On many networks, catenary maintenance work is only conducted after scheduled inspections performed by a measurements train.
However, when emerging issues in the wires go undetected entirely preventable component failures, or even wire breakages, become more frequent occurrences, leading to service disruption and expensive repair work.
CatMon provides an alternative, more cost-effective approach: using in-service trains to carry monitoring equipment and provide real-time intelligence of emerging faults:
- Accelerometers are mounted on the pantograph head. The units are solar powered and clamped to the pantograph without requiring permanent change to the train.
- Data is collected in real-time and sent via 3G. All data is aggregated and analysed.
- Information is reported via a web-based interface that allows operators to locate emerging problems across their network.
- Alternatively, the measurement data can also be provided via an API, facilitating integration in the customer's systems.
Optional add-on: Capture high-resolution video footage during impact events
Our partner, Telemattica, has developed an optional add-on to our CatMon system that uses a ruggedized, rail-specific camera to capture of high-resolution video footage during impact events detected by the CatMon system. Data collected by the camera is made available through a browser-based interface via secure web browser and as raw data via API.
Users are able to view registered events just minutes after they occur, and access details of the location, severity of impact, direction of asset and device health.