Railways launch Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information Application

In a digital initiative to help plan traffic flows and optimize freight operations, the Ministry of Railways has launched Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) App for Freight Managers which provides features for monitoring and managing freight business using Geographic Information System (GIS) Views and Dashboard.
With this application, movement of freight trains on GIS view can be tracked, an official press release said. Both passenger and freight trains can be tracked over Zones, Divisions and Sections in a single GIS View.
Among other things, it will facilitate monitoring of freight business, comparitive analysis of zonal and divisional traffic and analysis of new traffic captured and traffic lost. 
The app provides an overview of all freight assets in a single window. It provides end to end rake movement on geospatial view, a view of expected traffic at interchange points to evaluate daily performance, and a view of the performance of each zone and division with respect to loading and utilization of freight assets, the release said.
The information will help in better traffic routing, better monitoring of freight terminal and sidings and faster turnaround of rakes, it said.
The app has been developed by CRIS, the IT arm of the Railways. Among other things, it will provide information on:
-- Position of all freight trains on Indian Railways Network on basis of their last reporting in system
-- Movement of freight trains from one zone/division to another zone/division across IR.
-- Position of rakes on the network detailing commodity wise loading.
-- Position of all freight stock on Indian Railways - both loaded and empty on the network.
-- Monitor Inward/ Expected traffic flow at Interchange points along with real time monitoring of forecast for day against actual interchange.
-- Indicates new traffic Origination-Destination (OD) captured over IR network.
Indicates rakes detaining beyond permissible free time on the network.
-- Loading trends of major commodities is available identifying the loading performances of terminals and their Origination-Destination (OD) on the network.
-- Section wise speed performance of freight trains across the network which is updated on real time basis. This is done by making use of real time sectional running data captured through Control Office Application and comparing it with the historical freight running data to work out the level of performance in the section on real time basis.
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