NF Railway uses Net, GSM to save energy

The North East Frontier Railway has started using the internet and mobile phone technology GSM based system for running water pumps to save power and also distributed energy saving bulbs among its employees.

Last Updated: Sep 01, 2010, 22:36 PM IST

Guwahati: The North East Frontier Railway has
started using the internet and mobile phone technology GSM
based system for running water pumps to save power and also
distributed energy saving bulbs among its employees.

The pumps have been attached with a GSM based unit and
these could be switched on or off through the internet from
any part of the world either directly or on a scheduled
programme, N-F Railway officials said today.

If the system is scheduled to run a pump for an hour,
and, due to some reason, the water supply goes off in the
middle of it, the pump will automatically run for the
remaining time of schedule whenever the supply is restored.

Besides saving manpower and electrical energy, another
important aspect of the remote operation system is to be able
to monitor every 15 minutes the parametres like running hour,
voltage, current drawn etc.

These parameters would be saved automatically in a file
in the internet and can be seen any time for analysis,
they said.

If any abnormality occurs in the system, an alert in the
form of an SMS would be sent automatically to the person
concerned so that prompt corrective action can be taken.

The system has been installed at four stations of Rangiya
division -- Tezpur, Tangla, Majbat and Rangajuli.

To save electricity and thereby reduce carbon emission,
the NF Railway has distributed 1.5 lakh Compact Fluorescent
Lights (CFL) bulbs among its employees for replacement of the
existing 60 and 40 watts bulbs.

This had resulted in achieving a five per cent energy
saving during the last three months, they added.

PTI