Konkan Railway’s anti-collision device patented

April 25th, 2008 - 8:25 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) The Konkan Railway’s (KR) unique safety feature, the Anti-Collision Device (ACD), has been granted patent by China, Russia and Singapore. The ACD, designed by KR engineers, is a microprocessor-based equipment that prevents collision of train in mid-sections, station area and at level crossings.

The ACD is installed in locomotives of trains, guard vans, stations, and at level crossing gates. Since the device needs no manual input, it enhances safety in train operations, a KR spokesperson said here Friday.

The KR has applied for worldwide patents for this technology but was only granted it in India and South Africa.

The ACD was first commissioned on the Northeast Frontier Railway last year. It covers 1,924 broad gauge route km, 202 stations and 589 diesel locomotives, requiring a total of 1,508 ACD units.

Now the KR has submitted a proposal for providing ACD on South Central Railway, South Western Railway and Southern Railway, covering a total of 200 stations and more than 1,600 route km with 3,200 ACD units, the spokesperson said.

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