Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1057/jit.2009.9
Title: Competing technology options and stakeholder interests for tracking freight railcars in Indian Railways
Authors: Srivastava, S.C.
Mathur, S.S.
Teo, T.S.H. 
Keywords: GPS
India
Options
Railroad
RFID
Technology choice
Issue Date: 2009
Source: Srivastava, S.C., Mathur, S.S., Teo, T.S.H. (2009). Competing technology options and stakeholder interests for tracking freight railcars in Indian Railways. Journal of Information Technology 24 (4) : 392-400. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1057/jit.2009.9
Abstract: This teaching case examines the implementation of a new technology for tracking individual freight railcars (wagons) by Indian Railways. After exploring multiple technological options, the Indian Railways decided to undertake a pilot project based on time-tested Automatic Equipment Identification system using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. However, a number of other technological options are now available, which include EPC Gen2-based RFID systems, Global Positioning System solutions, Optical Character Recognition (OCR)-based systems, and manual hand-held data collection devices integrated with the current Freight Operations System. Each of these systems has its own advantages and limitations. Although Indian Railways officials are going ahead with the pilot project, they are uncertain as to the appropriate technological choice, given the wide range of available technology options. Further, they are faced with competing interests from different stakeholder groups (departments), who favor different technologies. © 2009 JIT Palgrave Macmillan All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Information Technology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/43951
ISSN: 02683962
DOI: 10.1057/jit.2009.9
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