LED Screens at MMTS Stations - The New Indian Express

LED Screens at MMTS Stations

Published: 08th December 2013 08:00 AM

Last Updated: 08th December 2013 08:00 AM

The South Central Railway (SCR) went hi-tech with the establishment of a modern, high-end LED passenger information display system on the platforms at all the Multi Modal Transportation (MMTS) stations in the twin cities.

The automated self-intelligent system enhances passenger convenience with useful information on real-time basis on a host of issues related to passengers waiting on station platforms.

The latest passenger information display system on the platforms is meant to provide customer-friendly service delivery mechanisms towards enhancing passengers’ railway experience. SCR chief public relations officer, K Sambasiva Rao, informed that the current position of running of trains is an important data input that needs to be conveyed on a real-time basis to passengers on platforms.

As hundreds of passengers gather at a time on platforms to board trains during peak hours, it is practically difficult to satisfy their enquiry needs through manual counters. To handle such situations, universal train information display boards have been provided in a big way at all major stations.

However, keeping in view the needs of suburban commuters on the MMTS system, advanced LED display monitors which provide real-time passenger related information have been recently set up on an outsourcing basis. The system design is based on Global Positioning System (GPS) and General Packet Radio System (GPRS) technologies. Presently, the SCR operates as many as 121 MMTS services on Falaknuma-Secunderabad, Hyderabad-Lingampalli routes (42 kms) in over 26 stations, ferrying around 1.5 lakh passengers on an average per day.

About 215 high-definition LED monitors have been set up at 69 platforms at all 26 MMTS stations. The GPS-based receptor module, which receives its latitude and longitude co-ordinates from satellite is fixed in each motor car in all MMTS trains.

This device encrypts, processes and transmits information on train number, route, current location, etc to a main server using GPRS. No manual intervention is required for any input. An external main server receives and analyses this encrypted data, decrypts and sends out information to local servers installed at stations.

The local server at a particular station feeds the relevant information to display monitors positioned on the platforms. These monitors display the current location of the next three MMTS trains that are scheduled to arrive at a particular station from either direction. The train number, route, live status of the train and the expected arrivals, delays, etc at that station will be displayed for the next three trains in sequence in English, Hindi and Telugu.

This system can be used for displaying useful information on the other regular express and passenger trains (non-MMTS) also, such as their expected time, delays and platform number at major stations in Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Begumpet, Kacheguda, Lingampalli and Falaknuma.

In addition, this system automatically triggers public announcements in three languages on the next expected trains at that station. The auto announcements for MMTS trains are given five minutes before and again two minutes before the arrival of the train for alerting passengers. 

Such live tracking of all MMTS trains and display of station-specific information in a passenger-friendly format and auto announcements will be of immense help to the passengers as they get updated on the status of trains on a real-time basis, obviating the need for any enquiry on this. The display services as mentioned above will be available from 4 am to 11.59 pm. daily.

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