Railways to deploy 2,600 MSS terminals on locomotives for tracking trains

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Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi on Monday said deployment of 2,600 mobile satellite service (MSS) terminals on locomotives will help Indian Railways serve commuters better by giving real time information about the movement of trains. In the coming years, this system will be introduced in all the trains.

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  • He said, people can get information about the location of the train on a real time basis due to this technology.
  • The system is designed and developed by wireless communication and semiconductor solutions company Saankhya Labs in partnership with ISRO and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
  • Parag Naik, CEO and co-founder of Saankhya Labs, said,”The MSS terminals enables satellite-based train tracking system on a real time basis.”
  • These terminals send signals every 30 seconds about its location.
  • He said, it will also help in train traffic management, operational efficiency and accident prevention.
  • The MSS enabled Real Time Information System (RTIS) is being executed by the Centre for Railways Information Systems (CRIS) in collaboration with ISRO.
  • Saankhya Labs said in a statement, as part of Phase-1 implementation of RTIS, BEL commissioned the RTIS network deploying over 2,600 MSS terminals on locomotives of Indian Railways.
  • The company is the Satcom Technology partner for BEL in the RTIS project.
  • It said, the RTIS is primarily used for acquisition of train movement data, including that of arrival, departure and run- through timings at the stations enroute.
  • Trains hauled by RTIS enabled locomotives gets tracked and plotted automatically in the Control Office Application (COA) at Central Control Office.
  • The company said,”The end-to-end solution was indigenously designed, developed and manufactured in India, all powered by Saankhya’s award winning patented Software Defined Radio (SDR) chipsets.”

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