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.
VisioStack Inc. has reached an agreement with Rumo to provide data management and analytics services.
The U.S. DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center recently announced its recommendations for the 2019 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) solicitation, which includes VisioStack’s proposal Aerial Crossing Inspection System (AXIS).
Railway infrastructure does not provide much information in and of itself, however, high-tech inspection vehicles, equipped with sensors and radars, frequently perform inspections of the track. They capture millions of data points when inspecting miles of track, by measuring numerous characteristics, such as rail, track and substructure quality. Further, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are now being used to take images and scan tracks.