Nokia, Schweizer Electronics use edge AI to improve safety for Swiss railway operator

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.

Integrating Nokia Scene Analytics, BLT can use machine learning algorithms based on CCTV data to continually learn what is “normal” or anomalous. In addition to reporting anomalies to railway security in real-time, the AI-based platform detects the object type, which provides a more complete picture of the situation at hand. Event based video clips, images and associated data are stored, enabling post-incident forensic analysis.

Besides improving safety and response time, the deployment of Scene Analytics on railroad crossings also increases operational efficiencies by minimizing downtime and delays. Its machine learning capability reduces the time investment required by rail personnel to manually update the system. In doing so, Nokia Scene Analytics provides train operators with much greater overall cost efficiency. It can also be integrated with many standard industry cameras, reducing the total cost of ownership, and increasing the return on investment.

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