Bhubaneswar: The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has joined hands with the Indian Space Research Organisation to facilitate its passengers and service takers by allowing them to check and track the live status of their train.
The IRCTC has linked its locomotives via ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) satellites and have made it easier to track the current train status and automatically feeds the control charts about trains’ arrivals and departures.
“The train movement information is acquired and fed to the control charts using ISRO’s satellite-based real-time train information system (RTIS) automatically.” said a senior official.
The official further said that the move aims at improving the accuracy of train-running info. Explaining on how the system will work, officials said that there are RTIS device installed in the locomotive that detect the position and speed of the train by using GAGAN geo-positioning system that is developed by ISRO.
It is based on this info and logic, “The device sends the train movement updates such as arrival, departure, run through, unscheduled stoppages and mid-section updates to the central location server in the CRIS data centre using S-band Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) of ISRO. After processing in the CLS, this information is relayed to Control Office Application (COA) system for automatic plotting of control charts without any manual intervention in the divisions.”