Konkan Railway gets patent for anti-collision device in US
Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd (KRCL) has been granted the anti-collision device (ACD) patent in the US for its ‘Track Identification System’(TIS) recently.
An official spokesman of KRCL told Business Line on Wednesday that this patent is in addition to the ACD patents that have already been granted to KRCL in India and abroad earlier. The same has been granted on June 1.
KRCL’s ACD network is capable of preventing head-on and rear-end collisions in mid-sections, collisions at high speed in the station area, side collisions with derailed vehicles obstructing adjacent line, collisions due to train parting/jumbling and collisions with road vehicles at level crossings.
This pilot project of ACD system, which was developed by KRCL, was commissioned in North-East Frontier Railway in June 2007.
The Ministry of Railways has now assigned the work of installation of ACD Network initially on other three Railways — South Western Railway, South Central Railway and Southern Railway.
The main functioning of TIS is to ensure that when a train fitted with ACD traverses a point and crossing zone of the station yard (from where it can switch from one track to another), the unique TIS residing in it will detect automatically whether the train has deviated to the other track or not.
KRCL has to its credit 18 patents granted for Sky Bus, ACD and TIS in India and abroad , added the spokesman.