The Indian Railways will shortly begin using drones to keep an eye on rail tracks. This is a step that might assist the national transporter come forward on the security aspect, which is a region of special attention for the administration.
Below an initiative of the railways and the telecom industry, IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) in Roorkee has designed the drones that are presently being experimented around the Uttarakhand town on the tracks.
“The Indian Railways is in the enhanced phases of considering installing UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) to keep an eye on rail tracks employing the technology designed by IIT-Roorkee,” claimed deputy director of TCOE (Telecom Centers of Excellence) India, Anurag Vibhuti, to the media in an interview.
TCOE is a public-private program in the telecom segment that operates with the academic world on new techs. Below it, RailTel Corporation, the broadband services arm of railways, has associated IIT-Roorkee to design the drones that will assist automate monitoring of rail track that presently is a labor-intensive procedure.
The drones will operate together with and might ultimately restore the conventional system, which makes employment of either trolleys pulled by workers or human inspectors. This is a hard job in remote places and at the time of extreme weather. Improper monitoring of tracks and human error are held responsible for most train accidents. Employment of drones to keep an eye on tracks and modern techs to analyze the information they capture is anticipated to lower the chances of problem.
On a related note, the punctuality score of Indian Railways has dropped to 65% in the last 3 Months, one of the lowest numbers clocked by railways in latest times.
Until a couple of months back, the Railways clocked punctuality of 80% and more, which officials of railway ministry stated has also been the standard score for the past 10 Years or so.