Saturday, November 20, 2010
Global Positioning System
A Global Positioning System (GPS) based fog safe device has been developed which displays name of approaching signs and other critical landmarks in advance even during poor visibility condition. It is expected to help reduce stress on Loco Pilots while running trains in foggy weather. It also indicates that a signal post is approaching, though it can not indicate the aspect (Red, Yellow and Green). The cost of each device is approximately Rs. 36,000.
It is proposed to provide about 1458 units for Indian Railways. Such devices are portable devices which would be carried by the Loco Pilots and put in the loco cabs at the start of the journey and would be removed and carried back with him when he leaves the locomotive after completion of his duty.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways, Shri E. Ahamed in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.