- DMCR develops in-house signalling technology
- The new technology is in line with the government’s “Make in India” initiative
- The i-ATS will play an important role in the sub-system of the signalling system
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has taken a quantum leap towards the development of an indigenously built signalling technology for metro trains in line with the government’s “Make in India” initiative.
As part of it, i-ATS, which is an important sub-system of the signalling system, was launched on Tuesday, said the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
In a statement, the DMRC said, “The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Engineers Day (September 15) today took a major step towards the development of an indigenously-built CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) based signalling technology for the metro railway with the launch of the i-ATS, which is an important sub-system of the signalling system,”.
ATS which stans for Automatic Train Supervision is a computer based system that will manage the operations of the trains. This system is crucial for the high density operations such as the metro service, where the services are scheduled every few minutes, it said.
The i-ATS is an in-house developed technology and will significantly reduce the dependency of the Indian metros on the overseas vendors which are dealing in such technologies, said the DMRC officials.
The technology systems such as the CBTC (Communications-Based Train Control) are primarily controlled by the European countries and Japan in Asia. As a part of the “Make in India” initiative by the Government of India, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has decided that it will indigenise the CBTC technology, said the statement.
DMRC has decided that it will use this indigenous ATS (i-ATS) while upgrading the ATS of line 1 (Red Line) i.e. from Rithala to Shaheed Sthal, Ghaziabad. The same shall also be used in Phase-IV, the DMRC said.
Some of the important features of this technology are:
1) i-ATS can work with Train Control and Signaling Systems of different suppliers
2) i-ATS can also work with different levels of technology of Train Control and Signalling Systems
3) i-ATS is also capable of its introduction in the Indian Railways which is now introducing Centralized Train control, on a large scale, which uses part of ATS functions
A Predictive Maintenance module shall also be introduced in the Phase IV corridors using the indigenous Automatic Train Supervision system, the statement said.