Southern Railway (SR) is planning to introduce GPS in the passenger trains to know the exact location of the trains at any point of time. The implementation of the system would help in better monitoring of the trains by the railways and would also provide passengers with vital information on their journey.
Mr V Anand, general manager, Southern Railway said that the project is in the test phase and depending on the result, it would be rolled out throughout the zone. Southern Railway is the first zone in the country to implement the system.
The implementation of the GPS involves the setting up of an electronic display screen inside the train that would provide information about the next station, the time in which the train would reach the station etc. The GPS with its facilities to log and analyse speed and detention of the train would help in arriving at these details. Also the location of a train, when it is between two stations can also be tracked using the system.
Southern Railway also has the credit of being the first railway zone in the country to roll out the freight operation information system (FOIS). The second and final phase of the FOIS, the terminal management system (TMS) is being implemented in stages, in various parts of the zone and is in the verge of completion. The FOIS system enables the freight operators to check the position of their consignments till it reaches the destination.
The first phase is the rake management system, which was completed in the year 2001. In the second phase or the TMS, the paper work will be eliminated and the railway receipts are transfered and issued electronically to the freight operators. This enables the operators to check the position of their consigments and receive receipts at the comfort of their workplace.