Western Railway to install Black Box in local trains to improve audio-video communication

A total of 110 locals on the Western Line will get the new tetra-based Mobile Train Radio Communication System.

Local trains on the Western Line in Mumbai will receive image-video, audio recording systems and microphones, similar to black box-like software which will integrate services to the main control room. The system will operate on a tera-based radio signal, boosting real-time communication with motormen and passengers, circumventing the otherwise dominant erratic network issues. Besides iron-cladding the commuter safety, in case of emergencies, it will help to strengthen the co-ordination of the suburban railway network.

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CCTV cameras to be installed in Mumbai locals Mumabi Mirror

About 110 trains along the 124 km long Western Line from Churchgate to Dahanu Road will get new tetra-based Mobile Train Radio Communication System (MTRS). This will enable the zonal railway to keep a tab on the local services, generating real-time updates for the benefit of commuters. This new black box-like system will channel two-way communication between trains and control room, functioning as a broadcasting system as well.

As per reports, each train can be communicated with individually or a broadcast call can be made to all services from the central control. Group calls between specific or dynamic groups of trains will also be made possible with the new technology. This will be a great asset, in case of emergencies, where passengers can be prevented from jumping from trains and walking on tracks, with coincident announcements. Audio will also be recorded up to a 30-meter range from the camera systems.

Two cameras will be installed in the coaches of motormen and guards; a 0.4-megapixel camera on the inside and another, 2-megapixel on the outside. With IP 66 protection, this equipment will function day and night.The Chief PRO of the Western Railway also stated that this voice and video recording provision in the driving cab will help monitor and counsel train drivers for best output. These cameras will also have the zoom feature, read reports.

Western Railway local train during monsoon images.outlookindia.com

The MTRS has proven to be a handy tool in metro and monorail projects and now, local trains will also be able to transmit seamless communication. As of now, about 35 lakh passengers ferry on the western line each day and the new provision can work as a public-address system. Earlier, this was not possible as mobile network in unreliable due to frequent signal dropping. The PRO also stated that it will step-up the game during monsoon, when the network carriers are weak.

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