The Western Railway has established a Loco Inspection System based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Trip Shed, Bandra Terminus, Mumbai division.
Previously, loco inspection was done manually, which was time consuming and took hours. However, the AI system will assist in completing the examination in a matter of minutes.
According to officials, the AI system will aid in increasing efficiency, improving loco engine maintenance, and reducing loco outages. From December 18, 2021, the system will be in use at Trip Shed, Bandra Terminus, and will be capable of inspecting the sidewalls, underframe, and roof of the loco train. It will be able to detect loose parts, hanging parts, wheel profile, foreign particles, carbon strip defects, broken roof insulators, brake block thickness, cattle guard defects, primary spring cracks, and other issues with the loco, as well as raise alarms for proper intervention in the event of an emergency.
During an emergency, the system will sound an alarm so that appropriate action can be taken. A 3D camera, 2D camera, thermal camera, LIDARs, edge processors, sliding arms, access points, and other components are used in the technology… The newly deployed AI-based Locomotive Inspection System has improved locomotive outage and increased pit availability.
It also has the capability of inspecting the sides, underframe, and roof of the loco train. Apart from that, it is said to be able to detect loose and dangling parts, as well as assess axle box temperatures.
It may also check for things like wheel profile, foreign particles, brake block thickness, cattle guard faults, and primary spring cracks, among other things. According to reports, it will also sound the alarms for timely assistance in the event of an emergency.
What is AI (Artificial Intelligence)?
In its most basic form, AI (artificial intelligence) refers to systems or machines that accomplish tasks by mimicking human intelligence and may iteratively improve itself based on the data they collect. AI comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Here are a few examples:
- Chatbots employ artificial intelligence (AI) to better comprehend client concerns and give more efficient responses.
- To improve scheduling, intelligent assistants employ AI to interpret crucial information from massive free-text datasets.
- Recommendation engines can make automated TV show recommendations based on a user’s viewing behaviour.
AI is more about the process and the ability to think faster and analyse data than it is about any certain structure or function. Although pictures of high-functioning, human-like robots taking over the globe conjure up images of AI taking over the world, AI isn’t meant to replace people. Its goal is to vastly improve human skills and contributions. As a result, it is a highly valued commercial asset.