OTIV deploys new system for safer shunting operations
OTIV, a Belgian company specialised in developing systems for rail transportation deployed a new system that will take out human labour from potentially dangerous situations at shunting yards. It will be deployed at the rail terminal in Le Boulou, managed by VIIA, and the one in Narbonne, in collaboration with SNCF Fret, both in southwestern France
The system is called OTIV.ONE and as the company mentioned, it will be implemented at two more locations in the south of France over the next few months, and after that on a wider scale. This system, according to OTIV, will make shunting operations safer by digitalising procedures that require human presence in possibly dangerous locations.
OTIV.ONE: how does it work?
The OTIV.ONE system consists of a sensor suite that can be attached to the front of any wagon with a magnet. The sensors included in the sensor suite will be constantly transmitting information via 4G and 5G. The sensor, placed on the upfront wagon, will capture images at a 200° angle and transmit them in real time to the driver or other agents on site.
These features, as OTIV specified, will provide more reliable information about the environment in front of the train without putting workers in risky situations. Moreover, according to the company, this new technology could also benefit the current shortage of train drivers. This is because fewer people will be required to carry out the tasks picked up by the OTIV.ONE system and the workforce can be allocated differently, for example by having more train conductors.