Railways to roll out 'Smart Coaches' soon
100 new such coaches are to be rolled out
Indian Railways has built a new “Smart Coach” having several new features. The newly turned out smart coach built indigenously under the make in India Initiative equipped with the latest state of art technology in the field. 100 new such coaches are to be rolled out in the near future.
Equipped with state of the art sensors
Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli has turned out a smart Coach No.18155 LACCN. This coach is on LHB platform and equipped with state of the art sensors and centralized computer to monitor the status of all sensors through a single window.
Coach diagnostic system
The Energy harvester based sensor monitors the condition of wheel, bearing and hard spots on the Track. The same is fed to the data concentrator and transmitted via GPS/GPRS to a remote server. The data can be used for diagnosis.
Surveillance & security
6 cameras fitted on the coach give live recording. With PICCU footage can be accessed from control centre itself.
WLI [water level indicator]
A SMS shall be sent to the next watering station when the water level falls below half. This can be programmed at the base monitoring unit [Coaching Depot].
Digital destination board
Automated GPS based announcement triggers from PICCU using pre-recorded voice segments regarding speed of train, next station name, distance remaining, expected time of arrival, delay and safety messages.
WI-FI infotainment system& emergency talkback
Passengers can view Movies, Songs, Videos, Play Games and also view journey progression on their handhelds using mobile based Application.
Further improvements planned in Version 2.0
i) HVACItem being proposed are HEPA filter Clogged filter indicator, Air quality index Particulate pollution PM 10, PM 2.5CO2, SO2 level monitoring, Electrostatic filter, UV filter power consumption compressor cycle monitoring Fresh air monitoring.ii) Video analytics with face detection feature & unusual occurrence feature.Fire and smoke detection unit with integration to PICCU, PA/PIS system for emergency evacuation.iii) Energy metering module to measure the energy consumption of coach.iv) Integration of WSP of M/s Knorr and M/s Faiveley.v) Toilet occupancy status.vi) Logging of passenger's need/complaint.