Doug Bedell — November 4, 2015, 11:57 am

Drones Being Used to Monitor Railroad Trackage

For sites with lengthy perimeters, consider some form of drone flights for checking on the security of fence or boundary lines. This renewed awareness arises from a Government Security News post on how BNSF Railway is using unmanned aircraft to monitor its trackage.

In the first day of operations on October 25, the ScanEagle system “provided real-time video covering 64 miles of the 132-mile stretch of track BNSF has designated for the exercise. ScanEagle is capable of flying for up to 24 hours at speeds of up to 80 knots.”

(BNSF, incidentally, is a combination of 11 U.S. railroads including the Great Northern, Santa Fe, and the Burlington Route. Remember them?)

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