Union Minister Smt Darshana Jardosh inaugurates IRSE International Convention on Digital Transformation of Railways

Convention would focus on aspects like Modern Command and Control Signalling systems

The IRSE International Railway Convention 2023 opened at the state-of-the-art Manekshaw Centre in Delhi Cantt yesterday, with an extremely positive response from all the Railway Zones and industry players. The 3-day Convention and Exhibition on Digital Transformation of Railways – Train to Track and Operation to Maintenance conforming to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Modernisation of Indian Railways is being organised jointly by IRSE Bharat Section and IRSTE, under the aegis of the Ministry of Railway, Government of India.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by the presence of the Union Minister of State for Railways & Textiles Smt Darshana Jardosh, Chairman & CEO of Railway Board Smt. Jaya Varma Sinha, Advisor to Minister of Railway Sh. Arun Saxena, Head of Cybersecurity in PMO Lt. Gen. M U Nair, Chairman IRSE Bharat Section Sh. A K Misra, Secretary IRSE Bharat Section Sh. Anshul Gupta, His Excellency Ambassador of Vietnam in India Mr Nguyen Thanh Hai, Director IIT Roorkee Prof K K Pant and a large number of Dignitaries, Luminaries, Diplomats, Captains of the Industry, Premium Academic Institutions, Trade and business Associations, Senior Government Officials and Business Delegations from India and across the world.

The Digital Transformation of Railways has become an extremely important part of infrastructure modernisation. This endeavour shall not only catapult Indian railways into a developed railway but also generate several opportunities for industry to become a partner in this new vision of New India New Railways, for improving efficiency, creating capacity, improving productivity and most importantly enhancing Safety.

This Convention would focus on aspects like Modern Command and Control Signalling systems that enable train operations at higher speeds, which helps in creating additional line capacity and improves service quality and systems like LTE (4G/5G) band Kavach, CBTC etc. thereby increasing the safety in train operations.

Addressing the August gathering, Smt Darshana Jardosh said, “In our childhood, we used to be fascinated by Signal Cabins, where cabin men used to pull levers to operate semaphore signals. Now, this fascination has grown to a new dimension, where under KAVACH implementation not only safety feature of Signal Passed at Danger be taken care of, but we shall first time have an indigenous Automatic Train Protection System fully integrated with an indigenously developed LTE/ 5G systems. Mechanical cabins to modern intelligent and user-friendly Centralised Traffic Control Centres (CTC), shall control and manage train control covering a number of stations from a single location fully powered by AI.

It also provides a real-time simulation of railway traffic centrally helping in real-time traffic planning for punctual train operations. Controllers can manage train movements directly from the CTC centre on real real-time basis. I am happy to state that the Indian Industry has been successful in developing KAVACH, CTC and TMS systems indigenously – a big Example of Atma Nirbhar Bharat. Once all the sections are equipped with KAVACH, CTC, it shall help in improving safety, throughout and reduce operational costs.”

Apart from the Technical Sessions by experts from India and abroad, there would be an Exhibition with a number of Booths displaying various innovative services, products and solutions created by the Industry for the Digitisation and Modernisation of Railways. More than 50 Exhibitors from across the globe will be participating in this mega convention.

A lot of sponsors and partners have expressed their solidarity with this International Railway Convention being organised specifically for the modernisation and digital transformation of Railways.

Disclaimer: This is an official press release by Pib.

Digpu News Staff

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