With infrastructure constantly growing – as well as ageing – condition monitoring of assets is essential to drive efficiency savings (maintenance optimisation), and to reduce the risk of infrastructure failure in the long term. As renewals and maintenance account for almost half of infrastructure managers’ expenditure, smart maintenance planning and spending has become paramount.
A recent bridge collapse in the UK highlighted the issue, when all direct services between London St Pancras and all stations north of Leicester, including the major cities of Sheffield and Nottingham, had to be put on hold. The collapse resulted in severe disruption, and major issues for operators – not to mention headache for thousands of passengers.
The technology is now here for us to drive innovation in asset management. State-of-the-art sensor technology allows us to replace manual measurements and provide continuous monitoring to detect anomalies and prevent delay-causing failures. Coupled with advanced analytical capability based on machine learning, sensor systems provide infrastructure maintenance managers with valuable insights into the health of switch infrastructure to help pave the road to infrastructure 4.0.
How is Deutsche Bahn using smart sensor technology to avoid infrastructure failure?
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