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Queensland launches three new level crossing tech trials

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> Three new pieces of technology are being trialled at Queensland’s level crossings. </span> <p>Queensland’s Newman government injected $1m into technology trials, which will see new radio and solar-powered technology trialled across five level crossing sites in the sunshine state by the middle of the year.</p><p>“This additional boost in funds will let us trial all three rail crossing technologies,” state minister for transport and main roads Scott Emerson said.</p><p>“The three separate types of technology will be trialled at open level crossings located near Gatton, Rosewood, Dalby and between Townsville and Charters Towers.”</p><p>One system uses solar-powered lights to warn motorists of approaching trains. It will be trialled at sites near Gatton and Rosewood.</p><p>“At the other sites, there will be two different radio break-in systems trialled,” Emerson said.</p><p>“One system wirelessly detects the presence of trains and alerts the driver through an announcement via the radio as well as a visual warning while the other system provides an auditory warning only.</p><p>“These technologies have the ability to actively alert motorists to the presence of oncoming trains at level crossings and potentially reduce the risk of collisions.”</p><p>One of the two radio-based systems is being developed by NFA Innovations.</p><p>“The key is to provide the most cost effective, practical approach to provide automated audible timely warnings to road vehicle drivers in the vicinity of an emergency/hazardous situation and the dangers involved,” NFA Innovations says.</p><p>“The technology operates by a transmitter sending a signal that is detected by the existing in-vehicle car radio. The signal overrides normal transmission or CD or MP3 player and broadcasts a warning message over the vehicle speaker systems, even when the radio is turned down or off.”</p><p>Emerson explained why level crossings were a key focus of his.</p><p>“As we have seen a number of times this year already, a level crossing collision could cause service disruptions, property damage, injuries and in the most tragic cases, fatalities,” he said.</p><p>“We hope these trials will help determine what systems are most effective in eliminating collisions, reducing the number of near-misses and minimising the impact of all incidents which occur.</p><p>“We still need motorists and pedestrians to do their part and obey the signs and signals to avoid any accidents.”</p>