GPS in Trains Will this improve efficiency in operations

Railways has increased the freight loading traffic along with the average speed of freight trains. Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav on Tuesday said that satellite tracking of trains has improved efficiency in train operations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Satellite tracking of trains has improved efficiency in train operations: Around 6,500 locos (electric and diesel) are already equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), about 6,000 locos to be equipped by December 2021,” Ministry of Railways tweeted.

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Amid the pandemic, the Railways has increased the freight loading traffic along with the average speed of freight trains. “The freight loading was 3.13 million tonnes on July 27, which is higher than last year for the same date,” the Railways stated in a release. The average speed of freight trains in July is 45.03 kilometre per hour which is around double in comparison to last year for the same month (23.22 kmph).

The Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS), the information technology arm of the Ministry of Railways had collaborated with ISRO to implement Real-time Train Information System (RTIS) project in trains. Indian Railways has installed a GPS aided geo-augmented navigation system (GAGAN) based devices on locomotives to acquire train movement data.

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With the assistance of the new framework, railways will be able to track the real-time location and additional information of the trains from arrival to the run-through timings at the stations in a particular route. As the GPS trackers have been installed in the trains, tracking and monitoring the locomotives has been made easier and more efficient.

This will particularly prove to be helpful at the time of rail mishaps. The satellite will assist in delivering the data of the whereabouts of each train. This new tracking system will also assist railways with securing automated level intersections with remote sensing facilities.

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