Northeast Frontier Railway working on device that can detect if a driver is drowsy based on blinking of eyes


PTI, Sep 10, 2023, 12:00 PM IST

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) is developing an artificial intelligence-based device that would be able to read the blinking eyes of drivers and alert them or stop the train in case they are feeling sleepy, according to sources.

In June, the Railway Board had asked the NFR to develop a device that could detect the alertness of train drivers on the basis of blinking of eyes.

The device — Railway Driver Assistance System (RDAS) — will not only sound an alert but also apply emergency brakes in case a driver loses alertness for a certain period of time. RDAS will be interfaced with a vigilance control device to apply emergency brakes, the sources said.

”The device is still in the development stage and trials are on to ensure its proper functioning. The technical team of the NFR is working on it. We hope that it will be ready in another few weeks,” a railway source told PTI.

On August 2, the Railway Board wrote to the NFR and asked it to expedite the in-house development of RDAS. It also said that once the device is ready, it will be fitted in 20 goods train engines (WAG9) and passenger train engines (WAP7) as a pilot project.

All the zones have also been asked to provide their feedback on the working of the system after using it so that further improvements can be made to it if needed.

The Indian Railway Loco Runningmen Organisation (IRLRO), however, dubbed the device a ”futile exercise”, saying that all fast-moving trains already have mechanisms to keep drivers alert.

”Every high-speed train engine comes with a foot-operated lever (pedal) which a driver needs to hit once every 60 seconds. In case, the driver fails to do so, emergency brakes are applied automatically and the train comes to a halt. The present system is good enough to ensure that the driver is alert,” said IRLRO working president Sanjay Pandhi.

”I believe RDAS is a futile exercise. If the railways is really serious about the safety of train operations, it should, among other things, conduct studies on aspects such as fatigue, running hours, facilities and rest hours of train drivers.

”In many cases, drivers, including women, do not get any breaks for having food or answering nature’s calls during their over 11-hour duty. If these things are well taken care of, there is no need to have any RADS in engines,” Pandhi said.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Heavy Rainfall: Red alert issued for 6 districts in Karnataka including DK and Udupi

Holding Pak responsible for terror not sufficient, need to go for self-introspection: Jitendra Singh

Assembly bypolls: INDIA bloc win big with 10 seats, BJP bags 2, Independent 1

India crush Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in 4th T20I, take unassailable 3-1 series lead

Satellite images suggest architectural wealth beneath Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya: Officials

Jammu & Kashmir political parties oppose Centre’s move to give more powers to Lt Guv

Rajnath Singh discharged from AIIMS

Related Articles More

Holding Pak responsible for terror not sufficient, need to go for self-introspection: Jitendra Singh

Teaching law in regional languages can improve access to legal system: CJI

Assembly bypolls: INDIA bloc win big with 10 seats, BJP bags 2, Independent 1

Eight crore new jobs in last 3 to 4 years: PM Modi

Modi govt’s betrayal of J-K continues: Cong on Centre vesting more powers in L-G

MUST WATCH

Elephant attack

Anant Ambani Wedding

BJP & Congress members clash

Aparna Vastarey

Kalaripayattu Meenakshi Amma


Latest Additions

Mangaluru: Minister Lakshmi Hebbalkar pays surprise visit to MSPC

Heavy Rainfall: Red alert issued for 6 districts in Karnataka including DK and Udupi

Holding Pak responsible for terror not sufficient, need to go for self-introspection: Jitendra Singh

Teaching law in regional languages can improve access to legal system: CJI

UP bride calls off wedding after guests argue over sitting in front of cooler

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.