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January 3rd, 2018

SATCOM in the Works for Indian Railways

Indian Railways has set a target of December 2018 to link all their locomotives via Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) satellites — this communications linkage will make it easy to track trains and communicate with train crews in real time, officials said.

By year-end, all 10,800 locos of the railways will have antennas fixed on them and they will be monitored inside the drivers cabin, senior officials of the national transporter stated. "We have already tried it on 10 locos and by December 2018 we will have this system installed in all our locos," a senior railway board member said.

The railways is also working with the ISRO to use the agency's satellite-based system to check accidents at unmanned railway crossings and track train movements.

Working on a pilot project with ISRO, the railways has installed space agency-developed integrated circuit (IC) chips on some train engines. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (or NaVIC) will be used to warn road users of approaching trains through hooters installed at unmanned road crossings.

Article sourced from the India Today infosite.