Nokia deploys Europe’s first AI rail safety solution

20/01/2022

Nokia has collaborated with Schweizer Electronics to deploy what the duo claim is the first artificial intelligence (AI) railroad crossing safety solution in Europe.

The AI-based Nokia Scene Analytics solution is being deployed by Swiss public transport operator Baselland Transport (BLT), in Münchenstein. It aims to improve the safety of railroad crossings, leveraging real-time monitoring, incorporating machine learning algorithms.

Recent statistics from the European Union indicate that there are 250 fatalities and 300 serious injuries related to level crossings across the continent annually. BLT said it would use Scene Analytics’ algorithms - based on CCTV data - to continually understand what is ‘normal or anomalous,’ thereby improving railway security in real-time.

Speaking of the roll-out, head of maintenance electrical systems at BLT, Michael Theiler, said: “Level crossings are notoriously difficult areas to ensure the safety of passengers, pedestrians, train operators and motorists.

“This deployment represents an encouraging step towards using analytics as another layer of protection in dangerous areas. Nokia Scene Analytics acts as an intelligent set of ‘eyes,’ providing critical information in real-time, to prevent or mitigate the impact of an incident”.

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