Date of Post: 03 Oct, 2017
New Delhi: Railways is working with the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) to devise safety mechanisms to make travel by trains more safer, Union minister Piyush Goyal said. Goyal met ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar few days back and Indian Railways along with RailTel are working together to explore use of space technology for safety in railways, he said.
Goyal Speaking at an event held in New Delhi- India Mobile Congress.
- Goyal said,”Safety is very pressing and urgent need. The discussion which we had was very eye-opening in some sense for me but also very exciting in terms of possibilities that open for engaging with space technologies that ISRO has developed, helping in bringing safer travel to Indian railways.”
- Railways has been an early adopter of computers which could have been also expanded for various operational processes like safety, Goyal said.
- Goyal said,”Way back in 1960s, railways started using computers in a small way and by 1985 you had passenger reservations system all computerised. I remember banking started using computers in 1990s. It was quite an interesting fact for me that in late 1960s railways started using computers. I am delighted about that but I do wish we had expanded those frontiers much to bring technology for safety for example.”
- Modern technologies like artificial intelligence & machine learning are going to change the world works and India has opportunity to look at what is latest across the world and bring it to the country, he said.
- Goyal said,”I have asked railtel to look at a programme to connect thousands of railway stations with wi-fi… we can actually provide also the villages around railway stations with wi-fi connectivity and get rural India also connected with new age technology. Let’s give them same kind of opportunity that our children in cities are enjoying.”