Critique

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Competing Technology Options and Stakeholder Interests for Tracking Freight Railcars in Indian Railways

Case Analysis
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

Submitted by: Vanessa Roche
Submitted to: Paul Sherren
Date: July 29th, 2015

Teaching Case

Shirish C Srivastava, Sharat S Mathur, Thompson SH Teo (2009). Journal of Information Technology. Competing technology options and stakeholder interests for tracking freight railcars in Indian Railways.

Abstract

This case analysis, Competing technology options and stakeholder interests for tracking freight railcars in Indian Railways will focus on alternative analysis on multiple types of technological options for undertaking a pilot project based on time-tested
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(Made mandatory by the Association of American Railroads for all US Class 1 Railroads.
EPC Gen2: New standard which emerged from the RFID system due to competing technologies. Enhanced capabilities and is at a lower cost.
Satellite-based GPS: Already being tested out by Indian Railways for passenger train-related applications for several years. The GPS system improved quality of information provided to Indian Railways’ passengers with location, speed and direction of movement. GPS can be extended for tracking individual wagons.
OCR and Hand-held devices: Alternative methods to above implementations/devices. Provides low cost and would require minimal changes to existing system of data capture, but additional staff training would be required.
Alternative Analysis Automatic Identification Device | Pros | Cons | Cost Benefit | RFID | * Can provide comprehensive wagon track and trace * No human intervention needed | * Need to redeploy employees to other areas * Implementation difficult | * High Cost | Gen2 System:RFID | * Can provide comprehensive wagon and trace * No human intervention needed | * Implementation moderately difficult * No experience yet for such tags for wagon tracking * Has not been proved in other railways * Need to redeploy employees to other areas | * Moderate cost | GPS Based System | *

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