Efficient Algorithm for Railway Tracks Detection Using Satellite Imagery

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Engr Ali Javed 1,* Khuram Ashfaq Qazi 1 Muazzam Maqsood 1 Khurram Ali Shah 1

1. Department of Software Engineering, U.E.T Taxila Taxila, Pakistan

* Corresponding author.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijigsp.2012.11.05

Received: 4 Jul. 2012 / Revised: 28 Jul. 2012 / Accepted: 5 Sep. 2012 / Published: 8 Oct. 2012

Index Terms

Efficient, Detection, Locomotive and catastrophe


Satellite imagery can produce maps including roads, railway tracks, buildings, bridges, oceans, lakes, rivers, etc. In developed countries like USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, images produced by Google map are of high resolution and good quality. On the other hand, mostly images of the third world countries like Pakistan, Asian and African countries are of poor quality and not clearly visible. Similarly railway tracks of these countries are hardly visible in Google map. We have developed an efficient algorithm for railway track detection from a low quality image of Google map. This would lead to detect damaged railway track, railway crossings and help to schedule/divert locomotive movements in order to avoid catastrophe.

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Ali Javed,Khuram Ashfaq Qazi,Muazzam Maqsood,Khurram Ali Shah,"Efficient Algorithm for Railway Tracks Detection Using Satellite Imagery", IJIGSP, vol.4, no.11, pp.34-40, 2012. DOI: 10.5815/ijigsp.2012.11.05 


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