ISRO enables GPS system in Indian Railways

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Real-time Train Information System (RTIS) project is being executed by Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS), which is an Information Technology arm of the Ministry of Railways, in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is primarily used for acquisition of train movement data, including that of arrival, departure, run-through timings at the stations in route.

As the RTIS devices have been installed in locomotives, the trains hauled by such locomotives get tracked through this system. The zone-wise details of installation of RTIS device in the passenger and goods train locomotives till 20.11.2019, are as under 

Zone Number of Passenger Locomotives Number of Goods Locomotives
Central Railway 103 217
East Coast Railway 53 140
East Central Railway 89 76
Eastern Railway 130 28
North Central Railway 44 71
Northern Railway 268 61
South Central Railway 146 127
South East Central Railway 50 14
South Eastern Railway 121 157
Southern Railway 232 48
West Central Railway 181 116
Western Railway 177 00
Total 1594 1055

Additional funds for installation of RTIS system in 6000 more locomotives (both passenger and goods) have been sanctioned in 2019.

The automatic acquisition of the train running data by the RTIS system helps in improving the efficiency of train control, dissemination of accurate train running information to the passengers and freight customers, and emergency messaging between locomotive and control centre.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 27 NOV 2019.

Source: PIB

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