Drones to act as force multiplier for Indian Railways

NEW DELHI, Aug 19:
Indian Railways has introduced drone technology to strengthen railway security and act as a force multiplier.
Mumbai Division of Central Railway in Indian Railways has recently procured two Ninja UAVs for better security and surveillance in Railway areas like station premises, track sections, yards, and workshops.
A team of four staff of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Mumbai, has been trained for drone flying, surveillance and maintenance. Drone surveillance technology, which has emerged as an important and cost-effective tool for security surveillance over large areas with limited manpower, are capable of real-time tracking, video streaming and may be operated on Automatic Fail Safe Mode. In fact, impressed by the technology, Railway Protection Force (RPF) has acquired nine drones at a cost of Rs 31.87 lakh at South Eastern Railway, Central Railway, Modern Coaching Factory, Rae Bareli and South Western Railway.
Further, 17 more drones are proposed to be acquired in future at a cost of Rs 97.52 lakh. Nineteen RPF personnel have so far been trained in operation and maintenance of drones out of which four have received licenses for flying drones. Six more RPF personnel are being trained. (PTI)


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