ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) & Indian Railways Join Hands To Make Unmanned Level Crossings Safer

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) & Indian Railways Join Hands To Make Unmanned Level Crossings Safer

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Date of Post: 13 Nov, 2017

New Delhi: A satellite-based system will now alert road users at unmanned level crossings about approaching trains & also help in tracking train movement on a real-time basis. The space technology, adopted with the help of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), will warn road users through hooters once a train approaches an unmanned level crossing.

Integrated Circuit Chips On 10,000 Locomotives

  • The Indian Railways (IR) is installing ISRO-developed integrated circuit (IC) chips on 10,000 locomotives of trains.
  • Around 500 metres before the level crossings, the hooter will be activated through a signal from the IC chip, warning road users as well as the train drivers near the crossing.
  • The hooter will become louder as the level crossing nears, and will fall silent after the train has passed.

Rail Routes To Be Equipped With ISRO System

  • On a pilot basis, 2-level crossing gates in Sonepur division on the Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani route are to be equipped with the ISRO system, to be followed by a few gates on the Delhi-Mumbai route shortly.
  • A senior Railway Ministry official said, trials would be conducted on these two busy rail corridors and, according to the plan, all level crossings will be equipped with the ISRO system in phases.

The System To Be Used For Tracking Trains

  • Besides alerting road users, the satellite-based system will also be used for tracking trains for disseminating information about their movement on a real-time basis.
  • The official said, the trial for real-time train information system is already being carried out on Mumbai Rajdhani & Guwahati Rajdhani services.
  • A few locos are being equipped with the device & installation of hooters at unmanned level crossings gates on Delhi-Mumbai & Delhi-Guwahati routes is being carried out gradually.

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