First prototype indigenous rolling stock driver training system launched in Delhi
New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): As a major step towards indigenizing the technologies involved in metro operation, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in association with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) today launched the first prototype of a rolling stock driver training (RSDTS) and also demonstrated the operation of a super-supervision, 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.
Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Chairperson of DMRC launched the Rolling Stock Driver Training System (RSDTS) and also witnessed the demonstration of the Super – SCADA system in the presence of the Managing Director of DMRC , Dr. Mangu Singh and other senior officials from DMRC and BEL.
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 metro train drivers. /railway. This system will also be used to assess the driving skills of an active train operator, which is done periodically for safety reasons. It will be the first locally developed universal train driving simulator that can be modified appropriately for any metro system or railway.
Until now, this product was imported by DMRC from foreign equipment manufacturers, at a high cost. Also, the designs available with DMRC so far are suitable for use with a single type of rolling stock, and the signaling and line profiles considered at the design stage. It is difficult and costly to make changes at a later date. The RSDTS under local development has the ability to use the same basic software to create different combinations of rolling stock, signaling and line profiles, simply by modifying the input data files, as well as hardware modifications minor damage in the driver’s desk, if necessary. . This will improve the flexibility of the training system and would result in significant savings for DMRC, as the same system can be used for multiple stocks and different routes.
The training system developed will have functionality far superior to those available today. It will be scalable to meet future needs. This product will be useful 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, which could even meet global needs.
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 equipment and system level. However, 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 had signed another MoU with BEL in June this year for the local development of Super-SCADA.
At present, three systems, namely automatic fare collection, elevators and escalators, and rolling stock wheel monitoring system, have been covered in phase 1 of Super – SCADA development. 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.