Identifying and managing overgrown vegetation presents a significant challenge for train operating companies seeking to maintain efficient operations. Vegetation overgrowth causes communication breakdowns, uneven terrain, obstructions, and fire hazards, resulting in inconsistent operations, potential for accidents, and reduced train speeds. Sending crews to manually survey samples at crossings is inefficient, costly, and impractical at a large scale.
Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology provides a swift, precise, and economical approach to identify overgrown vegetation and streamline maintenance activities. This technology has not only transformed vegetation management, but has modernized processes ranging from autonomous vehicles to environmental conservation and emergency response.