The objective of the RADIUS proposal is to develop a drone-based technology to monitor the physical status and electronic functionality of both non-safety-critical and safety-critical railway signalling assets and to execute specific maintenance activities to pave the road to efficient and reliable unmanned activities.
Nowadays, the monitoring of railway signalling assets is conducted alternatively through human maintenance activities, wired solutions and active surveying by means of moving vehicles. However, these means present many limitations. RADIUS proposes to overcome these limitations by using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones to execute a large part of the inspection and maintenance effort on-site. The RADIUS automation will also allow increased inspection frequency. Therefore, a new paradigm for railway inspection and maintenance shall be defined to limit activities carried out by human teams and to improve the global railway operational service in terms of availability, reliability and performance.
EuroUSC Italia will support EuroUSC España in the evaluation of safety and regulatory compliance of the proposed technical concept. This activity is transversal to the entire project as it starts with the identification of safety and regulatory requirements for the definition of system specifications and it goes up to the support in obtaining the authorizations from the competent authorities to carry out flight tests.