April 3, 2022

Technology-driven solutions for Metro Rail Operations


With rising fuel costs, enormous pollution levels and congested roads, the dependence on the Metro rails increasing steadily. Especially in the cities, Metro Rail has proven its merit in being economical, reliable, secure and a quick mode of transportation for the millions of people dependent on public transport. There was a time when only the city of Kolkata boasted of the presence of a metro rail. Overcoming struggles and bureaucratic hurdles, the metro rail in India has come a long way. Over the past few years, India has witnessed a massive spike in metro rail dependency. This rapid explosion has led to vast expansion projects in major cities across the country. 


The scale of this development has made it necessary to develop innovative improvements in design, construction and operations. To plan and expand the metro rail network, advanced technologies have to be employed to bring about innovative, efficient and economical solutions. By applying intelligent computerized systems and using current technological trends, the metro rail operations system can be vastly strengthened. 


At every level of the Metro rail planning and implementation, integrating innovative digital solutions like automation and data exchange will help achieve optimal levels of functioning. In addition, adopting and adapting new technologies helps attain effectiveness and efficiency in metro rail operations. 


Let us quickly walk you through technological solutions in various departments that can help improve functionality and efficiency in Metro Rail Operations:


Project Management Information System : 

Metro rail projects are becoming increasingly complex as projects grow and technology improves. The need for quality projects to be delivered on schedule with cost-effectiveness is the need of the hour. The idea is to introduce a real-time monitoring, quick and predictive management solution instead of a reactive-planning mechanism. This necessitates sophisticated Project Management Information System (PMIS)technologies to be adopted to improve the efficiency and quality of projects. By integrating modules such as Contract Management, Multi-dimensional Project Planning, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Vendor Management, the PMIS data and reports can be used to mitigate risks. The data acquired can be used to understand risk factors, resource utilization and scheduling of projects. 


Automated Measuring Systems and Diagnostic tools :

To spearhead a metro rail project the use of cutting-edge technologies is essential. Real-time data and analytics can be acquired by using automated measuring systems and diagnostic tools for monitoring each type of infrastructure. By incorporating these technologies, efficiency is achieved in asset management such as Signaling, Telecom, Rolling stock, OHE, PSI, Lifts, Escalators, Track, Civil, Architecture, AFC, and MEP. The intelligent, technology-driven solution also tracks requirements regarding solar energy generation, reduction of carbon footprint and compliance with environment-friendly guidelines. 


Smart Depot and Station Solutions :

Efficiently designed, operationally sustainable and user-friendly urban transport systems are a requirement today. Viable means of efficiency can be achieved by introducing Smart depot and station solutions that handle various assets. Some of the assets that can be managed in this Smart depot and station solutions are: Engineering operations and maintenance, Scheduling of trains, Train fitment analysis, Depot-shunting operations, Approved workflows for safety and crew control, and Track testing for safe and smooth metro rail operations.

Health-Safety-Environment Solutions : 

Construction sites are the most hazardous among all workplaces and the need to sufficiently control activities to avoid potential risks is crucial. It is vital to consider the need for health-safety and environmental solutions that span the entire lifecycle of the metro rail, starting from construction to operations and maintenance. By incorporating various procedures, risk evaluations, guidelines, system implementation formats, checklists and work instructions, solutions are developed to ensure safety in the workplace. The Health-Safety-Environment solutions span across various managements divisions like Construction safety management, Inspection Management, Operations, Maintenance, Incident management, Occupational and health management, Emergency preparedness and response management.


Employee Self-Service Portals:

Employee self-service(ESS) portals are web-based tools that enable employees to access relevant information and conduct certain transactions from a centra listed database. ESS portals provide ease of access and various benefits for employees. Information is consolidated into a user-friendly database which helps employees access relevant information and helps them align with organizational objectives. By incorporating these ESS tools, quicker response time with better decision-making skills can be attained among employees. 


Crew Management Solutions :

With rising demands, there is a need for a well-planned infrastructure and crew management in Metrorail operations. By providing automated solutions and insights into various sectors in operations management, efficiency and flexibility is achieved. 

Crew Management solutions(CMS) helps manage metro operations across networks, depots, lines, stations, trains, trips, train operators and duty management. Crew Management Solutions look to integrate various devices like biometrics, breath-analyzers, photo-capture and Tetra-mobile-communication devices to foster a safe, healthy and efficient work environment. In addition, the CMS also supports operation necessities like regular maintenance of stations and trains, the inclusion of new types of metro lines and considering and implementing customer feedback. 


Analytics and KPIs:

Operations management is all about efficiency: maximizing resource use to increase quality and profitability. Timely and accurate information is the requirement for achieving operations efficiency. Operations dashboards that are driven by data and analytics makes operations management effective. By incorporating these advanced dashboards, there is space for strategic planning and efficient decision-making. 


These business intelligence visualization and data reporting tools monitor business processes and track the performance of metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs).Obtaining data from various operational & maintenance parameters like finance, external projects, operations and maintenance information of train running, delays, detrainment, energy consumptions, crew monitoring and management information, and the like helps in identifying trends. Analytics-driven solutions document these trends and, the information obtained is used for corrective actions and additional analysis to improve overall metro network and operations performance.


Taking a step towards leading-edge, data and analytics-driven metro-rail solutions puts us on the map for coming up with continuous innovations and improvements. By incorporating the above solutions, we, at Envision ESL handle all phases of the metro network: Planning, Construction, Launch, Operations, Management and Facilitating expansion projects. With our innovative and technologically advanced solutions, we are ready to take on new operations demands that only enable the metro rail in becoming safer, smarter and more digitally integrated. 

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