QinetiQ NA’s Rail Sensor System Being Tested by Maryland Transit; J.D. Crouch Comments

Dr. J.D. Crouch

QinetiQ North America’s intelligent rail integrity system has been selected by the Maryland Transit Administration for testing and evaluation, according to a company statement.

QinetiQ will lead the project under a subcontract from Protran Technology.

“We welcome this opportunity to demonstrate the IRIS system’s capabilities with MTA,” said J.D. Crouch, QNA technology solutions group president.

The Intelligent Rail Integrity System includes a series of remote sensors that can monitor rail integrity, temperature changes and stresses, in real time.

When installed, the system can help detect and lead personnel to structural issues, such as rail buckling, the company said.

“Rail sensors and advanced warning systems provide transit operators with a more efficient way to monitor rail conditions before they approach critical limits,” Crouch said.

IRIS works to alert designated personnel via phone or e-mail to the location of detected rail buckling or breaks. It can also help prioritize maintenance and establish performance trends of track structure.

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