A study assessed the use of sensors to monitor railway track infrastructure to determine the performance of different track components during extreme weather events. It concluded that energy efficient transmission mechanisms must be developed to provide reliable and consistent communication to improve track monitoring for condition-based track maintenance.

Railway systems play a key role in modern transport systems by quickly and safely moving cargo and travellers. An increase in the demand to move freight and passengers at a time when the climate is changing means that railway infrastructure needs regular maintenance.

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Source: TRIMS, European Commission