The recent accident in Los Angeles could have been avoided if our system had been in use.
Fairhaven, MA (PRWEB) September 19, 2008
Northeast Maritime Institute (NMI) announced today that it has developed an innovative locomotive monitoring system that will help prevent locomotive, highway and maritime accidents nationwide.
The system uses video cameras placed on the interior and exterior of a train cab and the images are then transmitted as live video feed to off-site locations. This allows viewing of the activities in the cab area of the locomotive. Key information of speed and other factors that the engineer should be observing can be remotely monitored. An alarm signals when locomotive are about to collide. All of this is done in real time using cellular or satellite technology. Train access is restricted to authorized individuals only. Video feed can be monitored anywhere there is access to the internet and security protocols are met.
"The technology we have developed to monitor the interior and exterior of train cabs using video feed in real time is groundbreaking. The recent accident in Los Angeles could have been avoided if our system had been in use. Using our system, the engine cab compartment area could have been monitored by an experienced team of engineers from a remote location. Through the creation of a team, coupled with a collision alarm we have integrated into the system, the deaths in California would have been avoided," said Dawicki. "The technology works. By putting technology in the hands of experienced and well trained people, even the most adverse situations can have positive results."
Sid Martin, Director of Technology (LI), commented that "the system can be deployed quickly without disrupting normal rail operations." The system, installed by NMI as a prototype in the field, has proven to be an excellent proactive defense. A patent is pending.
While safety is often overlooked in budget discussions, Northeast Maritime Institute thinks its system will be an easy sell to companies. "The product and its safety features speak volumes," noted Martin.
The system, when combined with NMI's Golden Shellback™ weatherproof coating system (patent pending), enables rail equipment to operate in even the most adverse conditions. NMI's breakthrough technologies, individually or combined, are geared to change the way trains operate for the first time in over one hundred years.