ISRO Develops Satellite-based Technology to Track Train Movements

ISRO Develops Satellite-based Technology to Track Train Movements

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The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has developed a satellite-based system that can track the movements of trains on the real-time, providing information to passengers and their kin, as well as alerting road users at unmanned railway crossings. To deploy this technology, ISRO has developed integrated circuit (IC) chips that will be installed on ten thousand locomotives of trains across India, which has one of the largest railway infrastructure in the World but has often come under scrutiny for safety concerns.

As a train with this IC chips will be about half a kilometer away from an unmanned or manned level crossing, a warning signal will be activated and the hooter will alert nearby road users and the driver of the particular train. The technology will enable the hooter to get louder as it continues to approach the signal and will suddenly fall silent once it has passed through.

The first trails of this technology will be implemented at Sonepur division on the Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani route, to be followed by a few dates on the Delhi-Mumbai route soon after.

Currently, a glaring number of mishaps at railway crossings are report on a daily basis in India and while the government is focused on the issue and has eliminated 1,148 and 1,253 unmanned crossings in 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively, the issue is expected to be completely rectified in next couple of years thanks to this new ISRO technology. This technology will also be able to provide disseminating information about the movement of trains, which are currently done manually and hence, leaving a strong scope for inaccuracies.