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With more than 4,500 employees and 14,000 passengers daily, Konkan Railways
manages a large network of passenger and freight trains. The primary goal of the
railway system is to improve service for its passengers, replace redundant
manual procedures with efficient technology solutions to ultimately bring
greater operating efficiency. The rail operator selected IBM Informix Dynamic
Server, when they developed their ‘Railway Application Package’ (RAP) system to
help manage, analyze and maintain train running information, schedules and
reduce the passenger delays. Real-time data is fed into the management system
that uses smart analytics to respond to information in real time.

The railway solution helps minimal staff manage all aspects of Konkan’s
business, from real-time management of train-running, collecting ticket revenue,
managing finances and human resources, to automatically controlling station
platforms lighting with train-movements.  IBM software provides
cost-effective performance, requiring only two database administrators managing
66 database server instances.  IBM software also helps in managing the
platform lights for all passenger-carrying trains at each station and
ventilation in few long tunnels. These long tunnels are each greater than 2
kilometers long. Konkan Railway developed information-flow systems & analytics
to manage

timely air-circulation and platform lights, in an effort to be
energy-efficient. Not only does this help the Railway operate more efficiently,
but has also resulted in significant energy savings.

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