Space tech will alert people at railway crossings in India

Published on : Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Indian RailwaysIndian Railways is soon going to welcome a unique satellite-based system that would be alerting users at unmanned level crossings about approaching trains.


Besides it would also aid in the process of tracking train movement on a real-time basis.


This space technology would be adopted with the assistance of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). And it would be cautioning road users via hooters once a train approaches an unmanned level crossing. The railways is installing an ISRO-developed integrated circuit (IC) chips on as many as 10,000 locomotives of trains.


Nearly 500 metres before the level crossings the hooter would be activated through a signal from the IC chip warning road users as well as the train drivers close ti the crossing.


And this hooter would actually sound louder as the level crossing nears and would fall silent after the train has passed.


On a pilot basis two level crossing gates in Sonepur division on the Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani route would be enriched with the ISRO system and it would be followed by a few gates on the Delhi-Mumbai route shortly.


Trials would also be conducted on these two busy railway corridors.


According to the plan all the level crossings would be armed with the ISRO system in phases as reported by a senior Railway Ministry official who has refused to be named.


Alongsise alerting road users the satellite-based system would also be utilized for tracking trains for disseminating information about their movement manually, leaving scope for inaccuracies.


The trail for real-time train information system is already being carried out on Mumbai Rajdhani and Guwahati Rajdhani services as said by the official.


Safety at unmanned level crossing is always a cause of grave concern for railways since these crossings often bear testimony to the maximum mishaps. After all the unmanned crossings are eliminated the hotter system would be shifted to manned level crossings according to the plan.


This satellite-based system would also help railways in mapping this area and the technology would prove to be useful to determine the exact location of trains and topography.


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