The Indian Railways has a plan to install digital clocks which are GPS based. These clocks will be installed across the country at all railway stations. This system will ensure the uniformity in timing.
These clocks will have the time-piece of same size in order to synchronize the time up to the second place, as told by a senior Railways Ministry official.
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Indian railways “The new design of the clock, which has been approved by the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO), will be bigger than the existing size,” the official said.
At present, there is a lack of uniformity in the timing display by the clocks. The clocks read different time from one platform to another even at the same railway station. The official said that the lack of uniformity in timing had caused problems for us. So is has been decided that there is a need to install GPS-based digital clocks at all platforms to have uniformity in timing.
At the same time to improve the visibility of time display, the new GPS-based clocks will be equipped with Light Emitting Diodes (LED).
The official also said that the aim of the Railway ministry is to increase its visibility with the use of LEDs and one can see the time from a distance of 100 meters at least by this technology use.
Two Japanese firms and one US-based company have been identified by the Railways for the procurement of LED for its platform clocks.
As told by the official the LED for all clocks numbering more than a thousand will be procured from these three firms only.
The country has about 7,300 stations, each with at least two plat forms. All these platforms would be installed with the clocks. This LED clock costs about Rs. 20,000 per piece and has a brand new look.
The trial of the GPS-based rolling stock tracking system called SIMRAN (Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation) has been successfully completed. Now the plan is to provide SIMRAN system on all the trains. This will completely revolutionize the information dissemination system of Indian Railways.
Currently the GPs system is being used to track trains for its location, speed, and direction of movement.
The official added that the GPS technology is being used to disseminate information, on real time basis about the running train so that the passengers and public can find necessary information from the display boards at stations and via Internet and at railway enquiry counters as well.