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SRS Safe Rail System

SRS Safe Rail System represents a fast and non-destructive solution for inspecting railway ballast. It allows the user to autonomously inspect railway ballast for renewal and maintenance. This high-speed radar system (more than 300km/h) is made of three or four antennas and can be easily mounted on any rail carriage or locomotive safe rail system. It includes user-friendly post-processing software for interpreting radar data easily and efficiently.

Features include:

  • Continuous mapping of ballast thickness;
  • Location of areas with poor bearing capacity (e.g. ballast pockets);
  • Differentiation between clean and fouled ballast;
  • Detection of drainage problems.

IDS’ innovative use of its SafeRailSystem means a reduction in the current cost of under track investigation, maintenance and renewal of ballasts, an improvement in the specification of maintenance, so less reworking, a reliable calculation of investments and an improvement of maintenance quality.

SRS Safe Rail System offers:

  • High speed radar system for the inspection of ballast quality;
  • Continuous mapping of ballast thickness;
  • Location of insufficient bearing capacity areas (e.g. ballast pockets);
  • Differentiation between clean and fouled ballast;
  • Detection of drainage problem sections.
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Description

Technical specifications

Radar Acquisition Unit DAD SRS PLUS, with interleaved multiplexing 1800 scans/sec
Number of Collected Profiles Up to 4
Antenna Frequency Typical configuration: 400 MHz
Alternate frequencies available upon request
Positioning Doppler Radar GPS (optional)
Collection Speed > 190 km/h (4 profiles simultaneously)
Maximum Scan Length Unlimited collected profile length, no need to stop the train
Power Supply 10 – 15 Volts
Video Camera Synchronized radar and video data

Data

Radar Processing Software SRS DPA including:

SRS DP (Data Processor)
SRS DA (Data Analyzer and Reporting)
Elimination of disturbances due to the sleepers
Automatic data processing according to a predefined macro
Management of GPS data and video frames
Automatic detection of layer interfaces
Automatic calibration of radar propagation velocity with core data
Insertion of assets along the track (e.g. switches, crossings, etc.)
Assists the operator in evaluating track characteristics: Ballast fouling
Ballast bed moisture
Moisture distribution within the ballast
Evenness of track bed basis