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Advanced Railway Gate Control System using Webcam and MATLAB

IJCA Proceedings on National Conference on Digital Image and Signal Processing
© 2016 by IJCA Journal
NCDISP 2016 - Number 2
Year of Publication: 2016
Somnath A. Wankhede
Madan B. Matsagar

Somnath A Wankhede and Madan B Matsagar. Article: Advanced Railway Gate Control System using Webcam and MATLAB. IJCA Proceedings on National Conference on Digital Image and Signal Processing NCDISP 2016(2):16-20, August 2016. Full text available. BibTeX

	author = {Somnath A. Wankhede and Madan B. Matsagar},
	title = {Article: Advanced Railway Gate Control System using Webcam and MATLAB},
	journal = {IJCA Proceedings on National Conference on Digital Image and Signal Processing},
	year = {2016},
	volume = {NCDISP 2016},
	number = {2},
	pages = {16-20},
	month = {August},
	note = {Full text available}


The Indian railway has thousands of kilometers railway tracks and there are thousands of railway crossings. Due to lack of manpower, the railway authorities are unable to monitor all the level crossings. Secondly the manually operated railway gate crossings are prone to mechanical faults and human errors. This leads to accidents at the crossings, intern results in casualties, losses of lives and losses of public property. Several optoelectronic sensor and microcontroller based techniques are being implemented and newer techniques have been suggested to overcome this problem. This paper presents an advanced automatic railway gate control system model. The model incorporates webcams, gate driving and alert mechanism interfaced using MATLAB based software module. The system has been designed, developed and tested. The webcams installed across railway gate crossing identifies the arrival and departure of railway and the software control enables appropriate opening and closing of the gate arm accordingly and automatically. The quick response technique implemented in the system reduces the gate operation time and also the waiting time. Superior image based detection and control, quick response, database support, human attention and intervention free etc. are the merits of the system.


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