Tattile: First alpr technology supervised railroad crossing in Argentina

October 23, 2020



Tattile: First alpr technology supervised railroad crossing in Argentina




According to local authorities of the city of Pilar in Argentina, on average 60 vehicles per day crossed the unsupervised railroad crossing of the San Martìn railway even when the train barriers were closed, and a train was already approaching. This led to negotiations between the railroad company Trenes Argentinos and the municipality of Pilar to install a mechanism avoiding accidents caused by these unauthorized crossing of the tracks using traffic monitoring cameras with number plate recognition software.

Finally, the first intelligent low-barrier railroad crossing enforcement system in the country was implemented using a Tattile Vega Smart Red Traffic Light camera. The intelligent ALPR camera is activated each time the railroad barrier closes and takes a picture of each vehicle passing the railroad crossing when the barrier is down. The alpr camera software inside the Tattile red light traffic camera reads the license plate of the vehicle causing the violation. With this information the infringement is documented allowing the authorities to issue fines which go up to $ 13,000.

An additional benefit the new smart traffic camera-based crossing enforcement system also warns Trenes Argentinos in case of a malfunction of the signals protecting the railway crossing to quickly place operational staff on-site to enable drivers to cross the intersection.

Since the problem of unauthorized crossing of closed railway barriers exists in many other intersections of rail and road across Argentina, plans are to expand this project to other areas such as Moròn, Tres de Febrero, Quilmes and San Miguel in order to further reduce low-barrier railroad violations through applying alpr technology.