Saving lives on the tracks – the IoT approach – Victoria Chudinov, DSB Digital Labs


Railway collisions are devastating accidents that take away lives in a brutal and untimely manner. Whether intentional or accidental, they cause disruption, trauma and pain. While the most effective way to prevent these is to put barriers that prevent people from accessing the train tracks, this is not always feasible, or accessible. High tech solutions like sensors and cameras provide a low-cost alternative for these cases.

Key Takeaways

  • While simple barriers are a very effective way to prevent accidents and suicides with trains, they are not always an option
  • Sensors, cameras and other IoT solutions provide a relatively low-cost alternative to barriers that allow us to save lives
  • These can range from simple sensor-triggered devices, to complex, machine learning driven solutions that analyze behaviour
  • Here we explore our learnings from embarking on a project to prevent suicidal behavior and accidental collisions on the railway track in Denmark

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