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What is VCD?
Dec 22 2011 (4:24PM)
News Entry# 50594 Safety vigil on tracks
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ Dec 22 2011 (4:24PM)
There is a monitor in trains, keeping an eye on the driver looking to steal a nap or take a couple of swigs of alcohol. And it's known as vigilance control device (VCD). As many as 16 passenger and goods trains, plying in the Adra railway division, have hit the safety tracks with this special gizmo that determines the state of a driver and automatically applies penalty brakes in case he is incapacitated.Speaking to The Telegraph, divisional railway manager, Adra, A.K. Haldhar, said the microprocessor based multi-resettable system had been introduced in trains driven by diesel engines. Indian Railways' Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) in Lucknow has developed the device, which has been functional in the trains of Adra division for the past six months or so.Explaining how VCD works, Haldhar, who was here to attend a safety seminar organised at the diesel workshop near Bokaro station, said: "There is...