Burlington Northern Santa Fe has teamed up with communications companies Kansas Cellular, Open Cellular Systems, and BellSouth to provide remote monitoring equipment for level crossings, using existing communications links. Commissioning is due to be completed by the end of next year.

BNSF staff will be alerted to a range of equipment failures, including power and lamp faults, and broken or jammed crossing gates. Alerts are sent automatically using cellular telephone channels, and these can then be forwarded to dispatchers on existing intranet or internet connections.

BNSF, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

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