Indian Railways to Track Wagons and Coaches with RFID Tags (Download PDF)

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Leveraging information technology in a big way, the Indian Railways is set to make use of the radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) for tracking of wagons, coaches and locomotives to ensure the effective and transparent functioning of the system.

Indian Railways to Track Wagons and Coaches with RFID tags

Indian Railways to Track Wagons and Coaches with RFID Tags

Indian Railways to Track Wagons and Coaches with RFID tags

Highlights:

  • Leveraging information technology in a big way, the public transporter has issued instructions for equipping all wagons with RFID tags to begin with
  • There are about 2.25 lakh wagons, 50, 000 coaches and 9, 000 locomotives in the railways
  • Railways have sanctioned Rs. 57 crore for the first phase of rollout of the system
  • The tag designed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) is estimated to cost Rs. 1000 per tag.
  • The first phase of implementation of this project, the Railways have sanctioned a sum of Rs. 57 crore.
  • RFID tags will help the railways in knowing the exact location of wagons, locomotives and coaches.
  • Such data at present is manually maintained and hence are prone to errors
  • The use of RFID tags, the railways plans to address the issue of shortage of wagons, locomotives and coaches in a more transparent and expeditious manner
  • RFID tags will be of significant use especially in freight maintenance management, locomotive management and coach maintenance management.

RFID Tags:

  • The RFID uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects
  • The tags contain electronically stored information.
  • Passive tags collect energy from a nearby RFID reader’s interrogating radio waves
  • Active tags have a local power source such as a battery and may operate at hundreds of meters from the RFID reader
 RFID System Work

RFID System Work

RFID System Work

RFID Components:

Image of RFID Components

Image of RFID Components

Image of RFID Components

- Published/Last Modified on: May 15, 2017

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