Yard Monitoring
Wireless train detection is possible with embedded M-GAGE Wireless Sensor Nodes. The Nodes are installed underneath the track and can successfully detect the cars as they pass overhead. This data is transmitted back to the Gateway device and a control system, enabling remote yard monitoring and marshalling. Each node is installed underground and detects changes in the ambient magnetic field as train cars pass by overhead. The rugged M-GAGE Nodes are rated IP67 and fully sealed and potted with the power source, sensor, and antenna located inside the housing for a completely wireless solution.