Railway patrolmen are posted at various points across the railway tracks that sprawl across the country. Know how advanced technologies are helping the government to ensure safe working conditions for these patrolmen.
Traveling by train is a beautiful adventure to many but there is a huge system of personnel behind the scenes to ensure that you have a safe and comfortable journey. If you’ve traveled by train, very often you can hear a weak whistle in the distance and a little glow amid dark tunnels. That’s when you’ve crossed a railway patrolman.
Railway patrolmen work for the engineering department at the Indian railways and are posted at various points across the railway tracks that sprawl across the country. They carry detonators, torches and other gear in their bags to help inspect or maintain the railway segments they are assigned with.
Patrolmen are paid on a monthly basis, according to the trips they carry out and the distance they cover. However, the local authorities found it challenging to determine the amount of work the patrolmen have undertaken. This is because they get most of their work done during the night, no matter how extreme the weather conditions could be.
The authorities couldn’t ascertain if their trips were carried out on foot or with the help of a vehicle and were looking for a tool to do real-time tracking. The local bodies also wanted to do something to ensure the safety of patrolmen who risk their lives to ensure the smooth transition of railway passengers every day.
We were approached by the concerned authorities to create state-of-the-art software that can help in tracking the patrolmen’s work. Since GPS-enabled devices are excellent systems that give real-time tracking information, we proposed high-quality software that can be used as a personal tracker for each patrolman.
This unique software could pull out all types of information required to effectively assess the amount of work put in by the patrolmen. It could track the number of trips taken, the distance covered, and the speed at which the distance was covered. If there were any accidents, the concerned authorities were alerted through the system.
We were overwhelmed by the response received after the launch of our software-equipped GPS trackers! Using the trackers, patrolmen could signal the authorities in case of any danger or unfortunate situations.
The trackers could generate the shortest possible estimated time of arrival. On receiving the signal, the authorities were able to send ambulances from nearby hospitals to the location and rescue the injured railway worker.
GPS trackers proved to be instrumental in reducing the number of accidents drastically after their launch and were lauded by the government as well. The trackers could also generate the data of the overall efforts put in by each patrolman and collate it in a system, which was used to calculate the wages easily.
Using the latest technology to create GPS-enabled trackers proved beneficial in improving the situation of railway workers. The collated data also helped in understanding how to respond to emergencies promptly and minimize them in the future.