Thursday, June 27, 2013


Preliminary trials of anti-collision system successful:Mittal

Indian Railways, Anti-collision systemJammu: Preliminary field trials of TrainCollision Avoidance System (TCAS) inSouth Central Railways have beensuccessful, Chairman Railway BoardVinnay Mittal said on Monday."We are experimenting with TCAS inSouth Central Railways. Preliminary fieldtrials in South Central Railways havebeen successful," he told reporters afterreviewing work on under-constructionrailway infrastructure in Katra, the basecamp of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.Mittal said, "it is GPS based system...Weare trying to spread the trials to adistance from 150 to 200 km and covermany more locomotives and establishits efficiency.""We are also looking into protectivewarning system which is an Europeanbased system," he said, adding it is acheaper technology.He was replying to a volley of questionsabout the collision of trains andaccidents and safety measures taken bythe railways in this regard.A safety device designed to preventtrain accidents, TCAS is based on acombination of railway signalling datawith radio communications, globalposition, radio frequency identificationdevices, software and logic.Field trials were conducted last monthin real time on a track near Tandurstation. Two TCAS-equippedlocomotives operated a series of testruns, simulating scenarios includinghead-on collisions, rear-end collisions,and SPAD (Signal Passed at Danger).
PTI

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