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Measuring the movements of railroad switches with wireless sensors

A wireless, remotely monitored measuring system was needed for Kiwa Inspecta's client project, to monitor the movements and shake of railroad switches when a train is passing by.

The designing and implementation of the measuring system

Elkome, in cooperation with Kiwas Inspecta, designed a measuring system that can monitor the operation and behavior of railroad switches during different times of year. The measuring system was based on BeanAir's wireless acceleration sensors. The movements of the railroad switches could be estimated from the sensors' measurements. The sensors transmits the information through a router to the computer. The BeanScape software installed in the computer receives and saves the information for analysis.

A secure remote connection to the measuring system

The measuring computer and the wireless router are installed in a weather proof cabinet near the switch. The challenging weather conditions in Finland required special attention to the devices durability. A connection through the cellular network was needed to check and collect the measurement data. The connection was implemented with Secomea's secure remote connection solution.

Kiwa Inspecta is a leading service company in inspection, testing, certification, consultation and education sectors in Northern Europe.

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