CSX and Norfolk Southern expect to increase the number of inward facing cameras in their locomotives this year and to install cell phone detection technology.
The cell phone detector device will only detect devices that are turned on and available to a cellular network.
Reportedly, the device will not seek to detect phones turned off or placed in “airplane mode,” meaning they cannot connect to a cellular network or the Internet.
A CSX spokesperson told Trains that the use of cameras and cell phone detection devices is for safety reasons.
An NS spokesperson also told the magazine that it will install more cameras this year and increase the number of locomotives equipped with cell phone detection devices.