Trackside Robotic Devices
This project aims to develop a proof-of-concept remotely deployed track isolation/protection solution.
Such a device would have the capability to be deployed from a safe space within the rail corridor, navigate into the danger zone and isolate or protect an area of rail without human intervention.
This process removes the need for personnel to enter the danger zone before isolation has occurred, reducing risk for personnel working within the corridor.
Additionally, this pilot study will develop transferable technology, enabling future technologies such as autonomous inspection. This development has the prospect of improving the long-term efficiency of Australian rail operations.
The project is progressing well with remote control field trials conducted in February 2021 and further field trials and semi-autonomous operation demonstration scheduled for April 2021. Options and opportunities to improve and further develop the proof-of-concept system are now under review. Get in touch to get involved.