With thousands of kilometres of tracks laid throughout the country, keeping tab on all of them is a hideous task for the Indian Railways. To make their job simple, Indian Railways will use cameras (UAV/NETRA) for various railway activities especially project monitoring and maintenance of tracks and other railway infrastructure.
The cameras will also judge the efficiency of non-interlocking works, help in crowd management during fairs, find scrap, and survey station yards. Western Railway is the first to be given the task to source the cameras, which will monitor the maintenance of tracks, keep an eye on relief and rescue operations, and also view inspection-related activities. The real-time inputs provided by the drones would help with the safety and timely maintenance of tracks and other vital infrastructure.
A drone is essentially is a flying robot. They may be remote-controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems working in conjunction with onboard sensors and GPS.