Downloads

VDR24 Dual-Radar Vehicle Detection Data Sheet

Download the Island Radar data sheet, providing the basic functionality and operating specifications for the SmartSensor-Rail radar sensors and the VDR24 Vehicle Detection Radar controller. Now featuring continuous radar correspondence verification.

GPR14 General Purpose Radar Detection System Data Sheet

Download the GPR14 single-radar, four-zone, General Purpose Radar system data sheet. Deploy anywhere for reliable detection of vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, trains, and other objects in up to sixteen zones. Now featuring four powered, vital outputs.

VDR24 Radar Installation and Operation Manual

The VDR24 System supports two radars operating with 100% redundancy, providing four output zones of virtually any shape or size. Download the I&O Manual here.

Typical Installation and Hookup CAD Drawings

Download CAD drawings showing typical layout and connections for the VDR24 Dual-Radar Vehicle Detection System. Radar location and siting information is provided for gate mast mounting and dedicated pole mounting at four-quadrant gate crossings.

AREMA 2014 - Use of Microwave Radar for Train Detection at Diamond Crossings 

Reporting on initial installations that utilize radar for train detection in dead sections of diamond crossings, BNSF's Jerry Specht and Island Radar's Tom Hilleary recently presented this paper to the AREMA 20214 conference.

NC State Report - Study of Radar Performance at Norfolk Southern Four Quadrant Gate Crossing Sites 

North Carolina State University, in association with its Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE), is engaged in a long-term performance study on the Island Radar detection system at a number of four quadrant gate crossing warning systems in North Carolina. Here, you can download a copy of a paper recently given by ITRE at the 2014 Global Level Crossing Symposium at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois.

VDR24 Radar Installation and Operation Manual

The VDR24 System supports two radars operating with 100% redundancy, providing four output zones of virtually any shape or size. Download the I&O Manual here.

SmartSensor-Rail Firmware, V1.2.0 new radar firmware icon

The radar sensors' current firmware and libraries are contained in the SmartSensor Manager application (SSM Rail). To load the current firmware into the radar, the most recent version of SSM-Rail, version 1.2.0, needs to be downloaded and installed on the PC that will be used to configure the radar.  Download the most recent SSM-Rail application here, and run the application to install it on the PC - which will also create a convenient desktop shortcut. When connected to a radar, the new SSM-Rail application will prompt you if the radar sensor firmware needs to be upgraded. During the upgrade process, current radar configuration settings are temporarily stored and then re-written into the sensor. Be sure to delete previous versions of SSM-Rail to assure that current firmware is operating in all sensors.

Railway Age Reprint

In its recent feature article on grade crossing safety technology, Railway Age magazine featured remarks on Island Radar. Download an excerpt from the September 2013 Railway Age article here.

Federal Railway Administration Radar Evaluation Report

In an 18-month study, the vehicle detection radar system was evaluated at a four-quadrant gate crossing in Hinsdale Illinois. Located on a triple-track Metra corridor, this crossing serves as the four-quadrant gate demonstration and evaluation site for the state of Illinois. Here, the performance of the radar solution, powered by Wavetronix and adapted for railroad use by the Island Radar Company was validated against the performance of buried inductive loop detectors for more than a year and a half, and involving more than 1/2 million vehicles. The final report for this phase of testing is published on the US Department of Transportation's web site but may be downloaded here.

Development and Testing of a Radar-Based Vehicle Train Detection System for Diamond Crossovers

In and around crossovers, where two tracks cross one another, conventional track circuits cannot be established. Typically, presence detection loops are clamped to the tops of ties to effect train detection in these track circuit 'dead zones', but they are highly susceptible to damage. Island Radar developed a radar-based means of detecting trains in these areas in a project conducted with BNSF Railway. The final report for this development and evaluation project may be downloaded here.

Development and Testing of a Radar-Based Vehicle Detection System for Four Quadrant Gates and Blocked Crossing Detection

Four-quadrant gate crossing warning systems for high-speed rail and quiet zones frequently utilize a Dynamic Exit Gate Clearance Time operational mode. This requires reliable vehicle detection in the crossing island to influence the behavior of exit gates, permitting vehicles in the crossing to exit before descent of exit gates. The Island Radar® provides non-embedded vehicle detection utilizing two overhead radar sensors. This dual-redundant solution outperforms more costly and shorter-lived, buried inductive loops. This white paper introduces the development and initial validation testing programs conducted for the Island Radar.