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Railways launches Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) Application

In a major digital initiative to help plan the traffic flows and optimize freight operations, Ministry of Railways have launched Smart Freight Operation Optimization and Real Time Information (SFOORTI) App for Freight Managers which provides features for monitoring and managing freight business using Geographic Information System (GIS) Views and Dashboard.

Salient features of SFOORTI Application include Movement of freight trains can be tracked through Geographic information system, both passenger and freight trains could be tracked in single GIS view, freight business could be monitored, comparative analysis of zonal and divisional traffic.

The app application will analyze new traffic captured from the road and traffic lost, provide bird’s eye view of all freight assets in a single window and provide end to end rake movement on Geospatial view.

The app will help to view the expected traffic at inter change points to evaluate daily performance while performance of each zone and division about loading and utilization of freight assets could be viewed. Freight terminals and sidings can be effectively monitored to ensure better turnaround of rakes.

Freight Operation Information System Map View–A Geographic Information System (GIS) based monitoring and management tool has been designed and developed in CRIS which provides layered views of freight trains on Indian Railways network which can help plan the traffic flows and optimize freight operations. The FOIS Map View has been designed to cater to Divisional, Zonal and Board levels of management for improved freight operations.

It provides Geo-Spatial view of freight train performances, some of which are: Position of all freight trains on Indian Railways Network on basis of their last reporting in system, Movement of freight trains from one zone/division to another zone/division across IR, Position of Rakes on the network detailing commodity wise loading, Position of all freight stock on Indian Railways - both loaded and empty on the network. Monitor Inward/ Expected traffic flow at Interchange points along with real time monitoring of forecast for day against actual interchange.

It Indicates new traffic Origination-Destination (OD) captured over IR network, Indicates Rakes detaining beyond permissible free time on the network, Loading trends of major commodities is available identifying the loading performances of terminals and their Origination-Destination (OD) on the network and section wise speed performance of freight trains across the network which is updated on real time basis. This is done by making use of real time sectional running data captured through Control Office Application and comparing it with the historical freight running data to work out the level of performance in the section on real time basis.

Forecasted Rakes Awaiting Interchange: Monitoring of all the loads, which have been forecasted for the divisional interchange, but the same interchange has not yet reported. Forecasted Loads Awaiting Interchange are plotted on two colour themes, based on their divisional interchange direction

Stock Specific / Commodity specific Rake Position: Position of Rakes for Specific Type of Stock can be viewed. Loaded and Empty Rakes of specific Rake Types are plotted on the Indian Railways network map in Different colors. Further drill down along with load path can also be viewed on the Geo-Spatial view.

New Origination-Destination Added in IR: Monitoring of New Origination Destination flows captured during the specified period in comparison with those loaded in previous 3 years data. Detail are represented either Commodity wise or Origination Destination (O-D wise).

Loading Trends for Major Commodities: Monitoring of Loadings across Indian Railways for major commodities during a period. Terminals are presented on the GIS View, with different commodity shown in different color.  Further drill down is also provided to view Individual Origination-Destination (O-D Flows).

Freight Train Performance: Performance of Freight Train Running on Indian Railways Sections can be viewed through this option for each working shift. Performance is determined through comparison of current sectional speed with the benchmark average speed.



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