Transportation Infrastructure Safety

Transportation infrastructure is critical to the economic well being of individuals, communities, and nations. However, this infrastructure is complex and subject to many safety risks. Some of the areas that are particularly suspect to gas and fire hazards are enclosed areas such as:

  • Parking garages. Exhaust fumes emanating from fuel burning vehicles are highly toxic and can cause sickness and even death. By monitoring the concentration of these fumes and ventilating based on concentration, a safe environment can be ensured.
  • Aircraft hangars. The various flammable liquids used in these hangars include aviation fuels, lubricants, solvents, hydraulic fluids, and more. In the event of a leak, these fluids can release unwanted hazardous gas to endanger personnel and hangar equipment.
  • Underground mass transit systems. Combustible and toxic gases can build up in the long tunnels and seep into the ground.
  • Automotive and rail tunnels. Carbon Monoxide (CO) can build up from combustion engines running in the tunnel, and there are risks of combustible gas leakage and fire from potential accidents in the tunnel involving vehicles that may be carrying gasoline or alternative fuels.
  • Natural gas vehicles (NGV) are used in metropolitan fleets and operate on fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The bus barns, maintenance facilities, and garages for these vehicles are potential risk areas.

Monitoring the critical points of the transportation infrastructure for the presence of fire and gas is essential to ensure the safety of this strategic asset and the people who use it.

Gas Detection

If hazardous gases are accidentally leaked, they will rapidly disperse throughout an enclosed area. Hazardous gases found in transportation infrastructures include:

Gas detectors provide users with a means of detecting the presence of the hazardous gas, issuing suitable or visual warnings, and taking the specific actions necessary via an alarm system.

Automation and Integration Strategies

Detecting the presence of flame or hazardous gases is a necessary first step, but it is equally important to deliver alarms and to take actions that are specific to the area where the gas has been detected.

For example, if a high concentration of a toxic gas is detected in a tunnel, the appropriate strategy would be to flash the lights or change the colors of the lights entering the tunnel. It might also be appropriate for the gas detection system to pass its alarms on to the tunnel management system such as a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) that might activate large fans inside the tunnel. It might also be appropriate to issue a warning over the air on the local traffic channel that can be received by motorists. While the specific actions might vary by application, what is common is the need for the gas detection system to be versatile enough to connect to a variety of external systems that control or manage different aspects of the transportation infrastructure.

Products for Transportation Infrastructure Safety

Transportation infrastructure safety is heavily reliant on gas detection systems that include gas detection modules, a method to communicate to a controller, an ability to collect large amounts of data for subsequent analysis, and flexible alarm handling with a method for communicating data to higher-level systems. 

Sierra Monitor’s Nationally Recognized Testing Lab (NRTL) approved Sentry IT fire and gas system can ensure the safety and protection of assets and personnel at risk. Sierra Monitor’s detectors and controllers offer the industry’s best Return on Investment (ROI) to the facility manager through innovations that minimize installation, commissioning, calibration, and life cycle maintenance costs. Sierra Monitor’s Sentry IT solution is the preferred choice for the diligent and ROI-oriented facility management professional.

Gas Detectors:

Fire Detectors:

Fire and Gas Detection Controllers:

Unlike most fire and gas vendors, we also include our leading FieldServer multi-protocol gateways to connect our Sentry IT system to the appropriate BAS, SCADA system or PLC, and to the cloud for remote monitoring, control, and big data analytics.

FieldServer Gateways: