‘USTAAD’ developed by Indian Railways, to check for faults in Trains

An AI powered robot named USTAAD (Undergear Surveillance Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid), has been developed by the mechanical branch of Central Railways’ Nagpur division, which has in-built HD Camera, by which it can examine the coach’s parts in real time, and transmits them over WiFi. USTAAD can really be helpful to see and examine areas which are hard to see.

USTAAD would click pictures and record videos of the under-gear of trains and send them to engineers for repairs and maintenance, which would make trains safer by eliminating the human errors.

“It captures video and still photographs of the under-gear parts of the coaches in real time and transmit them over WiFi. The engineers can see these videos on big screen as well as record them. The camera of the robot can be rotated in any direction as per command given by the engineers,” Central Railway spokesperson Sunil Udasi said.

“He can also zoom on the spot in case of any doubt. It is equipped with LED flood light and able to capture the videos in low light as well as in dark mode. By use of this robot the chances of mistake and any deficiency overlooked by human eye can be eliminated thus reducing chances of human error,” he added.

With the help of USTAAD, engineers can easily see and examine areas which are hard to see and hard to approach such as cramped or narrow spaces between under-gear parts, he said.

Railways is now considering using USTAAD across zones, once tested more minutely, the official said.