Aurizon have progressed the use of the Track Access System (TAS). The Protection Officer (PO) uses an electronic tablet with the TAS software installed to initiate the Coded Block track protection in the field. The TAS system provides the following benefits:
Aurizon continues to investigate ways to continually improve track worker safety and is currently designing and testing:
- Technology that identifies a work group, or rail vehicle’s position with a high-level of accuracy using precision GPS tools. The long-term intent is for this to be integrated into the issuing of authorities, to further reduce the risk of human factors contributing to the risk of a work group being unprotected.
- Further safety improvements and efficiencies through testing electronic options for locking on and off.