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 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.