dmrc: DMRC launches first prototype locally developed driver training system

Delhi Metro on Monday launched the first prototype of an Indigenous Rolling Stock Driver Training System (RSDTS), a major step towards indigenizing the technologies involved in operating the network, officials said. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, in association with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), has also demonstrated the operation of a Super Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, which is being developed as an equipment monitoring system and assets to “streamline maintenance periodicity, labor requirements, and spare parts management,” the DMRC said.

Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary and DMRC Chairman Durga Shanker Mishra launched the RSDTS and also witnessed a demonstration of the Super-SCADA system attended by DMRC MD Mangu Singh and others senior officials from DMRC and BEL, Delhi Metro said in a statement.

In line with the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, DMRC and BEL had signed a Memorandum of Understanding in September last year with the aim of developing the RSDTS which will be useful for the training of train drivers. metro and railway. This system will also be used to assess the driving skills of an active train driver, which is done periodically for safety reasons, he said.

It will be the first locally developed universal train driving simulator that can be suitably modified for any metro system or railway, Delhi Metro said.

Until now, this product was imported by DMRC from foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) at high cost. Furthermore, the designs available with the DMRC so far are suitable for use with a single type of rolling stock and signaling and line profiles considered at the design stage. It is difficult and expensive to make changes at a later date, officials said.

The locally developed RSDTS allows the same basic software to be used to create different combinations of rolling stock, signaling and line profiles, simply by modifying the input data files, as well as minor hardware modifications in the control console. driving, if necessary. This will improve the flexibility of the training system and result in significant cost savings for DMRC, according to the statement.

The training system will have “far superior functionality” to what is available today. It will be scalable to meet future needs. This product will have utility in other subways and railways. Since the majority of metro organizations want to outsource the train driving activity, the easy availability of driving simulators will help create a large pool of skilled labor that could even meet global needs, he said. -he adds.

DMRC also has an ambitious plan to go digital for all of its maintenance needs. The work on the Super-SCADA system is an important step in this regard. Currently, several stand-alone solutions are already available at the equipment and system level, the officials said.

However, the DMRC wants to integrate them all through a digital platform. This will result in high system availability and low maintenance cost. To this end, DMRC signed another MoU with BEL in June this year for the local development of Super-SCADA, the statement said.

At present, three systems, namely Automatic Fare Collection (AFC), Elevators and Escalators, and Rolling Stock Wheel Monitoring System have been covered in Phase 1 of Super-SCADA development, officials said.

As part of this initiative, a decision support system for different levels of management is being developed, in addition to the transition to a predictive maintenance regime from the conventional periodic maintenance regime using artificial intelligence and machine learning. automatic, the statement said.

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