Dec 4, 2008

India - Hi-tech safety for trains

MOBILE TRAIN Radio Communication (MTRC) System in India is set to get a significant boost, with the Indian Railways planning to deploy Global System for Mobile communications- Railways (GSM-R) network on some of its busiest rail routes. Work on around 3,200 kms of routes under the North Central Railway, Northern Railway, East Central Railway, Eastern Railway and North-East Frontier Railway zones were sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Railways at a cost of around Rs 300 crore.

Nokia Siemens Networks has implemented India's first GSM-R solution under the MTRC project for Northern Central Railway zone. The solution replaces earlier communication methods with a single streamlined digital radio system, which carries direct signalling and operational information between the moving train driver, guard and train controller.

Now, the zone is ready to advance to the communication technology used for conveying vital information among the train operating staff, station head and control central officials. "The new GSM-R technology-based MTRC system would enable railway officials to communicate with the train operating staff instantly for warning of any major incident with no distance restrictions or deficiency in intercommunication," said Chief Public Relation Officer of Northern Central Railways, R.D. Bajpai.

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