Indian Railways is planning on introducing GPS devices to their trains in the process of modernizing the railways. By fitting GPS tracking devices on 100 trains, they will be able to map the location of every train up to 10 meters and within a 2 minute delay. This will also help in the scheduling process, which is currently done manually. This is just one of the many steps that will be taken in this modernization process.
Another aim of modernizing the railways in this manner is to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities when it comes to the railroads. The death toll in India was 120 last year, and has already reached 22 this year. GPS devices will allow trains to locate one another and reduce the chance of accidents. It will especially help during bad weather due to which most accidents are caused. Individuals might also be able to track the trains using Google maps. This will give passengers exact locations of their whereabouts and expected times of trains as well.
Reports suggest that a pilot project has already started between the Chennai and Tambaram railway stations. GPS has contributed to the successful scheduling of 364 trains on this route. Installing GPS devices will cost roughly Rs. 70,000 – Rs. 1,00,000 per train. Approximately Rs. 70 crore is estimated to be assigned to this project by the Center for Railway Association System (CRIS).
Indian Space Research Organization has partnered with CRIS to aid in the development of this technology for the benefit of people all over India.