To check faults in trains, Railway develops Robot USTAAD - TNBCLive

With the aim to make trains more safe by eliminating human errors, Central Railway has developed an AI-powered robot that would click pictures and record videos of under-gears of trains and forward them to engineers for repairs and maintenance.

The mechanical branch of Nagpur divisions’ Central Railway has developed the robot named USTAAD (Undergear Surveillance Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid), which will examine parts of the coach in real time with an HD camera and transmit them using WiFi.

Central Railway spokesman Sunil Udasi said that “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.”

Mr. Udasi continued that “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 the chances of human error.”

With the help of Robot USTAAD, engineers can easily see and evaluate the areas, which are hard to see and approach such as narrow or cramped spaces between under-gear parts, added Mr. Udasi.

Railway Ministry now considers using Robot USTAAD across the zones, which is once tested more minutely, added the official.

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