Indian Railway Signs Agreement with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to provide Passenger Information

Indian Railways and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for effective utilization of space technology in railway systems and services. Indian Railways will typically use these tools in providing web-based user-centric services and developing graphic information systems (GIS) based applications using remote sensing technology. Monitoring-based applications employing these technologies will be deployed in various areas of operation and governance.


The agreement is one of the series of steps taken by Indian Railways to modernize its systems and provide real-time services to passengers using space-based technology. Currently, hands-down technology from ISRO is being used for providing Passenger Information System (PIS), remote location-based monitoring services for locomotives, Passenger Reservation System (PRS) and Unreserved Ticketing System.


Indian Railway plans to further develop customized software services based on Geo-spatial solutions. This will make reliable and optimal services easily available to passengers and railway officials. Applications will be developed with the help of remote sensing technology to secure unmanned railway crossings in urban areas and especially rural areas. Information about next station/stoppage, real-time tracking of train, route history will be made available to passengers. New rail route alignments which are an essentiality in hilly regions and areas with difficult terrain will also be provided.


The signed memorandum will further strengthen and infuse more reliability in railway systems. The MoU marks the first step towards a truly modern Indian Railways and both organizations will strive to make it at par with railway networks of developed nations.

September 23, 2017 5:50 am