Railways to tag 3.5 lakh wagons and coaches for better management

NEW DELHI: It will install radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on all 3.5 lakh wagons and wagons to track its location and for better management in April 2021, said a senior rail ministry official. RFID readers that are configured on the network can read labels even when trains are accelerating to 180 kmph.

Officials said that so far approximately 22,000 wagons and 1,200 trainers have been equipped with RFID tags, which meet the standard, and the pilot has succeeded. In addition, approximately 3,500 fixed RFID readers are expected to appear with a central control center using the LLRP (low level reader protocol) standard of the GS1 barcode, said the member (rolling stock) of the railway board.

The complete solution includes the integration of RFID readers with various equipment, such as train presence detectors (TPD) and ground condition monitoring equipment. The combination of all these will allow an early identification of the rolling stock that may need maintenance. Authorities said this will allow a paradigm shift in Indian Railways in its movement to improve the reliability of its rolling stock, moving from a predominantly time-based maintenance methodology to condition-based maintenance.

Operational advantages in terms of improved availability and reliability of rolling stock will affect each and every Indian Railways customer.