Island Radar's Tom Hilleary has been awarded a new Island Radar patent related to innovative technology that detects the presence of vehicles blocking or obstructing a railroad crossing, communicating important alert information to railroad personnel, central dispatch centers, and trains-on-approach. A frequent cause of train accidents involves trucks and other large vehicles that can "high-center" on a crossing island, posing a serious risk of accident, injury, and loss of property. Too often, vehicle operators focus attention on removing the vehicle from the crossing, neglecting the need to promptly notify the railroad organization of the situation. This innovative system triggers and conveys alert information to a variety of action-capable recipients.
A full copy of the recently granted patent may be downloaded from the US Patent and Trademark Office at:
- US Patent Number 9,376,129 - Methods and Systems for Detection and Notification of Blocked Railroad Crossings