To make trains increasingly safe by wiping out human mistakes, Central Railway has built up an AI-controlled robot which would click pictures and record videos of the under-apparatuses of trains and send them to engineers for fixes and support.
One such development is USTAAD (Undergear Surveillance Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid), an AI-controlled robot, created by Central Railways Nagpur division, which looks at the underbelly of the mentor continuously with an HD camera and transmits them over WiFi.
“It captures video and still photographs of the under-gear parts of the coaches in real time and transmit them over WiFi. The engineers can see these videos on the big screen as well as record them. The camera of the robot can be rotated in any direction as per command given by the engineers,” Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi said.
“He can also zoom on the spot in case of any doubt. It is equipped with LED flood light and able to capture the videos in low light as well as in dark mode. By use of this robot the chances of a mistake and any deficiency overlooked by human eye can be eliminated thus reducing chances of human error,” he added.
With the assistance of USTAAD, engineers can undoubtedly observe and look at regions which are difficult to see and difficult to approach, for example, confined or slender spaces between under-equip parts.
The Railways is additionally conveying aircraft like black boxes to transfer data from rail coaches and turn away incidents.