Anomaly detection on railway crossings


Infrabel is a Belgian government-owned public limited company that is responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of the Belgian railway network.

As the owner of the country’s rail infrastructure, Infrabel is responsible for building and upgrading the network, as well as ensuring that it is properly maintained to provide a safe and efficient service to passengers and cargo operators. In addition to managing the physical infrastructure, Infrabel also manages train traffic control, coordinating the movement of trains across the network to ensure that they operate smoothly and efficiently.

Infrabel makes its rail capacity available to railway operator companies, providing them with access to the infrastructure needed to run their trains. This allows railway operators to provide reliable services to their customers, while Infrabel ensures that the overall rail system is well-maintained and operates efficiently.


At any time, Infrabel may face a number of challenges with railway crossings. These may include:

  • Ensuring the safety of passengers and railway staff at railway crossings. Railway crossings can be hazardous, particularly if they are not properly maintained or if there are misunderstandings or miscommunications between train operators and other parties. The company may need to implement safety protocols and procedures to minimize the risks associated with railway crossings.

  • Managing the flow of train traffic at railway crossings. The company may need to coordinate the movement of trains across the network to ensure that they operate efficiently and avoid delays or disruptions. This can be a complex task, particularly if the network is heavily used or if there are a large number of trains operating at the same time.

  • Maintaining the infrastructure at railway crossings. The company may need to regularly inspect and maintain the physical infrastructure at railway crossings, including the tracks, signals, and other equipment. This can be a time-consuming and costly process, and the company may need to invest in regular maintenance to ensure that the infrastructure is in good working order.

  • Responding to unexpected events at railway crossings. The company may need to be prepared to deal with unexpected events, such as accidents or incidents that disrupt train traffic. This may require the company to have emergency response protocols in place and to be able to quickly and effectively respond to any incidents that may occur.


Anomaly detection at railway crossings is a crucial aspect of maintaining a safe and efficient rail system. By identifying potential hazards and safety concerns, railway operators can take steps to prevent accidents and ensure that their trains are able to run smoothly and reliably. A consulting company can provide a range of services to support this effort, including:

  • Developing and implementing algorithms and techniques for identifying anomalies at railway crossings. This may involve using machine learning and other advanced techniques to analyze data collected from sensors, cameras, and other sources to identify unusual or potentially hazardous situations.

  • Analyzing data collected from railway crossings to identify patterns and trends that may indicate the presence of anomalies. This may include looking at factors such as the number of trains passing through a crossing, the speed of trains, and the amount of traffic at the crossing to identify potential hazards.

  • Working with railway operators to develop strategies for addressing and mitigating any identified hazards. This may include implementing new procedures and protocols for dealing with anomalies, as well as providing training and support to railway staff on how to use the anomaly detection systems and interpret the results.

  • Providing ongoing support and guidance to railway operators to help them improve the safety and efficiency of their rail system. This may include providing regular updates and reports on the performance of the anomaly detection systems, as well as offering advice and guidance on how to make the most of the technology.