How to Reduce Risk at Level Crossings
WaveTrain Systems (WTS)
The Game Changer in Railroad Industry
Public Safety and Security at Level Crossings
Richard Aaroe, CEO
London – 06.03.2014
Protecting Level Crossings with cutting edge technology – Game Changing solutions
Number of unprotected Level Crossings
● UK, approx. 7 000 unsecured
● Europe = 120 000 unsecured
● USA = 130 000
Asia = ?
Africa = ?
South America = ?
Australia = ?
● World Wide = 1 000 000
(data from UIC)
Social costs per year – Accidents & Causalities
o Accidents and causalities per year = Huge Costs
● Europe ≈ 1,4 billion € related to 1246 accidents and 330 casualties
Costs per accident and casualties in total for Europe
Costs due to
Value loss of
1 person who
Type of Incident
Do you think or do you do?
o Common understanding from Railway authorities:
Someone dear to be first?
Learning from others?
Use novel technology?
Do they have competence in using new technology?
How can the hurdle for new technology approach decrease?
o How many lives will we loose before infrastructure improves?
Do you think or do you do?
o What Network Rail did:
We want to be the first
We want to learn
Yes we need new technology
We build new processes to speed up implementation of new
● Allowed WaveTrain® Systems to use their infrastructure and test
o We don’t want to loose any more than we do today. Numbers to
NR addressing the problem and having programs
o Established a program with the goal of reducing risk
at level crossing with 25% over a period of 4 years
o Searching for new solutions and technology which
help them achieving the goal, with huge reduction in
costs and timeframe
o Quote from CP5 strategy on Level Crossing:
● In CP5 we plan to reduce significantly the risk from the public
misuse at level crossings by upgrading the protection at high risk
locations, extending the programme of work started in CP4. The
prioritisation of the type and timing of enhancements is informed
by a whole life cost model specifically developed to support cost
benefit appraisals for level crossings.
How to utilize funds more efficiently
o Saving on investment by using novel technology:
Client 1 = 3400
Client 2 = 7000
Client 3 = 5000
Client 4 = 3800
Client 5 = 2500
Outcome as of date - NR
o Installed 48 level crossing systems based upon new
and novel technology in Anglia Route
o 60 further systems to be delivered to Anglia, Sussex
and Kent Routes
o Framework Call-Off Agreement signed with some
suppliers, enable NR to achieve their goals
o Very positive feedback from users who states:
● “I do feel more secure when having a warning signal and not
only use “Stop, Look and Listen” before crossing
Old Method using New Technology
Is the Train
o Revolutionary and Innovative
solution based upon new
● Strongly focused on quality
● Focus on simplicity and
reduced complexity with no
reduction on quality
● Reduce investment and cost
with up to 90-95% from
buying todays systems
Old method, new technology – the new
Increased Public Safety, and benefits
o Better warning and protection system gives less
restrictions for train operators, which leads to more
o CCTV cameras can be mounted to prevent incidents on
a higher level
o No cabling gives no reason for theft which give less
reduction of train services
o Connection directly to train operation central can be
Problem with Cable Theft?
o Our systems
No cables …
Distance from crossing to cabinets,
Sensors fitted straight from
Products & Solutions
o Our advantages and solution set apart from
today’s conventional solutions by:
● No cabling along the rails in each direction from the level
− Substantial reduced installation time
− Reduced need for maintenance
− Substantial lower cost for the operators, both purchase and
● Proactive and not reactive solution, detect trains in
● Multi solution in terms of several possibilities
Mobile solution for work purposes along rails and tracks
Vehicles detection (speed, type of vehicle, direction, numbers)
Sending real-time system status information to SLA partner
Part of security level crossing
● High security towards theft and vandalism because of
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