India’s first indigenously developed Train Control and Supervision System, the i-ATS (Indigenous–Automatic Train Supervision) deployed on the Delhi Metro. The i-ATS was installed on the Red Line that runs between Rithala and Shaheed Sthal.
The launch took place on Red Line from the Operations Control Centre (OCC), Shastri Park by the Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Manoj Joshi, in the presence of Vikas Kumar, Managing Director, Delhi Metro, Bhanu Prakash Srivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and other senior officials of BEL and DMRC.
Delhi Metro Launched first-ever Train Control & Supervision System – Key Points
- The automatic signaling system, made entirely in India, was developed by DMRC and BEL jointly under the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ initiatives.
- The i-ATS is a computer-based system that will manage train operations including basic functioning such as running and halting. It will reduce the metro’s dependence on foreign vendors for metro operations.
- The development of i-ATS is a huge step forward in CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) based signaling system for the metro railways since the ATS (Automatic Train Supervision) is an essential component of the CBTC signaling system.
- The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has decided to build the CBTC technology in India as part of the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ campaigns.
- The i-ATS technology’s flexibility is what makes it useful for the operations of other rail-based systems such as the Indian Railways. The technology has been developed in a way to be flexible enough to work with different signaling vendors’ systems with suitable changes.