All 3.5 lakh coaches, wagons to be RFID tagged by 2021

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Around 3,50,000 coaches and wagons of the Indian Railways will be RFID tagged and tracked by 2021 and the cost of the project will be around Rs 112 crore, a senior official said. The RFID project undertaken by CRIS, the IT arm of Indian Railways, can read data even at a speed of 182 kmph, he said.

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  • Shri Rajesh Agarwal, Member-Rolling Stock, Railway Board said till now approx 22,000 wagons and 1200 coaches have been fitted with Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags.
  • Additionally, roughly 3,500 fixed RFID readers are expected to come up which will communicate to a central control centre using GS1 barcode’s LLRP (Low Level Reader Protocol) standard, he said.
  • He said that this technology will help railways track each of its coaches and wagons as a result of which they can be suitably deployed in a timely manner wherever necessary.
  • The official said, “Not just the wagon number, the RFID tag will also provide all information about it, including its past history. This will reduce network congestion, avoid connectivity issues and better utilisation of assets.”
  • He said,”By 2021, all coaches and wagons will be RFID tagged.”

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