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IIT Kanpur develops device to track trains

The IIT, Kanpur, has developed a system to locate the exact position and speed of trains between two stations.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 19:20 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, has developed a system to locate the exact position and speed of trains between two stations, a senior professor and coordinator of the project said in Kanpur.

As a trial of the system started on Monday between Kanpur and Allahabad railway stations, Prof NS Vyas of the Mechanical Engineering Department of IIT said the device would be kept at the engine of the train, which would provide its location and speed between two stations.

He said the system could be connected with the computer network at the enquiry office at the stations and the location and speed of trains could be displayed on screens at the platform. Any individual could also gather information about the movement of the train through the Internet, Vyas said.

He said another similar test of the system was undergoing between Chennai and Chidambaram railway stations with the help of a private party in collaboration with the Railways.

Elaborating about the project, Vyas said a computer installed at the station would control the plasma display screen. A train tracking device would be fitted on the railway engines, which would collect data through global positioning system 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 the train arrivals.

Initially, the system was being tested in a range of 200 kms. Because of this, the Allahabad-Kanpur track was selected. Trials were carried out on seven trains on Monday.

First Published: May 15, 2006 19:20 IST