As part of the plan to improve timings and safety, Indian Railways has deployed over 2,600 Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) terminals deployed on locomotives under Phase I of Real Time Train Information System (RTIS). Indian Railways launched the first 10 locomotives equipped with RTIS devices in January. RTIS will reportedly be fitted on about 2,700 engines out of 11,000 in total by end of this fiscal.
Saankhya Labs is the Satcom Technology partner for BEL in the RTIS project. The RTIS is primarily used for acquisition of train movement data, including that of arrival, departure and run-through timings at the stations enroute.
The trains hauled by RTIS enabled locomotives gets tracked and plotted automatically in the Control Office Application (COA) at Central Control office.
“This is a very important initiative by the Indian Railways in partnership with ISRO, BEL, and Saankhya Labs,” said Suresh Angadi, Minister of State for Railways.
“The benefits of this will be far-reaching and help the railways improve upon its operational efficiency include timings and safety. The system generates huge volumes of data in real time that will further help streamline operations of the Indian Railways,” he added.