New Delhi: A robot named USTAAD has been developed by the mechanical branch of Central Railway‘s Nagpur division to click pictures and record videos of under-gear parts of the coaches in real time with an HD camera. After examining parts of the coach, the Undergear Surveillance Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid (USTAAD) would send the pictures and videos to the engineers for repair and maintenance purpose.

The Al-powered robot is designed to make trains more safe by eliminating human errors. The HD camera moves 320 degrees on X-axis and 130 degrees on the Y axis as per the command of the engineer to cover the maximum portion of under gear parts. Spokesperson of Central Railway Sunil Udasi reportedly said, “The engineers can see these videos on a big screen as well as record them. The camera of the robot can be rotated in any direction as per command given by the engineers. He can also zoom on the spot in case of any doubt.” The robot is equipped with LED flood light and the ability to record videos even in dim light. Udasi added, “By use of this robot the chances of a mistake and any deficiency overlooked by human eye can be eliminated thus reducing chances of human error.”

Through USTAAD, engineers can easily spot and examine the narrow spaces between the under-gears of the train which are hard to locate. USTAAD can also detect the sound of a flat tyre and thereby ensures the swift and safe journey of the train. Railways are now considering using USTAAD across zones, once tested more minutely, added the official.

Earlier, the Indian Railways had adopted an artificial intelligence system to ensure hygienic food onboard trains. About 16 base kitchens at the IRCTC headquarters in the national Capital was equipped with high definition CCTV cameras to keep an eye on anomalies such as the presence of rodent or cockroach.

(With Agency inputs)