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Indian Railways links locomotives via ISRO satellites to track train status

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New Delhi: Good news for train passengers: the Indian Railways has linked its locomotives via ISRO satellites, making it easy to track trains and automatically feed the control charts about the trains arrival and departure, officials said.

“A new beginning has been made in the new year: the train movement information is acquired and fed to the control charts using ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) satellite-based real-time train information system (RTIS) automatically,” a senior railway ministry official told media persons.

The official said that the system was implemented on January 8, on some of the mail or express trains on the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra-Bandra Terminus, New Delhi-Patna, New Delhi-Amritsar and Delhi-Jammu routes.

The official said the new system will help railways to modernise its control room, railway network for more efficient train movement across its network.

 

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The official said, “The move is aimed at further improving the accuracy of train-running information.”

Explaining how the new system works, the official said the RTIS device installed in the locomotive detects position and speed of the train using GAGAN geo-positioning system, developed by ISRO.

“Based on this information and application logic, the device sends the train movement updates (arrival/departure/run through/unscheduled stoppages and mid-section updates) to central location server in the CRIS data centre using S-band Mobile Satallite Service (MSS) of ISRO,” he said.

 

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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,” he said.

The official said that earlier, the train running status used to be updated manually.

“Before this techniques was developed by the CRIS (Centre for Railway Information System) in collabration with ISRO, the divisional controls setup for the purpose of train movement control were dependent on the information relayed by the station master to the station controller and the data was fed in the control chart by the section controller manually,” he said.

He said the COA is being already integrated with National Train Enquiry System (NTES).

 

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

Earlier while Working on a pilot project with ISRO, the railways installed space agency-developed integrated circuit (IC) chips on some train locomotives.

“The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System was used to warn road users of approaching trains through hooters installed at unmanned road crossings,” the official said, adding that now the railways has also eliminated all the unmanned level crossing except one in Uttar Pradesh due to some local issues.

 

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Crime against women: Posters of guilty to be displayed in UP

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Eve-teasers, those guilty of crime against women and habitual offenders in cases of sex-related crimes will now find their posters on road crossings in Uttar Pradesh.

According to the government spokesman, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to launch ‘Operation Durachari’ to check crime against women.

“The Chief Minister has directed that women police personnel should be asked to take firm action against such offenders and their photographs should be pasted on crossings in order to name and shame them,” the spokesman said.

The Chief Minister further said that people should know who are the persons who are vitiating the atmosphere in society and indulging in crime against women.

He further said that in case any incident related to crime against women takes place, the beat in-charge, chowki in-charge, station officer and the circle officer would be held responsible.

The Chief Minister also ordered that anti-Romeo squads should be further activated and strengthened so that the strategy to check crime against women becomes increasingly effective.

It may be recalled that the Yogi Adityanath government had pasted photographs of anti-CAA protesters on crossings in Lucknow in an attempt to name and shame them just before the national lockdown was announced.

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