Aug 30: Indian Railways has just rolled out its first ever SMART coach that comes with enhanced features to up the comfort and safety of passengers. The SMART coach has been manufactured by railways at its Modern Coach Factory in Rae Bareli.
Built on the modern LHB-platform, the SMART coach comes with several modern sensors that would be constantly monitored by a centralised computer called PICCU, which is the short for Passenger Information and Coach Computing Unit.
The industrial grade computer will monitor four important areas of coach maintenance and passenger interface which are security and surveillance, passenger information system, coach diagnostics, and sub-system management. The latter will take care of the interface control of sub-systems like air conditioning, fire detection and alarm system, disc brake system and water level indicator.
With centralised computer onboard, railways will also be able to execute predictive maintenance on the new coaches instead of preventive maintenance. Various things including the health of the coach, diagnosis, and surveillance will be handled by this system.
Sensors used will be self-power harvesting type with the ability to sense and respond to vibrations. These will be used to predict all sorts of defects on areas like wheels, bearings, tracks etc. This will also help railways to plan maintenance as required.
As for the passengers, the SMART coach will have all sorts of amenities and facilities like GPS-based destination board, AI-backed CCTV system, Wi-Fi hotspot facility, etc.
The first SMART coach was tested by Aswani Lohani, Chairman of Railway Board. Railways will be rolling out 100 new SMART coaches in the coming days.