Railroad crossings are a major safety concern for train operators and local municipalities. Safety systems need to provide train operators with early warning in case of a problem on the tracks or at a nearby crossing. Thermal cameras deliver round-the-clock monitoring, continuously storing and recording videos of sensitive areas along the railroad. With supporting analytics, the systems can provide alerts when a car, a person or an object (e.g. animal) are at a predefined “secure zone” (an area expected to be free of objects when a train approaches). Alerts and live video can be transmitted to the railway’s safety control room to allow a timely response, significantly reducing the number of train accidents.