New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): In a major step towards indigenization of technologies involved in Metro operation, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in association with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) today launched the first prototype of indigenous Rolling Stock Driver Training System (RSDTS). And also performed. Functioning of a Super-Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, which is being developed as a monitoring system for equipment and assets to rationalize the periodicity of maintenance, manpower requirement and management of parts.
Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Chairman, DMRC, launched the Rolling Stock Driver Training System (RSDTS) and also witnessed the demonstration of the Super-SCADA system in the presence of Dr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC and Mr. Other senior officials of DMRC and BEL.
In pursuance of the “Make in India” initiative of the Government of India, DMRC and BEL had signed an MoU in September last year with an aim to develop RSDTS which would be useful for training drivers of Metro/Railway trains. This system will also be used for assessment of driving skills of a working train operator, which is done from time to time for safety reasons. This will be the first indigenously developed universal train driving simulator which can be suitably modified for any metro system or railways.
Till now, this product was being imported by DMRC from foreign OEMs at high cost. Also, the designs available so far with DMRC are suitable for use with a single type of rolling stock and with the signaling and line profiles envisaged at the design stage. Making any changes at a later date is difficult and cost prohibitive. The indigenously developed RSDTS features a single core software that can be used to create various combinations of rolling stock, signaling and line profiles by changing only the input data files, minor hardware changes to the driving desk. with, if necessary. This will increase the flexibility of the training system and result in huge cost savings for DMRC, as the same system can be used for multiple stocks and different routes.
The developed training system will have far better features than what is available today. It will be scalable to meet future requirements. This product will have utility in other metro and railways. Since, most of the metro organizations want to outsource train driving activity, easy availability of driving simulators will help in creating a huge pool of skilled manpower, which can also meet the global requirement.
DMRC also has ambitious plans to go digital for all its maintenance needs. Work on Super SCADA system is an important step in this regard. Currently, many standalone solutions are already available at the equipment and system level. However, DMRC wants to integrate them all through a single digital platform. This will result in higher uptime of the system and lower maintenance cost. With this objective, DMRC signed another MoU with BEL in June this year for indigenous development of Super-SCADA.
Presently, Phase-I of development of Super-SCADA consists of three systems namely Automatic Fare Collection, Lift and Escalator, and Wheel Monitoring System of Rolling Stock. As part of this initiative, a decision support system is being developed for different levels of management in addition to the transition from the traditional periodic maintenance regime to the predictive maintenance regime using artificial intelligence and machine learning.