CRIS organize ‘Tech Talk’ on ‘Building Digitized Indian Railways’ at Secunderabad

SECUNDERABAD: The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) organized a Technical Talk on ‘Building Digitized Indian Railway- a sneak preview’ to find solutions to build a Digitalized Railways with the inputs of experiences and knowledge of Railway personnel today i.e., 13th December, 2017 at Rail Nilayam Auditorium. John Thomas, Additional General Manager, South Central Railway was the Chief Guest on this occasion. M. Ravi Babu, Regional General Manger, CRIS, Secunderabad co-ordinated the program.

John Thomas, Additional General Manager, South Central Railway addressing the seminar

Speaking on the occasion, John Thomas, Additional General Manager opined that Railways need to develop a foolproof system to predict unsafe incidents before it actually happens with the help of advanced technology and research studies. He said that technology prediction with regard to asset failure is limited on Indian Railways where as foreign railway systems have advanced with continuous research and analysis.

Simulation & Optimization would help to improve maximum utilization of assets he added. He appreciated the team from IIT Bombay who has taken complex subject like traffic bottlenecks on Indian Railways as their research subject.

Earlier, M.Ravi Babu, Regional General Manger, CRIS welcomed the gathering and explained the genesis and journey of CRIS from standalone system to huge gigantic network today which is handling 49 million transactions per day. He also said that today CRIS touches all the departments and provides in-house e-solution for Indian Railways.

Ravi Babu stated that CRIS is a non-profit organization which works under Ministry of Railways and it taken up application development, maintenance and runs mission critical enterprise for Indian Railways.

Narayan Rangaraj, Professor & Head of the Department, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, IIT Bombay have delivered an extensive insight into simulation and optimization of Rail traffic, at junctions and congested routes, and optimal allowance time, computation. Presented insight into a simulator designed for effective track utilization with perspective planning for optimized dynamic load distribution, on a route. A brief in-sight into facility management for operational efficiency was explained.

The research areas by IIT Bombay like Railway Operations Management, Optimization, Logistics and Supply Chain Management (including pricing / revenue Management) which will be helpful for Indian Railways to optimize the rail traffic and revenue. Later, he elaborated on the Case Study of rail operations management of Luknow Division and discussed about possible optimization plans.

R K Rajeev of Wipro systems has explicitly presented the concept and implementation of Internet of Things (IoT), for managing un-manned level crossings, scheduling of trains, optimal track utilization for Indian Railways.

Madhusudana Rao, Principal Chief Operations Manager, M G Sekharam, Principal Chief Commercial Manager and other Heads of the Departments and employees participated in large number.