New rail device in chennai gets green signal

In a first-of-its-kind initiative in Indian railway, the Chennai division of
Southern Zone launched new technology to prevent failure of the signaling
system, a major problem that has been defying a solution for years.

Named ˜Failure Communication System (FCS), it is based on mobile
communication technology which automatically generates SMSes to alert officials of the
signaling department on signal snags.

Talking to Deccan Chronicle, S Anantharaman, Chennai divisional railway manager
(DRM), said the system developed by technicians of signaling department has
been installed at Mundiampakkam and Basin Bridge stations and the trial runs
are showing positive results.

A reliable power supply is the backbone of the signaling system and its
failure would lead to point failures, route holdings, which in turn would
result in detention of trains. When the power fails at a signal, the inbuilt
battery supplies the power, but there are instances when loss of power goes
unnoticed till the battery runs out. Thus in most instances the snag comes to
the notice of signaling staff too late, he said.

He pointed out instances at Melmaruvathur on February 20, and very recently on
March 7 when several trains, both Express and suburban, lost time after signals
According to Anantharaman the FCS with its foolproof system having its own
battery backup of 100 hours would end such issues once it is made available at
all stations.

FCS is provided with a mobile sim card, which soon after sensing loss of
power in the circuit, sends SMS to pre-programmed mobile numbers of technicians and
officials of signaling and telecommunication department. Before the battery
power gets drained, officials are alerted and technicians can attend and solve
the problem, he said.

Published in: on March 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

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