Indian Railways innovations: The Railway Board has decided to implement 20 innovations by its employees to make train journeys safer and improve passenger comfort – such as a bell warning to alert travelers minutes before a train departs, real-time CCTV monitoring inside coaches, the printing of unreserved tickets through mobile applications – on a mass scale.

An official mentioned that an order has been issued to all zonal normal managers and manufacturing items to gear up for the implementation of those Indian Railways innovations concepts.

Ultrasonic detection of rails

The North Central Railway has developed a vehicular system for ultrasonic flaw detection of rails, which is at present carried out manually. The Malda division of the Japanese Railway has used pyrometers to observe the velocity and temperature of tracks. The carriage and wagon division of the Allahabad division of North Central Railway has developed a detector for the warm axle field in operating trains a lot earlier than an attainable derailment as a consequence of seizure.

Pure water coolers

The Western Railway has developed pure water coolers, with zero electrical consumption, every at a value of 1.25 lakh and a lifespan of ten years. The system works on precept of warmth switch the place water is handed by way of copper coils that are coated with cooling material energetic by way of a water dripping system. These coolers have been put in at Borivali, Dahanu Highway, Nandurbar, Udhana and Bandra railway stations.

A bell system

A bell system — developed by Allahabad division — alerts passengers at platforms that the prepare is able to depart inside two minutes and they need to occupy their seats. That is already in use on platform quantity one among the Allahabad junction railway station.

Actual-time CCTV footage

On the checklist can be a system to observe real-time CCTV footage onboard trains. Whereas the coaches in Humsafar trains have CCTV surveillance, the footage will not be monitored in actual time. The NCR has developed a system for real-time monitoring inside trains and has put in it in all 18 coaches of Humsafar trains.

The CCTV show unit is supplied within the guard’s compartment and the movies might be recorded and seen later; it’s aimed toward the fast decision of crimes onboard trains.

Air high quality monitoring

One other innovation the Railways is taking a look at is air high-quality monitoring gear developed by NCR and put in at Allahabad railway station.

Unreserved tickets by way of apps

With the coronavirus pandemic encouraging folks to go contact-less, the Northern Railway developed a system by way of which they issued unreserved tickets by way of cell apps and Bluetooth printers.

This pilot undertaking helped Railways to open on-line UTS ticketing counters at stations, platforms, tent cities and passenger holding areas without UTS connectivity and uninterrupted energy provide as these gadgets work on lithium-ion batteries and SIM playing cards.

The Railway Board has instructed the zones to furnish implementation studies of those 20 improvements throughout the subsequent three months.

The Railways launched a dedicated portal in 2018 to solicit the good ideas attempted by its employees across zones, aiming to implement some of them across its network. Since then, zonal railways have uploaded their entries on the web portal.

From September 2018 to December 2019, the portal received 2,645 entries.

Of which, the Board has identified 20 for initial mass scale implementation across the railway network, according to an order issued by it on July 10.

An official said that an order has been issued to all zonal general managers and production units to gear up for the implementation of these ideas.

Most of the Indian Railways innovations are aimed at technical improvements to boost safety.