Soumya Prakash Pradhan

The digital era is witnessing a transformation with the introduction of innovative technological tools, particularly in the Indian Railways.

Many passengers have long encountered the discomfort of foul-smelling and unclean toilets during train journeys, which has been a recurring issue.

In response to numerous complaints lodged by passengers while traveling on trains, Indian Railways is seeking technological solutions to address these problems.

According to a report by The Economic Times, the Railways Board is considering leveraging technology to tackle these challenges. 

One proposed solution involves the use of IoT-based technology to detect and address foul odours in train toilets.

Mumbai-based startup Viliso Technologies has been chosen to pilot this project. Initially, the project will be implemented in selected coaches as a test phase, as per the report.

How Does This Technology Work?

Using sensors, it can identify unpleasant odours emanating from the toilets by detecting volatile compounds and molecules in the air. The sensor data is then sent to a central hub for analysis, which can trigger automated responses.

For instance, it can alert sanitation crews when cleaning is needed, facilitating quicker intervention and better odor control. Viliso Technologies specialises in IoT-based products aimed at enhancing sanitation.

While it is unclear if their specific product will be adopted by Indian Railways for use in trains and station toilets, the initiative underscores a promising step towards improving hygiene standards in railway facilities.

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