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Streamlining Automated Inspection Technology for Transportation

Parul Dubey on June 19, 2018 - in News, Products, Technology

Avitas Systems, a GE Venture, provides state-of-the-art, robotic based autonomous and semi-autonomous inspection management, smart scheduling, and safety compliance.
The Avitas Systems cloud based platform uploads inspection data from a wide variety of sensors, fuses the data with regulatory and external sources, such as weather, and outputs advanced risk-based insights that are accessible 24/7 via an online inspection interface and mobile application.
The Avitas Systems solution protects assets, detects defects, and reduces network delay and risk.

Derailments and disruptions result in millions of dollars in damages and network delays, along with environmental and community risks.
Globally, railroads employ thousands of inspectors to meet regulatory mandates and their own requirements for inspecting critical rail network assets frequently.
Although there is an increasing adoption of automation, today, most rail asset inspection remains highly manual in nature.
Today’s rail inspection challenges require improved velocity by optimizing inspection modes and increased human safety by integrating and fusing multi-sensor source data. Avitas Systems is leading the way, by providing a path from time-based to more efficient condition-based and risk-based inspection, from reactive to predictive repair.
The Avitas Systems Difference
> State-of-the-art aerial and ground sensors collect vital inspection data and fuse it with common industry data sources, both manual and instrumented.
> A cloud-to-edge based proprietary platform, hosted on GE’s Predix cloud-based operating system for industrial applications, centralizes and stores the data, allowing for archival searches of records, including images, as the database grows.
> Avitas Systems fuses the inspection findings’ data, from both manual and autonomous inspection, with regulatory and external data sources (e.g., weather) and new inputs from subsequent inspections.
> Advanced algorithms detect defects and anomalies that cause costly derailments, delays, and environmental risks. Defect detection includes:
– Track alignment
– Broken rail
– Positive train control critical assets
– Ballast washout
– Drainage issues
– Broken and missing crossties
– Many other structural integrity and part-specific issues
> Network-wide risk maps for assets are displayed on an Avitas Systems dashboard, and the platform uses predictive analytics to recommend  targeted, risk-based inspection scheduling and planning. This process allows for improved risk-based inspection planning moving forward.

Possibility you can see
Avitas Systems provides access to digestible, network-wide risk-based insights and recommendations from anywhere via a secure, 24×7 webbased inspection interface.
The Avitas Systems Platform includes:
> Customized dashboards based on user needs
> Support for streaming media playback
> Customizable alerts
> Asset maps, workflow planning,  reports, and other visualization options

Visit Avitas Systems at: www.avitas-systems.com or @Avitas_Systems on Twitter


Why Avitas Systems for Transportation?
Avitas Systems provides:
> Improved human safety and compliance by reducing high-risk tasks via automation
> Ingestion that supports diverse internal, external, and third-party inspection sensor data inputs – including network, weather, infrastructure, locomotive- mounted, and manual sources – with the ability to integrate third-party software tools and analytics for transportation
– GE applications, such as: Locomotive event recorder, Locotrol, LocoVISION, Movement Planner, Rail Integrity Monitor, RailDOCS,  Trip Optimizer
– Existing rail operational data sources, such as: Geometry car, railroad geographic information system (GIS), wayside and infrastructure sensors, Locomotive VTI, Hi-Rail inspection, walking inspections and gauge tools, and multiple sources of weather data
> Smarter inspection planning workflow and inventorying of rail, bridges/ structures, locomotive, PTC critical assets, rail cars, and yards
> Increased uptime and usage through smarter maintenance
> Advanced reporting tools and flexible integration with existing reporting  systems to help meet complex regulatory requirements
> Reduced inspection costs as compared to manual inspection
> Increased operational efficiency using a robust array of innovative inspection tools and technologies, from manual technologies to automated  robots that make onsite inspections easier.
– Inspectors use state-of-the-art automated robots, including Unmanned  Aerial Vehicles, which allow a remote inspector to evaluate long lengths of track, track assets, and vital infrastructure from a single location, thereby reducing inspection times and increasing efficiency.

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