Rail

IMPulse catenary monitoring system honored by White House

Posted on May 8, 2013

IMPulse NC LLC, a leading U.S. manufacturer of overhead contact system (catenary) hardware for public transit systems, has been selected by the White House as a Transportation Champion of Change. The honor recognizes IMPulse for its patent-pending automated Catenary Safety Monitoring System, which improves the reliability and safety of commuter and light rail transit systems while reducing maintenance costs.

IMPulse was honored at a White House ceremony on May 8 along with other elite transit organizations and professionals that are making a difference in transportation technology solutions for the 21st Century. IMPulse President Jeffrey Wharton attended the event, which was live streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live. More information can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

IMPulse’s innovative new Catenary Safety Monitoring System remotely and constantly monitors the overhead line (catenary) and its balance weight assemblies. This automated system identifies potential maintenance problems, thus increasing the safety and reliability of a transit line. The system is designed to eliminate the need for daily visual inspections while also giving transit agencies real-time access to the overhead wire system 24/7.
                                                                 
The system operates by solar power (“green” energy). No utility connection is required, which allows remote monitoring anywhere along a rail line. Through a password-protected website (via e-Cloud), a transit agency can observe real-time movement of the overhead wires and review past data. Maintenance personnel can track system history, facilitating a proactive service plan that in turn can offer substantial savings and help eliminate service interruptions. Imminent and actual problems are identified within seconds via a wireless alert system.
 
IMPulse recently completed several months of successful on-site tests along Virginia’s light rail line for Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) – “The Tide.” The system even withstood the impact of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.  

The Catenary Safety Monitoring System is adaptable to existing styles of constant tension overhead lines. The industry response has been positive, with another project in progress for Los Angeles.  


View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Report finds BART facing $9.6B hole

Key findings of the report found that nearly two-thirds of BART's railcar fleet will be at least 25 years old by fiscal year 2016-17, with the majority being 40 years old, and the agency faces cash-flow challenges for projects, with its total capital needs projected to cost more than $9.6 billion between fiscal years 2014-15 and 2023-24.

Alstom completes London train modernization program

The mid-life refurbishing program included 3.7 million items replaced on the fleet, which represents about 35,000 components per train.

TriMet adding 5 officers, 4 patrols for light rail extension

The Orange Line will also expand TriMet’s extensive network of security and operational cameras by more than 230 fixed-location cameras and about 180 cameras on the new Type 5 trains.

Escalating price may halt Minn. light rail line extension

The escalating costs for the 16-mile line from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie provoked Gov. Mark Dayton to express “serious questions about its viability and affordability,” while Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck did not rule out the possibility that the project could be scuttled.

IMPulse NC LLC attains APTA Gold recognition

Company is one of only two business members within APTA to reach the Gold Level for sustainability through the dedicated efforts of its employees who make it their mission to reduce the carbon footprint of its business and operate in a manner that ensures future sustainability for the community.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close