Indian Railways will partnership with Isro to get online satellite images for improving protection and enhancing efficiency.
“We will undertake a vast workout of GIS mapping of the whole railway and assets together with buildings, land, workshops and another facilities in the network using geo-spatial technology,” aforementioned a senior Railway Ministry official involved with GIS mapping project.
Geo-spatial technology includes GIS (geographical information systems),GPS (global positioning systems), and RS (remote sensing)The official said geo-spatial services will be presented from satellite-assisted steering support through the GPS assisted geo increased navigation (GAGAN) system of Isro.
We will sign a MoU with Isro shortly to avail the online satellite pictures to make a GIS platform, said the official.The MoU will facilitate getting pictures 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 technique.
The technology will come in available at the time of accidents when it can be used to ascertain the precise location of trains and also the topography.The satellite images will also be used for geo-fencing of stations for paperless ticketing system.
Railways have started the paperless tickets in unreserved section for suburban services in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.The technology is also expected to be used for tracking trains for disseminating information around their movement on actual time basis which will be a great help to passengers.