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Infrastructures 2018, 3(3), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures3030024

Wireless Sensor Networks: Toward Smarter Railway Stations

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Department of Civil Engineering, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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Received: 8 May 2018 / Revised: 4 July 2018 / Accepted: 13 July 2018 / Published: 17 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Railway Infrastructure Engineering)
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Railway industry plays a critical role in transportation and transit systems attributed to the ever-growing demand for catering to both freight and passengers. However, owing to many challenges faced by railway stations such as harsh environments, traffic flow, safety and security risks, new and adaptive systems employing new technology are recommended. In this review, several wireless sensor networks (WSNs) applications are proposed for use in railway station systems, including advanced WSNs, which will enhance security, safety, and decision-making processes to achieve more cost-effective management in railway stations, as well as the development of integrated systems. The size, efficiency, and cost of WSNs are influential factors that attract the railway industry to adopt these devices. This paper presents a review of WSNs that have been designed for uses in monitoring and securing railway stations. This article will first briefly focus on the presence of different WSN applications in diverse applications. In addition, it is important to note that exploitation of the state-of-the-art tools and techniques such as WSNs to gain an enormous amount of data from a railway station is a new and novel concept requiring the development of artificial intelligence methods, such machine learning, which will be vital for the future of the railway industry. View Full-Text
Keywords: railway station; wireless sensor network WSN; security and safety in a railway station; smart railway stations; railway data; machine learning in railway stations railway station; wireless sensor network WSN; security and safety in a railway station; smart railway stations; railway data; machine learning in railway stations
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Alawad, H.; Kaewunruen, S. Wireless Sensor Networks: Toward Smarter Railway Stations. Infrastructures 2018, 3, 24.

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