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Jun 18 2012 (22:40)  IIT device to give trains jumbo alert Gadget Will Detect Elephants On Tracks (
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To prevent incidents of elephants getting hit by trains, the ministry of railways and the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) will join hands to carry out a project wherein the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, will develop a wireless sensor device. According to a report by the Elephant Task Force, dated August 31, 2010, 150 jumbos have been killed since 1987 after being hit by train.
The device — wild animal protection system — will detect the presence of elephants on railway tracks and activate asignal system alerting the station master to warn trains. The information given as response to an RTI inquiry (dated June 1), sought by international NGO Animal Equality, states the sensor
device will be ready for trial in 2016. Amruta Ubale, a Pune-based member of Animal Equality, said, following many accidents that killed elephants, the organization had written to the railway minister and the environment and forests minister, urging them to consider the suggestions, including installation of radar sensors on trains to detect animal presence on the tracks.
The ministries had decided in 2011 to run the pilot project, preferably in the forest areas of north West Bengal, said Ubale. “Sensor devices used by international car companies and some trains and ships, have proved useful in avoiding collisions,” said Ubale.
According to a report in August 2010, 150 jumbos have been killed since 1987 after being hit by trains
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