SoCal Commuter Rail System Gets $1.3M for AI-Powered Security – Government Technology

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(TNS) — The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Southern California’s regional rail system $1.3 million to develop an artificial intelligence-powered security system to detect unexpected movement on Metrolink tracks.

The technology would aim to automatically slow down or stop a train when cameras and sensors verified the presence of a person, vehicle or debris, Metrolink said about the proposed “track intrusion detection” system. The technology would integrate with existing GPS-based technology, “Positive Train Control,” that notifies train crew about a possible track danger, such as a homeless encampment or a pedestrian.

“If it succeeds, this project will not only improve the safety of our passengers and crew, it will directly benefit pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and everyone else who interacts with our system,” Los Angeles City Council President and Metrolink Board member Paul Krekorian said in a statement about the Wednesday announcement.

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