Real-time train tracking to be launched soon by Indian Railways

by · March 30, 2012

Indian Railways may soon launch real-time tracking on Google maps that can be accessed through mobile devices and PCs.
The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the technology arm of the Indian Railways, has developed a GPS-based solution with help of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which can provide exact location of a train with an accuracy of 10 metres, and latency of 2 minutes, on a real-time basis.
The GPS devices would be fitted in about 100 trains. Trains in future may know each others location and start breaking in case of danger ahead, hence will help avert collisions and prevent loss of lives. The device will cost around Rs 70k-100k per train.
Success of the GPS-based system may help Railways in running trains at high speed. The GPS application will also aid in better
planning of train schedules, especially in bad weather.Currently, scheduling is done manually. Station masters call the divisional headquarters and inform them once a train has left a particular
station.
The facility to track train movements will soon be available on Indianrailways.gov.in

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