Indian Railways to tie up with ISRO for enhanced safety, efficiency

By PTI  indianexpress.com

Indian Railways will join hands with ISRO to get online satellite images for improving safety and enhancing efficiency.

“We will undertake a massive exercise of GIS mapping of the entire rail route and assets including buildings, land, workshops and other facilities in the network using geospatial technology,” said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with GIS mapping project.

Geospatial technology involves GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).

The official said geospatial services will be available from satellite-assisted navigational support through the GPS aided geo augmented navigation (GAGAN) system of ISRO. “We will sign an MoU with ISRO shortly to avail the online satellite images to create a GIS platform,” said the official. The MoU will facilitate getting images and communications through the satellite system.

While the images will help in mapping the area, communications will enable the introduction of wi-fi service in trains in a larger way. The technology will come in handy at the time of accidents when it can be used to ascertain the exact location of trains and the topography. More info

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