Industry Focus – Wireless Railroad

August 13, 2015 at 8:00 AM


The railroad is a complex transportation infrastructure bustling with activity 24 hours a day. Transporting millions of passengers and tons of material is a challenging task requiring precision, coordination and attention to detail. With the help of wireless connectivity, this task is made easier and more efficient. Here, we will illustrate some of L-coms solutions that help the railroad industry stay on track.


Click the image to see a larger view. L-coms products provide connectivity throughout the rail yard with wireless communication to maintenance vehicles, ground personnel and engines. This allows for real-time data collection, security, monitoring and control.  The image on the right illustrates how just some of our products including  fiber optic cabling, Industrial Ethernet switches, access points, antennas and Ethernet cabling  make this possible. 



  Click the image to see a larger view.   Utilizing L-coms products enables cohesive rail yard asset management. In the diagram on the left, L-com’s directional patch antenna records information from RFID tags as the rail cars pass then sends the data to the central control station. Other wireless asset management networks employ a combination of directional and Omni-directional antennas in a point-to-multi-point wireless network.




Click the image to see a larger view.   Wayside monitoring applications record real-time data such as train speed, time of train pass through, track integrity and other critical information to enable safety alerts and provide updated scheduling information.  In the diagram to the right, L-com's wireless connectivity products provide connections to various sensors including hot-box detection sensors, derailment detection sensors, and overloading and unbalanced load sensors.


With so much on the line and so many trains running simultaneously, some at high speeds, coordinating rail transportation is a very complex task. Fortunately, advances in wireless communications have created many solutions that make today’s railroad operations more safe, efficient and streamlined.


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