Indian Railways have decided to rope in ISRO to overcome the increasing menace of unmanned railway crossing and increasing accidents and derailments, which can be avoided with the latest satellite surveillance technology.
The Geospatial technology involves GPS (global positioning systems), GIS, and RS (remote sensing) and the trains and monitoring staff can get online all the satellite images for improving safety and enhancing efficiency of trains which are on the move.
Railways will take up the task of GIS (geographical information systems) mapping of the entire rail route and assets including buildings, land, workshops and other facilities in the network using geospatial technology, said Railway Ministry officials.
ISRO’s GAGAN or GPS aided geo-augmented navigation will be used by Indian Railways. An MoU is expected to be signed soon with ISRO “to avail the online satellite images to create a GIS platform,” said the official.
The technology will help to locate the train exact location and take an image of its surroundings, improves the safety of the unmanned level crossings with remote sensing facility and the Railways are also ambitious to introduce it in geo-fencing of stations for paperless ticketing system.
Geo-fencing uses GPS or RFID (radio frequency identification) to etect geographical boundaries and identify the movement of trains.