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My View: We Are Just Students but We Have a Bunch of Ideas to Make Indian Train Journeys Safer

Several accidents take place on railway tracks in India. People fall off running trains, trip and fall while trying to get off a moving train, face unfortunate consequences while crossing tracks, and more. The loss of numerous lives motivated Harshul Balani to come up with an idea to overcoming the issue.

My View: We Are Just Students but We Have a Bunch of Ideas to Make Indian Train Journeys Safer

Several accidents take place on railway tracks in India. People fall while trying to get off moving trains, get run over while crossing tracks, and sometimes face unfortunate consequences at unmanned railway crossings. My friends and I have come up with an idea that could help save many lives in these circumstances. We have created a prototype of an innovative system that can improve safety near tracks. I have also spoken with some railways officials in Jaipur and Ajmer about it.

This system avoids manual errors by using automation for efficient operation of safety systems.

Railways India

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Here is a look at some of the basic modules and features:

1. Railway Crossing Safety System:

Railway Crossing

The prototype includes a system in which a sensor can be placed at some distance from the railway crossing so that it can detect an approaching train even when it is 10 km away from the crossing. The sensor will send wireless signals to the railway crossing and an alarm will alert people about the coming train.  An LCD segment display will also be installed at the crossing to initiate the approximate count-down through a timing circuit, ensuring safety no matter if the crossing is manned or unmanned.

2.Railway Platform Safety Hurdle System:

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We have heard of many accidents that take place when passengers try to catch a moving train or to get off one, and when they cross tracks to avoid going up the overhead bridge. These accidents happen mainly due to the carelessness of passengers. Hence, for enhancing safety procedures, the platform in this prototype has been designed in a way that it will not be parallel to the track.

3. Derailment prevention mechanism:

Railway Crossing 2

The prototype has an application to detect possible cracks or breakage in rail lines. The system will send warning signals to the nearest railway authorities so that immediate action can be taken.

– Harshul Balani

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About the author: Harshul Balani is an Engineering student and technocrat who has just completed his undergrad. He is into making innovative projects that have patents and research publication. He is looking forward to fill the loopholes of the current systems which run the world through various such innovations.

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