Railway introduces passenger-friendly technology in MEMU trains

Making the mundane journey more interesting for the daily commuters and other passengers boarding the MEMU trains, Western Railway (WR) authorities have put on track bogies with infotainment facilities onboard.

To begin with, WR authorities introduced the Passenger Information System (PIS) system, which is designed to provide information regarding the next stopping station.

Senior WR officials, Vadodara Division introduced the 12-rake train on Tuesday.

The PIS system will help passengers inside the MEMU trains know their de-boarding station in advance.

"At the moment we have got sanction for two rakes. The facility has been installed in one of the rakes. But gradually it will be installed in rest of the coaches in 13 different MEMU trains which are plying between different destinations," said a spokesperson at WR, Vadodara Division.

This system consists of display units, wherein the name of the next stopping station is displayed after it is automatically updated through the GPS tracking system. The date, time and advertisements will also be displayed through this system.

Similarly, the Public Address System (PAS) on MEMU trains will provide a medium of informing passengers about the next stopping train and the direction towards which it is heading.

"This system will help in communicating with the passengers in case of any eventuality such as accident, fire, natural calamity or change in schedule. It provides intercommunication between the motorman and the guard in MEMU trains during the run," said WR, Vadodara Divisional Railway Manager Suhas Kumar.

She added that the system comes with amplifier and speaker units fitted inside the MEMU coaches.

Informing about yet another facility for the commuters, an official said: "We have introduced the Head Code system which consists of a display unit wherein the name of destination station is displayed. In simple terms, the trains will incorporate the same system one finds in state transport buses that inform passengers about the origin and destination of the buses. Through this system the passenger can select the train as per their destination, and it will be installed in all the 13 MEMU trains."

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