IIT-K develops train tracking system
THE INDIAN Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) has successfully developed a train-tracking system that provides the exact location of a train on a screen installed at railway stations. This comes as good news for passengers as they would no longer be required to form queues to reach for the inquiry window to know about the arrival/departure status of trains.india Updated: May 15, 2006 01:07 IST
THE INDIAN Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) has successfully developed a train-tracking system that provides the exact location of a train on a screen installed at railway stations. This comes as good news for passengers as they would no longer be required to form queues to reach for the inquiry window to know about the arrival/departure status of trains.
The trial of the system, developed under Satellite Imaging for Railway Navigation (SIMRAN) project, was conducted here today. With this, the Kanpur Central station became the first railway station in the country to have this system. People thronged Platform No. 1 to have a look at the plasma screen installed to show the location of trains. Lal Quila Express also became the first train on which the trial of the system was done successfully bringing joy to passengers who were to board the train from Kanpur.
The chairman and principal investigator of the project is Director IIT-K Dr SG Dhande while project coordinator is Prof NS Vyas of mechanical engineering department (IIT-K) along with BM Shukla of computer science and engineering department (IIT-K). Ph D scholars Sunil Jha and Ashish Agrawal have also contributed to the project.
Elaborating about the project while talking to Hindustan Times, BM Shukla said a computer installed at the station would control the plasma display screen. He said a train-tracking device would be fitted on the railway engines, which would collect data through Global Positioning System (GPS) and supply the same to the plasma screen through Global System for Mobile and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS).
He said the plasma screen would display the location of the train along with the time enabling passengers to calculate the exact time of a train’s arrival/departure. He said initially the trial of the system was being carried out in a range of 200 km.
It was because of this that Allahabad-Kanpur track was selected first. However, a formal trial would be carried out on seven trains tomorrow on this route from 6 am. He added that after Kanpur Central, the route between Chennai and Chidambaram would be fitted with the technology, however, the time for the trial has not been fixed yet. Another plasma screen is to be installed at either platform No. 7 or 8 on May 16 at the Kanpur station. The platform number would be decided later.
It may be mentioned that SIMRAN is part of a project under Technological Mission on Railway Safety (TMRS) given by the Railway Ministry to IIT-K, jointly to be developed by RDSO. There are about 17 projects costing Rs 40 crore while Rs 2 crore has been incurred on SIMRAN. Earlier, in February this year, the IIT-K had successfully installed train wheel safety system at Ajgain railway station.