To warn the train drivers of any danger or hazard on the track beforehand, Siemens Pakistan Engineering Company offered an automated signaling system to Pakistan Railways.
Representatives of Siemens, Helmut von Struve, Managing Director, Siemens Pakistan Engineering Company Limited, and Marco Wagner, Regional Business Manager, visited Pakistan Railways headquarters office and met Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pakistan Railways, Advisor on Railways Anjum Parveiz and other relevant team members.
The German company which is the largest electronics manufacturing company in Europe offered the automated signaling system. Digital wireless transmission of video images of train approaching and leaving a level crossing would help the driver and staff to respond to any untoward situation timely.
The digital wireless system offered by the company is based on RFID technology, radiofrequency identification system where RFID tags would be installed on level crossings and receiver for the same would keep engine driver updated of the ground situation. The officers from signaling and electrical branch asked many questions relevant to its implementation in Pakistan Railways level crossings. Siemens Team replied in detail to all the questions asked during presentation. Advisor on Railways Anjum Parveiz in his remarks on this occasion said the level crossing safety is prime concern of the department at this point of time. As the train operations are increasing and are likely to escalate in future, Pakistan Railways needs to implement a better system that could warn both passersby and drivers at level crossings.
CEO Pakistan Railways Javed Anwar said this system would be a great aid to their staff and drivers. As they are moving toward the CPEC, a better digitized complete interlock system is part and parcel of the big project but to respond instantly to the accidents at level crossings a committee should hold meetings with the company and categorize the level crossings to find way out of the problem as earliest as possible.