The U.S. Department of Transportation, through the Federal Railroad Administration, has awarded Greenville, S.C.-based VisioStack, Inc. Phase I and II SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grants for two projects tasked with improving traffic and pedestrian safety at highway-rail grade crossings. Both projects will help identify crossings that pose a risk to traffic and prioritize planned improvements.
The Phase I SBIR project involves creating an autonomous system that can assess key inventory at crossings using VisioStack’s RailLinks® FFV (forward-facing video). Project objectives include determining whether crossing gates are functional, and if key signage such as warning signs and stop signs are present.
The Phase II project involves VisioStack’s AXIS (Aerial Crossing Inspection System), described as “an innovative highway-rail grade crossing inspection system that uses UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and machine learning to perform crossing inspections with unprecedented efficiency.” In receiving this contract, VisioStack became the first business in South Carolina history to be awarded a Phase II SBIR project from the U.S. DOT.
VisioStack, Inc. provides enterprise data management and business intelligence services that focus on improving operational maintenance. The company, which has partnered with clients in more than 20 countries on four different continents, offers linear asset management solutions for railway infrastructure with an emphasis on data integration, predictive analytics, maintenance forecasting and workforce management. It specializes in the storage and analytical operations of multidimensional data sets.