NEW DELHI: In partnership with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Indian Railways has implemented a real-time tracking system for 2,700 trains.
According to a senior railway official this GPS-based equipment will be put in 6,500 more trains in the following weeks.
The technology, known as Real-Time Train Information System (RTIS), consists of GPS-based gadgets that run on ISRO’s Satcom Hub and are installed on 2,700 locomotives in 21 electric loco sheds.
This will provide railway passengers with train movement information as recent as 30 seconds.
As of now, GPS data from around 6,500 locomotives is being immediately supplied into the Control Office Application, enabling automatic train charting and real-time information flow to passengers.
“The Real Time Train Information System (RTIS), developed in partnership with ISRO, is being placed on locomotives to allow for the automatic acquisition of train movement time at stations, such as arrival and departure or run-through. They are automatically plotted on the Control Office Application (COA) system’s control chart for such trains,” said an official.
Without any manual intervention, the location and speed of RTIS-enabled locomotives/trains can be read more precisely.
“As part of Phase-II roll out, 6,000 more locomotives across 50 loco sheds shall be covered … currently, GPS feed from around 6,500 Locomotives is being directly fed into the Control Office Application,” the release added.