VTS: Rail Crossing Safety Monitoring


The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
National Capital Chapter
ONLINE MEETING Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2017
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2018

You will need a computer with speakers to watch the presentation.  A microphone and webcam are optional but encouraged.

Cost:  Free!

Please register by 5 pm Monday, February 14

Webinar login details will be provided by 8:00pm on Monday, February 14.
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Speaker:  John Ayers, Vice President, Operation, Ayers Electronic Systems

Topic:  Rail Crossing Safety Monitoring

Note: You only need to provide the required information (noted with a red *) on the registration web link, BUT please help us out and let us know if you are an IEEE or VTS member.  Everyone is always welcome at our meetings and membership is NOT required, but when we send meeting reports to IEEE, we need to list the number of IEEE/VTS members who participate.  

  Date and Time




  • Date: 15 Feb 2022
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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The meeting will be held on Zoom.  A Zoom link will be emailed by 8:00pm the day before the meeting to registered participants.

  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • United States

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  • Starts 08 February 2022 10:30 AM
  • Ends 14 February 2022 05:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


John Ayers John Ayers of Ayers Electronic Systems, LLC

John Ayers will present XING™, an automated crossing safety monitoring system, which automates hazard detection and notifications. XING™ slashes the time between hazard occurrence and notifications. This reduces response times and, in some cases, can prevent crossing incidents and accidents.

XING™ uses video analytics and configurable business rules to recognize and classify hazards, determine appropriate responders, and initiate notifications. XING™ provides incident management capabilities to assist responders and record their actions. XING™ removes the reliance on an observer to notice and report potentially hazardous situations.

XING™ automated notification features provide immediate and simultaneous notification of the proper authorities while a situation is occurring. These precious moments have potential to save lives, reduce costs, and prevent undesired incidents at crossings.


John Ayers is the Vice President of Operations for Ayers Electronic Systems, LLC (aE).  aE is a systems integrator solving problems faced by ground transportation suppliers and service providers. He is the lead developer of computer vision models for aE and has developed and deployed passenger information systems, real-time data translation applications, and audible pedestrian warning systems. Mr. Ayers has developed and executed formal PTC test programs for several Class I railroads.


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  • 12:00 pm - Introductions/roll call and discussion of current rail industry news and happenings
  • 12:25pm - Election of Chapter officers for 2022
  • 12:30 pm - Technical presentation & discussion
  • 01:30 pm - Adjourn




  • Chair: David (DJ) Johnson
  • Vice-Chair: Reg Mitchell
  • Secretary: Karl Berger, PE
  • Treasurer: Steve Bezner, PE
  • Cashier: Ken Briers
  • Program Committee: Heather Roman, Matt Nawn

Please help your VTS Chapter: If you would like to speak or have contact information for a speaker, please contact  Heather Roman <hroman at omni-strategy dot com> or Matt Nawn <matthew.nawn at dot.gov>

Future Meetings:

  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10