New Delhi, 7th Sept: Indian Railways will tie up with ISRO to get online satellite images for improving safety and enhancing efficiency. A senior Railway ministry official involved with GIS mapping project said that they plan to undertake a massive exercise of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping of the entire rail route and assets including buildings, land, workshops and other facilities in the network using geospatial technology.
The official said geospatial services will be available from satellite-assisted navigational support through the GPS aided geo augmented navigation (GAGAN) system of ISRO. Railways will sign an MoU with the ISRO shortly to avail the online satellite images to create a GIS platform.
The images will help in mapping the area, communications will enable the introduction of wi-fi service in trains in a larger way. The technology will be very helpful at the time of accidents when it can be used to ascertain the exact location of trains and the topography.
Remote sensing system can be used to warn road users by activating the hooters before the arrival of trains at unmanned level crossings. Safety at unmanned level crossings is a cause of serious concern for the railways and the public transporter is exploring various ways to address the issue.