RFID Tags for Identification of Railway Coaches, Wagons & Locomotives
In order to know the exact location of the
locomotives, coaches and wagons, Indian Railways have introduced the system of
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags designed by the Centre for Railway
Information System (CRIS). This will enable the Railways to maintain and manage
the resources in a better way. In this system, RFID tags fitted on coaches,
locomotives and wagons will emit radio frequency signals that will be received
and read automatically by the trackers installed at the railway stations. This
information will then be transmitted over the network connected through server.
A pilot project for RFID tracking had already been conducted at the
Vishakhapatnam – Talcher – Paradeep section.
Automated Weather Stations (AWS) for Farmers of Maharashtra
has become the first state to provide information related to weather to the
farmers of the state through the Automated Weather Stations (AWS) to be
installed at taluka level. These weather stations will be set up by Skymet
Weather Pvt Ltd and the weather information will be provided to the farmers on
the mobile app of the company as well as on the state government agriculture
and weather information portal Mahavedh. The data provided by the use of AWS
will also be used by the government to set up weather database bank, to issue
location specific advisories to the farmers, better disaster management and to implement
crop insurance schemes. The first such weather station was inaugurated by the
state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Dongargaon in Nagpur region.
ISRO to Launch “South Asia” Satellite on May 5, 2017
India’ s premier space probing and research
agency Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to launch the
proposed geosynchronous satellite named the South Asia Satellite on 05th
May. The satellite will help serve the needs of the SAARC (South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation) member countries in the fields of
communication and meteorology. The idea of having such a satellite was mooted
by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the SAARC summit held in Nepal in the
year 2014 and is an important part of the Prime Minister’s neighbourhood first
policy. The South Asia Satellite has been designed and developed by ISRO.
University Students Make Biggest Freestanding Rubik’s Cube
team of Engineering students at the University of Michigan (USA) have
successfully made the world’s biggest freestanding 3-D Rubik’s Cube. The weight
of this cube is 680 Kilograms. Time estimated to solve this newly developed 3-D
puzzle is likely to at least 60 minutes, whereas traditional Rubik’s cube of
the size of 5.7 Cm can be solved in a few seconds to a few minutes time. Rubik’s Cube was invented
by a Hungarian artist Prof Erno Rubik in the year 1974 and was originally named
as “Magic Rubik”.