India is going to be the first country which will use radar and laser-based terrain-imagining vision for monitoring obstruction on railway tracks.
Going by the name Tri-Netra, this system will check for obstacles and barriers along railway lines and tracks.
All events occurring on the tracks will be recorded on this device in order to carry out post-event analysis.
How will this help?
While driving, loco pilots (drivers) depend solely on visual clues and visual images besides signals, to prevent hindrances.
The objective of this technology is to prevent mishaps by warning the driver about potentially dangerous circumstances well in advance.
Visualising danger from a reasonable distance will provide the loco pilots sufficient time to apply the brakes and thereby prevent accidents.
According to sources, "The company will quote the price as there is no existing technology presently used anywhere in the world."
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