Ninja drones to guard rail belongings


New Delhi, August 18

he Railways has procured Ninja unmanned aerial autos for monitoring its belongings and guarantee security for passengers, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has mentioned. 

The Mumbai Division of Central Railway has lately procured two Ninja UAVs for higher safety and surveillance in railway areas like station premises, railway observe sections, yards, workshops. 

“Eye in the Sky: Improving Surveillance System, Railways has recently procured Ninja Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. With real-time tracking, video streaming & automatic failsafe mode, the drones will enhance monitoring of the railway assets and ensure additional safety for passengers,” Goyal mentioned in a tweet.

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has deliberate intensive use of drones for the aim of railway safety, an announcement from the ministry mentioned.

Nine drones have been procured by RPF to this point at a value of Rs 31.87 Lakh at South Eastern Railway, Central Railway, Modern Coaching Factory, Raebareilli and South Western Railway, it mentioned.

It is additional proposed to obtain 17 extra drones in future at a value of Rs 97.52 Lakh. Nineteen RPF personnel have to this point been educated in operation and upkeep of drones out of which 4 have acquired licenses for flying drones. Six extra RPF personnel are being educated, the ministry mentioned.

The goal of the drone deployment is to supply a drive multiplier and support the deployed safety personnel, it mentioned.

While it will possibly assist in inspection of Railway belongings and security of yards, workshops, automotive sheds, it can be used to launch surveillance on legal and anti-social actions like playing, throwing of rubbish, hawking in railway premises, it added.

“It may be deployed for data collection, analysis of such data collected may prove to be extremely useful in vulnerable sections for safe operations of trains. The drone may be pressed in service at disaster sites for helping in rescue, recovery and restoration and coordinating of efforts of various agencies,” the ministry mentioned.

“It is very useful while undertaking mapping of railway asset to assess the encroachments on railway property. During large scale crowd management efforts, it may give vital inputs like crowd magnitude, probable time of arrival and dispersal based on which crowd regulation efforts may be planned and executed,” the assertion mentioned. “Drones were used to enforce lockdown and monitor the movement of migrants during the COVID-19 lockdown,” it mentioned. 

A drone digicam can cowl massive areas that require 8-10 RPF personnel. Thus, it might result in substantial enchancment in utilisation of scarce manpower. 

Drone beats have been designed primarily based on railway asset, sensitivity of space, exercise of criminals. Any suspicious exercise if seen is intimated to the closest RPF put up of division to apprehend the legal dwell.

One such legal was apprehended on an actual time foundation in Wadibunder Yard space whereas he was attempting to commit theft inside railway coach stationed within the yard, the Railways mentioned. PTI



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