Brightline Rail employs AI to improve Safety

  • November 30, 2021
  • William Payne

AI specialist Remark is working with US inter-city rail provider Brightline on unauthorised intrusion detection, a major cause of injuries and delays on modern fast rail networks. Remark will implement its AI-based Smart Safety Platform (“SSP”), and the two companies are also collaborating on incorporating AI in additional technologies for other applications.

In 2018, Brightline launched a high speed rail service in South Florida connecting Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Expansion to Orlando is already underway and expected to be substantially completed by the end of 2022. The company is working on its first expansion plans outside of Florida with a series of intercity projects that will connect Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Remark’s AI powered cameras and Smart Safety Platform employs computer vision coverage to detect intrusions and track anomalies and provides real-time predictive analysis.

“Brightline maintains a strong focus on community, guest safety and service reliability, and their search for a safe and reliable method of monitoring its properties and rail corridors to reduce risk brought the company to us,” said Kai-Shing Tao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Remark Holdings. “Remark’s SSP is a natural fit for the job Brightline wants done properly. The SSP’s AI-powered intrusion detection tools operate 24 hours every day and are able to detect and accurately cover a wider range than humans can without assistance.”

“With the frequency of our service on a shared corridor in South Florida, we at Brightline are intently focused on safety. We are investing in safety enhancements involving engineering, enforcement, education and technology and are excited to work with Remark to pilot a new intrusion detection application,” said Robert Gatchell, chief safety and security officer for Brightline. “Trespassing on railroad tracks is an industry-wide concern and Brightline continues to pilot new technologies to monitor our corridor.”