Indian Railways developed warning system for unmanned level crossings

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Who: Indian Railways
What: Developed warning system
Why: For unmanned level crossings

Indian Railways has developed a vandal-proof warning system for unmanned level crossings which is working satisfactorily for the last three months on Coimbatore-Metupallayam section.

The specifications of the system have been finalised by the Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), the research wing of Indian Railways.

The system has been developed with a Mumbai-based vendor and RDSO will call for an expression of interest from other vendors for the production of more such systems.

Highlights of the warning system

• The system is equipped with two blinkers and one siren to alert people when a train is within one km radius of the level crossing.
• Fitted with solar panel, it has a theft protection system.
• In case of vandalisation of the system at the level crossing by unscrupulous elements or for any other reason, SMS alert will be sent to pre-programmed mobile numbers by the system.
• Besides, there is a provision in the system for sending SMS alerts about trains crossing to pre-programmed mobile numbers.
• The system consists of two sensor modules and a control module in which train movements are detected and siren and blinker alerts are produced when the train is within one km of the level crossing.
• Sensor modules are located within one km of level crossing to detect train movement on track.

With time, the warning system will be installed in all zonal railways in their respective areas as a step towards prevention of accidents. Presently, there are 30348 level crossings across the country out of which around 11563 are unmanned.

Mishaps at level crossings account for about 40 percent of train accidents and about 60 percent of fatalities due to the failure of the railways to man these crossings or build road overbridges or underpass.