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Indian Railways Goes Hi-Tech, Collaborates with ISRO to Install GPS in Trains!

The Railways will GPS-enable around 2,700 trains by December 2018.

In a bid to provide real-time train information, the government plans to install GPS devices on 2700 electric locomotives by December 2018.

As reported by BGR, a written reply to the Lok Sabha by Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways, stated that the Railway Ministry and ISRO have collaborated to install Real-Time Train Information System (RTIS) to track trains.

This involves placing GPS/GAGAN (GPS Aided Augmented Navigation System) based devices on locomotives.

Indian Railways and ISRO collaborate to fit GPS devices on trains. Representative image only. Image Courtesy:Wikimedia Commons.
Indian Railways and ISRO collaborate to fit GPS devices on trains. Representative image only.                        Image Courtesy:Wikimedia Commons.

Gohain added that Phase-1 of the project would cover 2,700 locomotives, all installed with the GPS devices by December 2018. He also mentioned that a reliable and high-level accuracy of about 99.3% of real-time reporting of arrival and departure timing updates have been observed, which is good enough to meet RTIS requirements.

Real-time GPS information is an excellent tool for the purpose of adhering to a tight schedule and avoiding delays.


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Trials for this system have already been conducted on the New-Delhi-Guwahati, and New-Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani trains on six electric locomotives.

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