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Railways Sign MoU with ISRO for use of Space technology

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Ministry of Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for developing Remote Sensing and geographic information system (GIS) for Remote Sensing at unmanned railway crossing and other uses.Railway and ISRO

Aim of the MoU

  • The MoU aims for developing applications in the field of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) for Remote Sensing at unmanned railway crossings

Technology employed

  • It uses all geospatial solutions and customized software solutions for providing reliable, efficient & optimal solutions to Railways

Problems to be addressed by ISRO

  • To find solution of late running of trains due to fog
  • To use space technology tools in providing passenger information system in all trains indicating the next station/stoppage, real time train tracking
  • Survey of new rail route alignments particularly in hilly and difficult terrains
  • To conduct track vulnerability studies, mapping of assets and introducing web enabled rail user centric services

Technologies currently used in Railways

  • Indian Railways is using Space technology for providing connectivity to Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counters and Unreserved Ticketing System at remote and non-rail head locations
  • Emergency Communication using Satellite phones from disaster sites
  • GPS for various applications like Remote Monitoring of Locomotives
  • Passenger Information System in Mumbai Sub-urban trains and synchronized clocks & WiFi facility in selected Rajdhani Express

Points to note

  • Union Minister of Railways- Suresh Prabhu