New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): As a major step towards indigenizing the technologies involved in operating the Metro, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in association with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) today launched the first prototype of an indigenous Rolling Stock Driver Training System (RSDTS) and also demonstrated the 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 maintenance periodicity, manpower requirement and spares management.
Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Chairman, DMRC launched the Rolling Stock Driver Training System (RSDTS) and also watched the demonstration of the Super – SCADA system in the presence of DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh and other senior officials from DMRC and BEL.
In pursuance of the Government of India’s “Make in India” initiative, DMRC and BEL had signed a MoU in September last year with the objective to develop the RSDTS which will be useful for training drivers of Metro/ Railway trains. This system will also be used for evaluating the driving skills of a working Train Operator, which is done periodically for safety considerations. This will be the first indigenously developed universal train driving simulator that can be suitably modified for any Metro system or Railways.
So far, this product was being imported by DMRC from foreign OEMs, at a high cost. Also, the designs available with DMRC so far are suitable for use with a single type of rolling stock, and signalling and line profiles envisaged at design stage. It is difficult and cost prohibitive to make any changes at a later date. The RSDTS being developed indigenously has the facility of the same core software to be utilized for creating different combinations of rolling stock, signaling and line profiles, by merely changing the input data files, along with minor hardware changes in the driving desk, if so required. This will enhance the flexibility of the training system and would result in major cost saving for DMRC, as the same system can be used for multiple stocks and different routes.
The training system developed will have far superior features than those available today. It will be scalable to meet future requirements. This product will have utility in other Metros and Railways. Since, majority of Metro organisations wish to outsource train driving activity, easy availability of driving simulators will help create a large pool of skilled manpower, who may even feed the global requirement.
DMRC also has an ambitious plan to go digital for all its maintenance needs. The work on the Super SCADA system is an important step in this regard. At present, several standalone solutions are already available at the equipment and system level. However, DMRC desires to integrate all of them through a digital platform. This will result in high uptime of the systems and low maintenance cost. With this aim, DMRC had signed another MoU with BEL in June earlier this year for indigenous development of Super-SCADA.
At present, three systems, namely Automatic Fare Collection, Lifts and Escalators, and Wheel Monitoring System of rolling stock have been covered in Phase-1 of the development of Super - SCADA. As part of this initiative, a decision support system for various levels of management is being developed besides transition towards a predictive maintenance regime from the conventional periodic maintenance regime using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.