Sensonic to install Elephant detection system for the Indian Railways East Coast network

Collisions between trains and elephants are a major concern in India, tragically resulting in the loss of both endangered animal life and risking human safety too.

Sensonic to install Elephant detection system for the Indian Railways East Coast network

In a major stride towards enhancing safety and security on railway tracks, Sensonic has secured a contract to implement an advanced elephant detection system for the East Coast network of Indian Railways. This cutting-edge technology aims to prevent collisions, ensuring the protection of both elephants and railway operations.

Sensonic, a leading provider of Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) solutions to monitor railway infrastructure, has announced a multi-million contract award to implement a groundbreaking elephant detection system for the Indian Railways East Coast network. This critical project will utilize fiber optic sensing technology to help protect both endangered elephants and train operations across more than 30 elephant corridors spanning over 400 km of railway.

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Mr. Deep Desai, MD of Sensonic India, said “We are incredibly proud to partner with Indian Railways’ East Coast network on this vital project”. Our elephant detection system offers a comprehensive solution that safeguards both elephants and train operations. By preventing collisions, we can significantly reduce the loss of life and minimize disruptions to railway operations, ultimately benefiting wildlife, passengers, and local communities.

Collisions between trains and elephants are a major concern in India, tragically resulting in the loss of both endangered animal life and risking human safety too.

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The scope of the project is-

The contract encompasses the deployment of Sensonic’s elephant detection system through ~1,200 kilometers of fiber surrounding ~400 km of railway tracks within the East Coast network spanning the states of Orissa and Jharkhand.

This includes the installation of 20 strategically positioned sensing units along with supporting equipment that enable real-time monitoring, data analysis and alerts to be sent to railway staff including station masters and locomotive pilots.

The contract award follows a competitive tender process referencing previous on-site technology demonstrations, evaluation, and acceptance tests by Indian Railways.

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