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Using Wireless Sensor Networks and Trains as Data Mules to Monitor Slab Track Infrastructures.

Cañete E, Chen J, Díaz M, Llopis L, Reyna A, Rubio B - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: Recently, slab track systems have arisen as a safer and more sustainable option for high speed railway infrastructures, compared to traditional ballasted tracks.The design of such systems has to deal with a scenario of large areas with inaccessible zones, where neither Internet coverage nor electricity supply is guaranteed.In addition, to ensure communication between the sensing devices and the train, the communication system must take into account parameters such as train speed, antenna coverage, band and frequency.

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Affiliation: Department of Languages and Computer Science, University of Málaga, Boulevar Louis Pasteur 35, Málaga 29071, Spain. ecc@lcc.uma.es.

ABSTRACT
Recently, slab track systems have arisen as a safer and more sustainable option for high speed railway infrastructures, compared to traditional ballasted tracks. Integrating Wireless Sensor Networks within these infrastructures can provide structural health related data that can be used to evaluate their degradation and to not only detect failures but also to predict them. The design of such systems has to deal with a scenario of large areas with inaccessible zones, where neither Internet coverage nor electricity supply is guaranteed. In this paper we propose a monitoring system for slab track systems that measures vibrations and displacements in the track. Collected data is transmitted to passing trains, which are used as data mules to upload the information to a remote control center. On arrival at the station, the data is stored in a database, which is queried by an application in order to detect and predict failures. In this paper, different communication architectures are designed and tested to select the most suitable system meeting such requirements as efficiency, low cost and data accuracy. In addition, to ensure communication between the sensing devices and the train, the communication system must take into account parameters such as train speed, antenna coverage, band and frequency.

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Mentions: Figure 16 shows the overall system architecture. A set of nodes marked with circles are displayed. These nodes are organized into groups with a single coordinator. The group coordinator receives the information collected by other nodes using ZigBee. Coordinators then detect when a train is approaching and using point to point communication in the 868 MHz band send the information to the train.


Using Wireless Sensor Networks and Trains as Data Mules to Monitor Slab Track Infrastructures.

Cañete E, Chen J, Díaz M, Llopis L, Reyna A, Rubio B - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Complete system communication architecture.
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sensors-15-15101-f016: Complete system communication architecture.
Mentions: Figure 16 shows the overall system architecture. A set of nodes marked with circles are displayed. These nodes are organized into groups with a single coordinator. The group coordinator receives the information collected by other nodes using ZigBee. Coordinators then detect when a train is approaching and using point to point communication in the 868 MHz band send the information to the train.

Bottom Line: Recently, slab track systems have arisen as a safer and more sustainable option for high speed railway infrastructures, compared to traditional ballasted tracks.The design of such systems has to deal with a scenario of large areas with inaccessible zones, where neither Internet coverage nor electricity supply is guaranteed.In addition, to ensure communication between the sensing devices and the train, the communication system must take into account parameters such as train speed, antenna coverage, band and frequency.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Languages and Computer Science, University of Málaga, Boulevar Louis Pasteur 35, Málaga 29071, Spain. ecc@lcc.uma.es.

ABSTRACT
Recently, slab track systems have arisen as a safer and more sustainable option for high speed railway infrastructures, compared to traditional ballasted tracks. Integrating Wireless Sensor Networks within these infrastructures can provide structural health related data that can be used to evaluate their degradation and to not only detect failures but also to predict them. The design of such systems has to deal with a scenario of large areas with inaccessible zones, where neither Internet coverage nor electricity supply is guaranteed. In this paper we propose a monitoring system for slab track systems that measures vibrations and displacements in the track. Collected data is transmitted to passing trains, which are used as data mules to upload the information to a remote control center. On arrival at the station, the data is stored in a database, which is queried by an application in order to detect and predict failures. In this paper, different communication architectures are designed and tested to select the most suitable system meeting such requirements as efficiency, low cost and data accuracy. In addition, to ensure communication between the sensing devices and the train, the communication system must take into account parameters such as train speed, antenna coverage, band and frequency.

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