Since the advent of Subway operations, the task of inspecting and repairing track, signals, and related wayside infrastructure has been essential to safely move millions of people every day.  It has also been one of the most hazardous jobs in the railway industry.  Accordingly, Bombardier is considering Roadway Worker Protection to be a priority.  The new technology, called TrackSafe, is a turnkey solution developed by Bombardier in partnership with the McMaster RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Applications Lab to create improved location awareness to track workers and train operators through the use of RFID and other advanced technologies.  This PDF’s role in the project will be to lead the research and development of the different technical components involved in realizing this product.  The main focus is in developing the appropriate RFID and wireless communications solution.  Bombardier is patenting the TrackSafe concept as the first solution of its kind capable of improving safety for mobile track workers.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Rafik Loutfy


Peter Basl


Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc.


Engineering - chemical / biological


Automotive and transportation


McMaster University



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