Transportation Autonomous Device
Manager of R&D
Railroad yards are in constant movement with potentially thousands of train cars moving over miles of track compressed into a limited area. The harsh environment presents many safety hazards for railroad workers who must move through this environment and perform assigned tasks. Job related injuries cost he railroads over $1 billion annually and from 2008 30.3% of those injuries occurred in the rail yard. A majority of the accidents were attributed to slips, trips and falls from the worker slipping on ballast or tripping on other trackside objects. IEM is a leader in the development of safety equipment for use in railroad inspection activities, proposes a Transportation Autonomous Device, that may be configured to work autonomously, with a remote user, or under direct control of a yard worker to perform tasks throughout the yard. The sorts of tasks TAD can serve include: provide “service mule” capability by transporting needed materials to workers in the yard; assist in visual inspection of cars by traversing the length of a train and transmitting visual information to a remote operator; perform certain repetitive tasks to free time for human workers to concentrate on other tasks; and perform dangerous tasks.
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