Indian railways would soon have a radar-based device that will alert train drivers of any physical obstruction that is ahead on the tracks.
With this, the Indian Railways is hoping to avert accidents, especially during nights and foggy conditions, in situations when drivers have to constantly look outside the locomotive to assess the condition ahead.
Looking at the situation, the Indian Railways might equip a ‘third eye’ which will help in averting train collisions, derailment and accidents on unusually unmanned railway crossings.
This ‘Third Eye’ or the ‘Terrain Imaging for Diesel Drivers – Infra-red Enhanced Optical and radar assisted’ (Tri-netra) equipment will provide the driver with Infra Red images.
The system may be procured from foreign agencies, and as many as six countries so far have expressed desire to install them in Indian trains.
According to reports this list include France, Japan and Switzerland, who, under the pilot project, have at present expressed desire to install these devices on 100 locomotives and then gradually add it to more trains depending on success of the system.
The device will send infra-red signals up to a distance of 2-3 km, thus giving the driver ample time to stop the train.