By Shri Pawan, ICF
RFID stands for Radio-Frequency IDentification.
Used for tracking the Wagons
The target of fitting RFID to all the Wagons in Indian Railways by December 2022.
CRIS - Nodal Agency
Covered so far - 23000 Wagons out of 3.5 Lakh Wagons
Currently, Indian Railway is maintained such data manually, which leaves scope for errors. Using RFID devices will be easier for the railways to know the exact position of all the wagons, locomotives, and coaches.
While the RFID tag will be fitted in the rolling stock, trackside readers will be installed at stations and key points along the tracks to read the tag from a distance of about two meters and transmit the wagon identity over a network to a central computer.
In this way, each moving wagon can be identified and its movement tracked.
With the introduction of RFID, the issue of shortage of wagons, locomotives, and coaches is expected to be addressed in a more transparent and expeditious manner.
Tags should be able to retain data for a period of 20 years or more.
MCQ or Key Takeaways
RFID stands for Radio Frequency IDentification
Target to fit RFID to all the Wagons in IR - December 2022
Total Number of Wagons in IR - 3.5 Lakhs (approx)