Nokia, Schweizer Electronics use edge AI to improve safety for Swiss railway operator
Nokia has announced the deployment of its Scene Analytics solution for Baselland Transport AG (BLT) in Münchenstein, Switzerland. The AI-based system applies computer vision and machine learning technologies for real-time monitoring and analysis, to ensure the safety of railroad crossings. As the first deployment of this kind in Europe, Nokia’s collaboration with Schweizer Electronics and BLT demonstrated the reliability of AI-based railroad safety solutions for daily use.
Safety of passengers and vehicles at level crossings remains a concern for rail authorities due to the threat of serious injury or loss of life in these areas. Statistics from the European Union identified around 250 fatalities and 300 serious injuries related to level crossings in the EU-28 countries in 2018. Even the best warning systems can be bypassed, and crossings obstructed, making it essential for train operators to be alerted of issues in real-time.