Slovak Level Crossings - Present State and Knowledge-Based Approach to Diagnostics

Aleš Janota*, Jana Šebeňová*
University of Žilina, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Control an Information Systems, Slovakia.

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* Address correspondence to these authors at the KRIS EF ŽU, Univerzitná 1, SK-01026 Žilina, Slovak Republic; Tel: +421-41-5133356, 5132066; Fax: +421-41-5131515; E-mail:, ales.janota


This paper consists of tree principal parts. The first part discusses the problem of safety of Slovak level crossings, seen through the statistic data, and explains distinctive features identified on the base of comparison with level crossings operated in other EU countries. The second part deals with knowledge-based approach applied to diagnostics of electronic/computer-based level crossing installations. In the last part the authors present their methodology which has been designed and which is to be applied to the level crossing systems of a particular producer and describe possible architectures of such a system.

Keywords: Level crossing, diagnostics, knowledge-based approach, safety, statistics.