Railways to tie up with ISRO for improving safety and efficiency


New Delhi: The Indian Railways will tie up with the ISRO to get online satellite images for improving safety and enhancing efficiency.

According to a senior official of the Railway Ministry, “We will undertake a massive exercise of GIS mapping of the entire rail route and assets including buildings, land, workshops and other facilities in the network using geospatial technology.”

Geospatial technology involves GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).
He said, “We will sign an MoU with ISRO shortly to avail the online satellite images to create a GIS platform.”

The MoU will facilitate getting images and communications through the satellite system. The technology will come in handy at the time of accidents when it can be used to ascertain the exact location of trains and the topography. Besides, it will also help railways in developing solutions for safety at unmanned level crossings with remote sensing facility.