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MR V. SANJEEVI (left), Managing Director, e-Logistics, and Mr Krishnan Gopalan, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft BizTalk RFID Group, at a meet organised by the CII in Chennai on Thursday. Bijoy Ghosh
MR V. SANJEEVI (left), Managing Director, e-Logistics, and Mr Krishnan Gopalan, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft BizTalk RFID Group, at a meet organised by the CII in Chennai on Thursday. Bijoy Ghosh

T.E. Raja Simhan

ChennaiFeb. 8e-Logistics, a Chennai-based company, has joined hands with TCS, IIT-Kanpur and Research Designs and Standards Organisation, Lucknow, to develop a satellite imaging software for rail navigation (SIMRAN), which will enable tracking trains on the Internet - a big help in averting collisions.

The system, that cost Rs 24-crore to build, involves global positioning system-based rail network mapping and train tracking and wireless connectivity.

While e-Logistics would be in the front end, TCS would provide the back end support. IIT-Kanpur has fully mapped the Indian Railways. An agreement for the project was signed between the Indian Railways and e-Logistics in Lucknow on Wednesday, said Mr V. Sanjeevi, Managing Director, e-Logistics.

SIMRAN

SIMRAN involves a simple implementation of the geo-positioning system, GSM and radio frequency-based instrumentation. Devices would be placed in all stations.

Once the train passes through a station, the information is sent to GSM/GPRS network and later to the Internet through SIMRAN Web server.

The system would monitor every train in a certain geographical boundary for its location, speed and the direction of movement.

Last year, SIMRAN was one of the projects approved under the Technology Mission set up to address safety-related issues of the Railways. The mission was set up in collaboration with the Human Resource Development Ministry represented by IIT Kanpur and industry partners.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 9, 2007)
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