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CCP: 104
Edited by: J. Pombo
Paper 95

Monitoring Railway Track by Unmanned Vehicle: Innovation Toward Operational Practice

C. Brogard1, N. Pollet1, M. Chanas2, F. Viguier1, B. Landes1, G. Saussine1, P. Assali1 and D. Laousse1

1SNCF, Paris, France
2EDF, Paris, France

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
C. Brogard, N. Pollet, M. Chanas, F. Viguier, B. Landes, G. Saussine, P. Assali, D. Laousse, "Monitoring Railway Track by Unmanned Vehicle: Innovation Toward Operational Practice", in J. Pombo, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 95, 2014. doi:10.4203/ccp.104.95
Keywords: railway track monitoring, unmanned vehicle.

In recent years unmanned vehicle (UV) systems became relevant for applications in precision farming and in infrastructures maintenance such as road maintenance and dam surveillance. The name unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) includes all vehicles, which are flying in the air with no person onboard with the capability of controlling the aircraft. This term is used commonly in the computer science and artificial intelligence community, but terms such as remotely piloted vehicle (RPV), remotely operated aircraft (ROA), remote controlled helicopter (RC-Helicopter), unmanned vehicle systems (UVS) and model helicopter are often used. The remote and model helicopters are clearly defined by the Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Association as mini, close, short and medium range UAVs depending on their size, endurance, range and flying altitude. These innovative developments have not been deeply investigated for railway domain or energy transport but have been identified as a key factor for reducing maintenance costs. The UAV platforms are nowadays a valuable source of data for inspection, surveillance, mapping and three-dimensional modelling issues.

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