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AutoScan – Rail inspection by autonomous systems

Objective

There are 215,720km of rail track in Europe, of which 4,300 broken rails are found every year. Broken tracks are the biggest cause of derailments, leading to loss of life and major disruption to services. Maintenance costs for member states of repairing broken rails are around €2bn every year. With the rapid increase in train traffic, train speeds and load carried, there is an urgent need to optimise the maintenance regime and increase reliability of rail infrastructure. Overall integrity and safety maintenance costs in the UK alone are more than €2,276m in 2014, with 20-40% of that spent on tracks (€455m - €910m).

AutoScan system(TRL6); an autonomous robotic evaluation system that performs rapid NDT inspection of track, accurately detecting defects, their position and size so that accurate assessment and scheduling of repair work can be made by the network operator.
Current methods or rail track inspection

AUTOSCAN will enable more frequent inspections of rail track which will significantly reduce lifecycle costs by enabling more efficient flaw detection and intervention. Operators will not need personnel to walk the track side, therefore improving safety. Overall inspection costs will reduce by at least 15% and probably significantly more

The aim of this project is to enhance the current prototype from TRL 6 to TRL 9 and develop a system proven in an operational environment suitable for commercial exploitation.

AutoScan will enable us to become more competitive within our major target market – Rail network operators and rail maintenance companies. With project development costs of €1,822,055 partly funded by company revenues, we aim to achieve a 2.3% European market penetration, with estimate sales revenues of €41M over the 5 years, with profits of €34.7M, providing an ROI of 1444%. We also anticipate creating over 50 jobs as a result of project AutoScan

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-FTIPilot-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

I-MOSS NV
Address
Corbielaan 5
3060 Bertem
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 308 634

Participants (4)

NOMAD TECH LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 203 467,25
Address
Rua Deniz Jacinto 270
4350 059 Porto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AUTOMATITZACIO DE PROCESSOS I MEDIAMBIENT SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 197 606,50
Address
Carrer Andorra Nave 2 22
08830 Sant Boi De Llobregat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 427 456,25
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 380 730
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments