ARTICLE Adapting Infrabel’s artificial intelligence solutions for the COVID-19 pandemicNews
In an exclusive interview, Terry Wykle and Dimitri Van Hecke, IT specialists at Infrabel, speak with Leah Hockley, Global Railway Review’s Junior Editor, to discuss how Infrabel’s existing artificial intelligence solutions were utilized and adapted during the COVID-19 crisis to protect the health safety of its workforce.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, every industry across the globe felt the unprecedented impact. The rail industry was no exception – staff numbers fluctuated as infection rates rose, services ground to a halt and passenger demand plummeted. However, it soon became clear that the railway would play an essential role in ensuring the continued movement of goods and key workers. Stakeholders across the industry were then faced with the challenge of having to ensure the health safety of those still needing to travel, as well as working to make sure that their own workforce remained safe from possible infection.
In response to this challenge, Infrabel took advantage of its existing technological solutions to support its workforce in preparation for the resumption of services. A wide range of tools, which utilize artificial intelligence (AI), were developed and deployed – sensors to detect and enforce social distancing and the wearing of facial coverings, and transmitter wristbands that ensure that staff members remain the designated distance apart to abide by social distancing rules.