IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Roorkee is now developing drones for the Indian Railways which can monitor rail tracks.
According to the reports, under an initiative of the telecom industry and the railways, Indian IIT Roorkee has developed the drones which are currently being tested on the tracks around the Uttarakhand town. IIT-Roorkee is considering seeking a patent for this technology.
Anurag Vibhuti, deputy director of TCOE India said, “The Indian Railways is in the advanced stages of considering deploying unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor rail tracks using the technology developed by IIT-Roorkee,” said
TCOE (Telecom Centres of Excellence) is a public-private initiative in the telecom sector that works with the academia on new technologies. Under this initiative, the railways’ broadband services arm, RailTel Corporation, has partnered IIT-Roorkee to develop the drones that will help automate rail track monitoring, which currently is a labour-intensive process.
The plan is for the drone to work alongside and may eventually replace the conventional system of physical labour, which is a risky and tough job.
Use of drones to monitor tracks and modern technologies to analyse the data they capture is expected to reduce the chances of error.