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Scholten, J. and Westenberg, R. and Schoemaker, M. (2009) Sensing train integrity. In: IEEE Sensors 2009 Conference, 25-28 Oct 2009, Christchurch, New Zealand. pp. 669-674. IEEE Computer Society. ISSN 1930-0395 ISBN 978-1-4244-5335-1

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This paper presents a new approach to check integrity
of cargo trains based on a distributed wireless sensor network
(WSN). The WSN is autonomous and gathers information about
the composition of the train without outside help or intervention.
If the WSN infers from its data that an unexpected change in
composition has occurred, it raises an alarm. While moving, a
change in composition usually means an undesirable and
hazardous loss of carriages. Train composition is determined by
two components of the WSN. The communication protocol
produces possible sequences of carriages. Sequences may yield
carriages from multiple trains. Acceleration sensors distinguish
carriages from different trains by correlating movements from
individual carriages. Tests with real cargo trains show that the
presented approach is feasible. Existing solutions to check train
integrity are almost without exception based on trackside
systems, while our solution exclusively depends on the trainbased

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Paper (Full Paper, Talk)
Research Group:EWI-PS: Pervasive Systems
Research Program:CTIT-WiSe: Wireless and Sensor Systems
Research Project:iLand: Middleware for deterministic dynamically reconfigurable networked embedded systems
Uncontrolled Keywords:wireless sensor networks, movement correlation, acceleration sensors
ID Code:16409
Deposited On:11 November 2009
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