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A Robust Railway Track Crack Detection System Using Thermal Signatures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT5717C10146
Agency Tracking Number: 171FR2015
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 171FR2
Solicitation Number: DTRT17RSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-11-29
Small Business Information
1600 Providence Highway, Walpole, MA, 02081-2253
DUNS: 125933916
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Bo Ling
 President & CEO
 (508) 660-0328
Business Contact
 Bo Ling
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (508) 660-0328
Research Institution
In Phase I, Migma Systems propose to develop a robust system for detection of railway track surface cracks. Automated railway inspection is critical for ensuring the safety of public transportation. Rails often break under trains and broken tracks can lead to train derailment. In Phase I, we will make a prototype sensor with low power microprocessor, IR camera, GPS and temperature/humidity sensor. It will be integrated with an existing FRED. Algorithms will be developed to detect track surface cracks through geometric thermal signature. This system also has the self-calibration capability. It does not require external illumination and is suitable for Class 9 train travelling at a speed of 200 mph. In Phase I, we will work with MBTA and install our sensor on FRED of the train for data collection. The collected data will be used for the development of algorithms of track surface crack detection and false alarm mitigation. A data structure will also be formed, which can be used to send event data to the train operators, which including sensor health status. For proof-of-concept, the outcome of Phase I development will be a demo system made of hardware of sensor and software detecting track cracks.

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