India: The Indian Railways has decided to deploy drones for project monitoring. The UAVs will be used to monitor railway projects, tracks maintenance, help in crowd management and oversee maintenance work across different zones, railway officials said today.
“Directions have been given to Zonal Railways to procure such cameras. This is in-line with Railways’ desire to use technology to enhance safety and efficiency in train operations,” the national transporter said in a statement.
Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones shall be deployed to undertake monitoring activities of relief and rescue operation, project monitoring, progress of important works, conditions of track and inspection related activities, the statement said.
The UAVs are likely to be used to assess preparedness of non- interlocking (NI) works, crowd management during fairs, to identify scrap and also for aerial survey of station yards. It is going to be instrumental in providing real time inputs related to safety and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.
A drone is essentially a flying robot which can be remotely handled through software-controlled flight plans embedded in its systems working in conjunction with GPS. Government agencies have been using it extensively for defence, surveillance and emergency operations, in the event of natural disasters.