FRA Contract for Grade Crossing Safety Research Awarded to Wi-Tronix

Bolingbrook, Illinois – July 23, 2020 – Wi-Tronix®, LLC has been awarded a Federal Railroad Administration contract in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program on Grade Crossing Safety.


The U.S. Department of Transportation, through the Volpe Center, annually issues solicitations for participation in research projects to solve industry issues.  In early 2020, the DOT’s annual SBIR solicitation, with the sponsorship and guidance of the FRA, for “Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Aided Machine Vision for Grade Crossing Safety” was issued.  On May 21, 2020, Wi-Tronix competed in the U.S. DOT SBIR “Pitch Day” and was awarded the contract in July.


Grade crossing incidents are the second leading cause of rail-related fatalities in the United States, with trespassing incidents the leading cause.  In testimony before Congress in February of this year, the FRA Chief Safety Officer Karl Alexy stated, “The safety of rail operations over highway-rail grade crossings and trespassing on railroad rights-of-way are two critical issues that FRA recognizes continue to impact and concern communities.”


Wi-Tronix will be working with a railroad partner in evaluating the ability of forward-facing cameras in locomotives to detect and analyze grade crossing infrastructure such as railroad grade crossing lights and gates.  Critical success factors will be evaluated in the use of video analytics and visual intelligence tools.  The ultimate objectives are automating inspections to improve safety.  “We are thrilled with the SBIR award,” stated Wi-Tronix CEO Larry Jordan.  “This potential safety improvement is a perfect application of our Violet Edge IoT platform and Ecosystem.”


About Wi-Tronix


Wi-Tronix®, LLC delivers advanced IoT platforms for the rail industry that provide actionable information and insights on how networks are performing in real-time.  By enabling continuous improvement with a powerful combination of connectivity, analytics, alerts and more, we are enabling freight, passenger railroads and transit systems with the tools that help enhance safety, operational efficiency, and service reliability. The Wi-Tronix team is passionately committed to its global vision of saving lives and ensuring the most efficient and reliable movement of goods and people throughout the world. Find out more about Wi-Tronix at or contact us at