Train Management System or TMS is a new concept where new technology is introduced in managing a vast network of suburban traffic from one central point with visual display, rather than telephone receiver and scratch pad.
Western Railway is the first zonal railway to implement this technology.
It runs on Compaq Alpha server (or shall I call it as H-P Beta server?) with software from a vendor specialized in train management system over the globe. It is located at Mumbai Central and access to this area is controlled.
Although it is not fully operational yet, it does offer potential benefits against operational glitches caused by human error under traditional system where far too many controllers with scratch pads and telephone receivers have no human inter-action amongst themselves.
Every move on each one of the consoles is logged and hence "not me" cannot be heard or said in case of mishap.
At present, only a few control towers can be managed remotely from the system, although actual operation capabilities are retained by the control tower staff.