Spain has just hosted an interesting initiative by several private companies in the country, led by SigmaRail that have the support of institutions as important as the Scientific Park of the Carlos III University of Madrid. The idea is, through the use of drones, to keep track of everything that happens on the railways that run through practically the entire peninsula.
As is often the case with this type of project, perhaps the most interesting part is that, thanks to the use of this innovative technology and with so many possibilities, it will be possible to considerably reduce the cost of today's surveillance of each of the sectors into which the railways are divided in Spain while at the same time the fullfilment of security requirements in them, a matter of high priority after the recent derailment of a train between Malaga and Seville.
Thanks to the use of drones, it will be possible to improve the security and surveillance of Spanish railways
In order to bring this project to reality, the company has already signed a collaboration agreement with the company itself. Adif, administrator of railway infrastructures in Spain. Thanks to this agreement we are before the first company that will be authorized to fly over the railway corridor in Spain.
Personally, I have to admit that it seems to me a simply fascinating idea since guaranteeing safety is fundamental, especially in a means of transport that can travel at 300 kilometers per hour loaded with passengers. In this specific case, know in advance the existence of possible incidents or problems of obstruction of the railway tracks it can be essential to avoid a possible accident.
Based on the statements made by Norberto González Díaz, one of the founders of SigmaRail:
The definition and refinement of our image recognition algorithm allows the automation of all these processes.