Indian Railways to introduce accident avoidance tech
27 Jun 2016
- India is going to be the first country which will use radar and laser-based terrain-imagining vision for monitoring obstruction on railway tracks.
- Going by the name Tri-Netra, this system will check for obstacles and barriers along railway lines and tracks.
- All events occurring on the tracks will be recorded on this device in order to carry out post-event analysis.
How will this help?
- While driving, loco pilots (drivers) depend solely on visual clues and visual images besides signals, to prevent hindrances.
- The objective of this technology is to prevent mishaps by warning the driver about potentially dangerous circumstances well in advance.
- Visualizing danger from a reasonable distance will provide the loco pilots sufficient time to apply the brakes and thereby prevent accidents.
- According to sources, “The company will quote the price as there is no existing technology presently used anywhere in the world.”
IRCTC to get a new app
07 Jan 2017
- IRCTC plans to launch its IRCTC Rail Connect App next week.
- This app will aid in faster booking of tickets and cater to the increasing demand of travelers to “make the ticketing App more user-friendly and faster.”
- The passengers will be able to explore and reserve train tickets, review their current reservations or cancel them, and get forthcoming journey alerts through the app.
Suresh Prabhu releases 10-year energy plan for Railways
8 Jan 2017
- Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu unveiled a plan that would save ₹41,000 crore over 10 years.
- This will be possible through an integrated energy management system.
- The plan, known as Indian Railways’ Mission 41k initiative, will electrify 24,000km of railway tracks over the next 5 years by doubling the annual rate of electrification.
- The minister said that electrification will reduce railways’ dependence on fuel.
IIT Professors prepare software for railway timetables
17 Feb 2017
- A team of professors from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay came together with the Central Railways for simplifying the complex procedure of creating railway timetables.
- The professors wrote algorithms that will enable the creation of railway schedules in five minutes.
- They developed a software and created a periodic timetable which sidesteps various difficulties currently faced by the railways.
Aadhaar-based, cashless ticketing, integrated app: What’s new for railways
03 Mar 2017 | By ShikhaChaudhry
- In its new business plan 2017-18, the Railways have announced steps to move towards an Aadhaar-based, cashless ticketing system.
- Aadhaar will be compulsory for senior citizen concessions from April 1, and for registration at the IRCTC website.
- 6,000 point-of-sale machines and 1,000 automatic ticket vending machines are set to be installed across the country.
- A new integrated app will also be launched by May.
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