Tuesday, February 26, 2013


India... Rail Alerts To Save Hundreds Of Lives (SATCOM)


[SatNews] Every year, about 400 gangmen are run over by trains while working...
...on the rail tracks. To check these deaths, railways will use Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (SIMRAN). This train tracking technology has been developed byIIT-Kanpur and Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO).
Meabwhile, IIT-Kanpur will hand over the final report on the Gangmen Warning System (GWS) to the Railway Board on March 10th. Developed at a cost of Rs 30 lakh, GWS would alert a gangman about an approaching train from a distance of 2,000 metres. The gangman will have to walk with a device which will warn him against the approaching train. While Indian Railways discontinued working with IIT-K on train tracking system, one of the most important uses of SIMRAN technology, the institute is working on two of the other byproducts of SIMRAN—GWS and the Unmanned Level Crossing Gates Warning System (ULCGWS).
IIT-Kanpur has completed trials for GWS and only a final trial in front of RDSO is awaited. On ULCGWS too, the institute has made headway. It's the final report which is awaited from ULCGWS. In this, a device would be installed at level crossings, both manned and unmanned, to alert road-users about the approaching train. The signal would change color when the train is 2,000 metres from the crossing and a hooter would blow when the train is 700 metres away from the level crossing. Once the train has crossed, signal would change colour from red to yellow.
The accidents at unmanned level crossings are rampant in railways. There have been several instances where vehicles hit the boom barriers and disrupted movement of trains. The warning system at level crossings will keep a check on such incidents. SIMRAN tracks trains through GPS, GSM and/or RF tags. The technology has been developed jointly by RDSO and IIT-K. In one of the most passenger-friendly moves, railway ministry opened the first phase of Real Train Information System (RTIS) to people for accurate train tracking, using SIMRAN, in 2011. (Source: Neha Shukla, The Times of India.)

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