Why opting for Automatic railway crossing gate system is a smart choice.

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Indian Railways is one of the largest Railway networks of the world under a single administration that is Government of India. Railways of India have 64460 route Kilometres out of which 55189 KM is a broad gauge, and balance 14% is meter/narrow gauge. It has 7133 block stations, 53220 passenger coaches and 9213 locomotives. Indian Railways carry about 1000 million tonnes of freight traffic per year and around 23 million passengers per day. Indian Railways employ approximately 1.3 million staff in the 17 zonal railways and 69 Divisions. Indian Railways play a significant role in driving economic growth of the country, offering highly affordable, environment-friendly transportation to passengers and freight, especially bulk commodities, across the country.

There are 31846 level crossing gates on Indian Railways, out of which 18,316 are manned, and 13,530 are unmanned level crossing gates. These level railway crossing gates are not only the bottlenecks in Train Operation but also a major contributor to the accidents and fatalities. 109 rail accidents at unmanned railway crossing gate took place in the year 2014-15. Nearly 5,800 unmanned railway crossing gates are the keys cause of the rail accidents in India. On an average close to 1,600 unmanned railways crossing gate is removed every year, yet accidents at these points contribute to about 60% of the total mishap on the network. Accident at the unmanned crossing was more frequent in rural areas while crossing gates in cities are either eliminated or manned.

How does the Automatic Railway crossing gate system work?

Traditional railway crossing gates in India are opened and closed manually by gatekeepers. The information about the arrival of the train for opening or closing of the gate is received from the nearby station. But due to unmanned railway crossing gate, many railway accidents occur at these level crossings. To avoid the human intervention at level crossing completely, automatic railway crossing gate system is introduced. Automated railway crossing gate system works by detecting the train pressure with a pressure sensor placed on the tracks. The 1st pressure sensors placed on the longest distance from the gate will indicate warning sound on the road to slow down, further when the train passes and reaches the 2nd pressure sensor from the gate it will indicate red lights on the road to stop and at the time train reaches the 3rd pressure sensor the gates will get closed automatically. After the train is completely passed the pressure from the train is released from the sensors, and the gate will open automatically. The system deals with 2 things; firstly, it reduces the time for which the crossing gate is kept closed. And secondly to provide safety to the road users, resulting in fewer accidents. Also eliminates any further possibilities of human error.

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