How ISRO is helping bridge the information gaps at Indian Railways

IRNSS, constellation of seven satellites , shall not only aid the Indian Railways in controlling unmanned railway crossings but also track a few trains real-time.

How ISRO is helping bridge the information gaps at Indian Railways
How ISRO is helping bridge the information gaps at Indian Railways

How ISRO is helping bridge the information gaps at Indian Railways

While transportation across the globe has integrated GIS tech rapidly, Indian Railways has just taken a giant leap into improved management and control with the help of satellite communication and coordination.

This partnership between ISRO and Indian Railway shall enable the monitoring of unmanned railway crossings as well as the positions of a few chip-enabled trains. 

The management of unmanned railway crossings will be done with the help of a hooter that will be used to alarm the civilians about an approaching train. The system shall be able to detect the approaching of the train at any distance between 500 m and 4 km, which shall prove useful in avoiding accidents and mishaps. 

This collaboration uses the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) or NaVIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation), which is a regional positioning and navigation system by ISRO. This constellation of seven satellites shall not only aid the Indian Railways in controlling unmanned railway crossings but also track a few trains real-time.

 

**Courtesy-Indian Rail Info

This system shall also be used to disseminate information about arrivals and departure of trains in a timely and efficient manner.

This landmark integration of technology shall also enable Indian Railways to map and locate accidents on time.  As of now, just over 700 trains have been fitted with the GPS. This also includes a few freight trains.

This move has also increased the security of train travel. Now, criminals and thieves cannot just “stop” a train and loot; a signal is immediately sent if a train halts at an unrequested or unusual stop mid-journey. 

**Courtesy-Indian Rail Info

Now, the control, monitoring, and updating of information on charts shall not require manual intervention. This shall help modernise systems, enable better controlling, facilitate smoother journeys, and even reduce costs for IRCTC.

Developed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems in association with ISRO, these systems will enable the smooth functioning of railways and enable seamless, timely, and efficient movement of trains. 

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