Using newer technologies for train tracking, Indian Railways has installed Real Time Train Information System (RTIS) devices in over 2,000 locomotives, enabling seamless flow of information for automatic mapping trains.
Developed in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), RTIS gives mid-section updates with a periodicity of 30 seconds.
RTIS is being installed on locomotives for automatic acquisition of synchronization of train movement in stations, including that of arrival and departure or journey.
They are automatically plotted on the control board of these trains in the Control Office Application (COA) system.
Train control can now more closely track the location and speed of RTIS-enabled locomotives/trains, without any manual intervention.
RTIS devices were installed for 2,700 locomotives in 21 electric locomotive sheds. As part of the Phase II deployment, an additional 6,000 locomotives in 50 locomotive sheds will be covered using ISRO’s Satcom hub.
Currently, the GPS feed of approximately 6,500 locomotives is transmitted directly to the COA. This enabled automatic train mapping and real-time information flow to passengers through COA and NTES integration.
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