Indian Railways, one of the largest railway networks in the world, is set to undergo a massive transformation with the use of cutting-edge technology. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has emphasized the importance of utilizing modern innovations and technologies, specifically Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Quantum computing, to modernize the country’s transport system.
Speaking at a technical seminar for the Ministry of Railways, Vaishnaw stated that the government is focused on utilizing “cutting-edge technology to advance the country’s transport system.” He also emphasized the need to investigate the possibilities of integrating data analytics to transform the railway network.
The seminar, hosted at the National Rail Museum in New Delhi’s Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS), was attended by senior railroad board officers, divisional and zonal railroads, and business associates.
Under the Real Time Train Information System (RTIS) project, the CRIS and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have worked together to track trains in real-time. This project will make it easier for passengers and the national transporter to find trains. Additionally, Indian Railways is equipping trains with IoT devices based on satcom and satnav.
The use of data analytics will be essential for various operations of Indian Railways. It will enhance maintenance, increase train schedule effectiveness, and lower operating expenses. By analyzing data, the railways can reduce congestion and minimize delays, predict the demand for trains, and plan to provide adequate resources. The technology will allow Indian Railways to determine the busiest routes and better plan intermodal transportation to ensure effective and seamless transportation services.
Vaishnaw further stated that the government’s objective is “clear focus, intent, flexibility, open-mindedness, and a sense of purpose.
Indian Railways’ use of AI and quantum computing is part of a larger global trend to modernize transportation systems. According to a report by McKinsey, investments in smart mobility technologies could reach $1.5 trillion by 2030, with the potential to reduce transportation-related deaths and injuries by up to 90%.
The implementation of these new technologies will not only improve transportation efficiency but also enhance the passenger experience. The railways will be able to offer better services by determining the busiest routes, planning intermodal transportation, and predicting train demand.
Indian Railways has already made significant strides in modernizing its operations, and the use of AI and quantum computing will take it to the next level. An interesting fact about Indian railways is that it operates the longest non-stop train in the world. The Vivek Express, which runs from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, covers a distance of 4,273 km and takes around 82 hours to complete the journey. The train passes through eight Indian states and offers a glimpse into the diverse culture and landscape of India. The train has a total of 50 coaches and offers different classes of accommodation, including sleeper class and air-conditioned coaches. This train is a popular choice among travelers who want to explore India and experience its cultural diversity.