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March 28, 2024

Railway Safety: Cordel's AI-Powered Autonomous Infrastructure Monitoring

Railway Safety: Cordel's AI-Powered Autonomous Infrastructure Monitoring

In railway operations, safety and efficiency are paramount. Every inch of track demands meticulous attention to ensure seamless operations and, most importantly, the safety of passengers and personnel. In a leap forward, Cordel has unveiled a revolutionary AI-powered autonomous infrastructure monitoring system, poised to redefine the standards of railway maintenance and safety.

With a rich history in railway operations and a track record of success in passenger train installations, Cordel brings a wealth of expertise to the table. Now, with the unveiling of their latest innovation, they have equipped Network Rail's High Speed multi-purpose vehicle with state-of-the-art hardware, ushering in a new era of precision and efficiency in infrastructure monitoring.

At the core of this cutting-edge solution lies Cordel's proprietary AI platform, a sophisticated system capable of rapidly processing raw LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and video data into actionable engineering insights. As the vehicle moves along the tracks, the system seamlessly transitions into data collection mode, capturing high-resolution video and survey-grade LiDAR data. This data is then meticulously aligned with the network's linear reference system, creating a precise digital twin of the railway infrastructure, updated on a monthly basis.

By automating overhead line equipment (OLE) inspections, Cordel's system ensures compliance with day-to-day standards while facilitating proactive asset management through precise change detection and trend analysis. Moreover, by streamlining the monitoring process, it reduces the need for manual inspections, effectively getting 'boots off ballast' and minimising operational disruptions.

What sets Cordel's solution apart is its seamless integration of AI and advanced hardware, tailored specifically to meet the rigorous operational standards of Network Rail High Speed. By harnessing the power of AI, Cordel is not only revolutionising the way railway infrastructure is monitored but also paving the way for safer, more efficient operations.

Cordel's system enhances overall safety for passengers and personnel, instilling confidence in the reliability of high-speed rail networks.

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