NFR to deploy digital techniques for enhancing safety

The Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) is deploying digital technology to increase safety. It has introduced an artificial intelligence based surveillance mechanism in elephant corridors to prevent elephant deaths due to train hits. The NFR recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with RailTel Corporation of India Limited, for installation of Intrusion Detection System (IDS) to avert train-elephant collision and have disaster mitigation measures. Meanwhile, the zonal railways is also working on an artificial intelligence-based device that would be able to read the blinking eyes of drivers and alert them or stop the train in case they are feeling sleepy, according to sources. The device, Railway Driver Assistance System (RDAS), will not only sound an alert but also apply emergency brakes in case a driver loses alertness for a certain period of time. RDAS will be interfaced with a vigilance control device to apply emergency brakes.