Vision Solutions for Shunting Operations

Safe one-person operation for the last mile

Efficiency Leap: save time, move more tonnage, minimize accident risks, reduce costs: Rail transport is facing a massive challenge in the future to move more tonnage in less time, more economically, and more safely, all while dealing with current staffing shortages. Camera-based solutions provide drastic, rapid support, building upon existing resources, and infrastructure. Our new Train Eye program concept encompasses mobile entry-level solutions to improve safety and efficiency, up to complete driver vision and driver assistance systems.Kappa is your partner for certifiable solutions SIL 2 / SIL 3. Certifiable vision systems for safety-critical applications are our core business. Communication at eye level and in-depth understanding of your specific requirements are the basis for our solutions. 

Your partner for certifiable solutions SIL 2 / SIL 3


  • SOTV: Wireless Safe-On-Time Video
  • Transmission (LTE | 5G | RF)
  • Latest camera technology
  • Multispectral LWIR/VIS solutions for day & night vision, 24/7
  • Latency-free < 16.6 ms / 60 fps operation
  • In scene dynamic range 130 dB
  • Operating temperature -30°C to 75°C
  • Safety functions (freeze frame / latency check)
  • Anti-fog heating
  • Turnkey solutions with flexible design / scalable housing solutions

Standards and safety requirements

  • EN 50126: Specification and Demonstration of Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS)
  • EN 50128: Software for railway control and protection systems
  • EN 50129: Safety related electronic systems for railway applications
  • EN 12663: Mechanics
  • EN 50167: IT Security

Thinking ahead!

  • Reliable detection and recognition of persons, obstacles, signals, shoes in the structure gauge and Berne rectangle
  • Enhanced operating safety due to accident-avoiding assistance functions with acoustic and visual warning signals
  • Crash-Recording

Train Eye "Move"

Next-Level Shunting with Remote Driver Vision

With the entry-level Train Eye Move, staff can visually shunt extremely long blocks safely in one-man operation. Plug & Go: The lightweight video box is mounted magnetically onto the necessary end of the train and transfers sight forward, latency-free, to the shunting staff – totally simple.

  • Light mobile box on the last car < 5 kg
  • Equipped with 1-2 cameras
  • Battery operated, easy on-the-fly exchange
  • Handy magnetic fixture
  • SOTV Safe-on-time video
  • Intuitive Handling
  • Optional: Berne rectangle, LWIR, Image Fusion, SIL 2 / SIL 3

Train Eye "Shunter"

Next-Level Shunting with RC Shunting Vision Set-Up

With Train Eye Shunter, an existing shunting locomotive fleet can be retrofitted for safe remote operation. 2 video boxes with additional radar/LIDAR sensors are permanently mounted onto the locomotive in front and back. The system is connected to the radio remote control. Shunting staff steer off rail — or even from the office.

  • System with 2 built-in boxes on the locomotive
  • 2 cameras for front view (1 VIS, 1 LWIR), 1 camera for track view (distances of approx. 200 m), and close-range view (Berne rectangle)
  • Integration into wireless remote control
  • LiDAR/RADAR distance measurement
  • Image Fusion VIS/LWIR
  • SOTV
  • Optimized for operation in harsh environments
  • Optional SIL 2 / SIL 3


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We are your partner for digitizing the last mile!

Step 01

Shunting video assistant Train Eye "Move" and the system Train Eye "Shunter" ensure safe one-person operation. Increase shunting operations with low-threshold investments within structures already in place.

Step 02

Train Eye upgrades with the Driver Assistance Package provide additional safety and relief with signal detection, obstacle detection, and alert function.

Step 03

Integrating Train Eye solutions into partially or fully automated shunting operations sustainably ensures future viability.


Shunting Locomotive with Video Assistant (pilot system)

Loose shunting | Hump shunting

Video assistance systems can support loose shunting | hump shunting movements without additional staff at the front end. With the video assistance system, the driver/switcher can view the track/structure gauge at a distance of several hundred meters in front of the train on a display. 

Shunted shunting | hump yard

Another application is the shunted shunting run without train head manning. In this case, the train driver in the shunting train can monitor the clearance gauge in front of the shunted wagons, even at a distance of several hundred meters, on the display in the train. Dangerous situations are reliably detected and accidents avoided.

Intuitive, ergonomic handling

Simple means secure. Advanced vision technology delivers conclusive images even under the worst visibility conditions in poorly lit shunting railyards, such as backlight or darkness. The clear design provides all relevant information at a glance and supports rapid decisions. The system is optimized in weight and size.

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Minimized accident risks


Move more tonnage


Save time & costs

Eva Konta, Lead Management | Kappa optronics Eva Konta, Lead Management | Kappa optronics

Eva Konta

Lead Management

Fabian Claus, Business Unit Manager Vision Solutions | Kappa optronics Fabian Claus, Business Unit Manager Vision Solutions | Kappa optronics

Fabian Claus

Business Unit Manager Vision Solutions

 Harold O'Grady, Kappa optronics Inc., USA Team  Account Manager  Harold O'Grady, Kappa optronics Inc., USA Team  Account Manager

Harold O'Grady

Key Account Manager USA | North America

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