The Indian Railways is planning to deploy new software to track the movement of all trains over its network.
The new system called Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation ( SIMRAN) will provide precise location of the trains through interactive mode on mobile phones and laptops, eliminating the need for telephonic enquiry. It has already been launched as a pilot project for 18 pairs of trains and would be rolled out to all the trains over the next 18 months.
“With the approval of this system on a stretch of 3300 kilometres to cover the entire high density stations, a major step has been taken towards train’s safety, said Vinay Mittal, Chairman, Railway Board at a Seminar organised by The Institution Railway of Signal & Telecommunication Engineers (India) ( IRSTE) and Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (London) (IRSE).
“To enhance safety by reducing human dependence for verification of clearance of track, track circuiting at more than 850 locations has been provided during the last year and about 1500 additional locations are targeted for completion within next two years,” added Kul Bhushan, Member Electrical, Indian Railways.
Mittal further pointed out that the Indian Railways has taken several other measures to improve services to passengers such as the provision of internet in running trains, extension of Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) over the entire Indian Railways route, IP based train control communication and replacement of overhead alignment with underground cables.
The Indian Railways has been actively adopting technology to improve its services. Early this year it launched a new mobile website(https://www.irctc.co.in/) to make the process of booking tickets more convenient for the passengers. The ministry of railways has also authorized the use of the SMS sent by Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) as train tickets.