Broken Rail Detection (BRD)
This train-mounted solution validates the health of the rail, identifies any breaks, and accordingly notifies the rail status for the following train. BRD thus increases throughput as tracks can be maintained quickly and cleared for operation instead of being blocked for days due to a derailment. BRD is designed for easy installation and operation on various rail-based vehicles. The sensor identifies breaks before a conventional track circuit could detect an electrical disconnect in the rail. Any break in the rail can be identified with a very accurate GPS position within 100 mm (~3.9 in) for ease of identification and repair. On-board BRD reports to the backoffice system to verify any detection. Messages are then passed to the signaling system or train control to take immediate action on the next trains passing the located breaks. This way, BRD offers a near real-time detection and verification of breaks in rails – for safer and more profitable operation.