BEL, BEML join hands to develop Train Control Management System for Rail & Metro Sector

MRT Online Desk Posted on: 2024-04-04 17:00:00 Viewer: 748 Comments: 0 Country: India City: New Delhi

BEL, BEML join hands to develop Train Control Management System for Rail & Metro Sector

New Delhi, India (Metro Rail Today): In a significant development aimed at bolstering indigenous capabilities in the realm of rail and metro systems, the Kotdwara Unit of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 4, 2024. This collaboration, under the ambit of the Government of India's Make in India initiative, endeavors to jointly develop a Train Control Management System (TCMS) tailored to the specific requirements of the country's rail and metro networks.

The MoU signing ceremony witnessed the participation of Manoj Jain, Director (R&D) of BEL, and Shiva Kumar H G, CGM (R&D) of Rail & Metro at BEML Ltd. The agreement was formalized in the presence of senior officials from both BEL and BEML Ltd. Through this MoU, the two entities aim to identify synergies in their capabilities and explore avenues for co-development of cutting-edge solutions that align with the needs of Indian Railways and Metro systems.

The primary objective of this partnership is to identify potential areas of cooperation and jointly develop high-value products and solutions tailored to the specific requirements of Indian Railways and Metro systems. By focusing on indigenous development, this collaboration aims to reduce dependency on imported technology and bolster self-sufficiency in meeting the future needs of rail projects across the country.

The Train Control Management System (TCMS) serves as the neural center of a train, orchestrating the control and monitoring of various onboard systems. It encompasses a gamut of components including computer devices, software, Human-Machine Interface (HMI) interfaces, input/output capabilities, and data network components. Currently, India relies on imported TCMS solutions primarily supplied by propulsion suppliers to fulfill the requirements of its Rail & Metro networks.

The Train Control Management System (TCMS), often hailed as the "brain of the train," will play a pivotal role in coordinating control and monitoring across various systems. With this partnership, BEML and BEL are set to redefine the landscape of rail communication technology in India, contributing significantly to the nation's vision of self-reliance and technological advancement.

BEL, a Navratna PSU under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India, has been at the forefront of serving the strategic needs of the Indian Defence services since its establishment in 1954 in Bengaluru. Over the years, BEL has evolved into a versatile entity engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, and support of an extensive array of Defence electronics products, systems, and services. In addition to its defence portfolio, BEL is actively expanding its footprint in non-defence sectors, including Railway and Metro solutions, Space and Satellite Electronics, Software as a Service, Network and Cyber Security, Energy Storage products for Electric Vehicles, Homeland Security, Smart City initiatives, Medical Electronics, Artificial Intelligence, among others.

On the other hand, BEML Limited, formerly known as Bharat Earth Movers Limited, is an esteemed Indian public sector undertaking renowned for manufacturing a diverse range of heavy equipment catering to sectors such as earth moving, railways, transport, and mining. Headquartered in Bangalore, BEML holds the distinction of being Asia's second-largest manufacturer of earth moving equipment.

The collaboration between BEL's Kotdwara Unit and BEML Ltd for the indigenous development of Train Control Management System (TCMS) represents a significant stride towards self-reliance in critical rail and metro infrastructure. By pooling their expertise and resources, the two stalwarts aim to contribute to the realization of the Government of India's vision of fostering indigenous innovation and manufacturing prowess.


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