Long Range ROW Detection and Warning System

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Navmar Applied Sciences Corp.
65 West Street Road Array
Warminster, PA 18974
Firm POC
Principal Investigator


Rail line intrusion events, initiated by dismounted individuals on foot or in vehicles, often result in devastating collisions with a train, with outcomes unfavorably to the intruder. A need exists for a locomotive mounted advanced remote detection system that can autonomously detect and characterize an intruder, at a distance, alerting the operating engineer to take corrective action. Navmar Applied Sciences (NASC) develops advanced remote sensing systems, tailored to the Military market. The proposed system would leverage our remote sensing engineering experience, with the development of an on board locomotor based sensor suite, employing optical and microwave sensor systems. Acquired sensor data would be autonomously analyzed utilizing sensor fusion, change detection and database techniques, for all weather situational awareness, increasing the probability of detection and recognition at a range of 3 miles. Visual and audible alerts would be presented to the engineer in the operator cab. Raw and analyzed sensor data, to include information from a GPS receiver, would be stored onto a solid state data recorder for subsequent analysis. The system would be self-contained, obtaining electrical power from the locomotive, and sensor interfaces facilitated with cabling or via a wireless link..