Loco pilot vision enhancement system: TRINETRA (Third Eye) for Indian Railways

Students of Indian Institute of Technology BHU, Varanasi, Anand Kumar K. S., Gurupadappa Motagi, Ravindran R won the award for research work of Loco pilot vision enhancement system: TRINETRA (Third Eye) for Indian Railways. She carried her project work under guidance of Prof. (Dr.) R. K. Saket.

Indian Railway provides the most important mode of public transport in India. It is the most commonly used and cost effective long distance transport system of the country. Indian Railways is also helping Indian economy in many ways like by providing fast and reliable transport medium for various needy articles across the country. The railways are suffering revenue losses due to cancellation or late running of passenger trains as a result of foggy weather conditions especially in the northern India fog-prone regions. In last five years the Indian railways has lost in access of Indian rupees 1.5 lakh crores due to cancellation of trains, and delay in running trains. Considering its importance, this project work TRINETRA – the third eye to prevent railway accidents in India, has been researched and dedicated to Bharat Ratna Madan Mohan Malaviya Chair at IIT-BHU for railway research. It marks the centenary celebrations of Banaras Hindu University. TRINETRA is expanded as “Technological Research and Invention for National Empowerment of Trains to Reduce Accidents”. In Hindi, the word TRINETRA means ‘Third Eye’. Equipped with zoom able visual and thermal sensor TRINETRA will be fixed on the front portion of the engine (Loco-motive). It will effectively catch a long range view of the track and present it live on a mini screen (smart phone) fixed at the loco pilot’s cabin. They can see the long range of the track on screen. The sensor and screen will be interfaced through OTG or Wi-Fi. TRINETRA an indigenous camera system is an outcome of our efforts to address the current operational visibility issues faced by the loco pilots during odd weather conditions especially fog & rain.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, awarded the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Appreciation to Anand Kumar K. S., Gurupadappa Motagi, Ravindran R , Indian Institute of Technology BHU, Varanasi at the GYTI 2018 Awards function held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 19, 2018.

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