Increased security of women passengers
Indian Railways is expected to propose the use of radiofrequency identification tags in its upcoming budget for tracking and tracing of wagons, coaches and locomotives.
Country´s Rail Budget 201516 is expected to propose extensive use of IT systems in everything from the management of rolling stock to the development of Apps for passengers and provision for WiFi on rail premises.
IT will also installed in wagons for enhancing the security of railway passengers, particularly women. Provision of CCTV cameras in ladies' coaches and development of an app for improving the security of women passengers are also likely to be mounted in carriages.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has given directions for leveraging the use of IT in railway functioning and the use of radiofrequency identification (RFID) devices in wagons, coaches and locomotives is a step in that direction, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Prabhu will propose that RFID devices be used for freight maintenance management, locomotive management, coach maintenance management and fuel management systems so as to ensure more effective and transparent functioning.
Using RFID devices, it will be easier for Railways to know the exact position of wagons, locomotives and coaches and also the fuel position. Currently, such data is maintained manually, which leaves room for inaccuracy.
Source: India Ministry of Transportation
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