Track trains in real time with GPS enabled tracking devices

Track trains in real time with GPS enabled tracking devices

In an attempt to ensure the timely running of trains, the Railways has planned to use GPS-enabled tracking devices in the trains. This usage of the GPS-based devices fitted in locomotives would provide advance information to the passengers and the railway authorities.

A railway official told IANS that plans were afoot to use the GPS-based devices in trains that would provide advance warning. The service begins for the routes of Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai by February-end, spreading across the entire nation in later stages.


GPS-enabled tracking devices

This transport provision is intended to be made available in real-time basis for overcoming the slower manual system and instead provide accurate train timings.

Lately, the test run implemented in Mughalsarai division in October has been a success. This pilot experiment provided crucial information as the system plotted the train on the map as well as on the speed chart.

Additionally, it also offered live information such as trains didn’t run on the maximum permissible speed, drivers exercised excessive controls at cautions, late start and extra stoppage of trains, and a speedometer errors as well.

The railway minister Mr. Piyush Goyal has now asked all 16 railway zones in India to adopt this system, called real-time punctuality monitoring and analysis (RPMA), to ensure punctuality and safety. Thereby, train status is continuously accessible consequently allowing the drivers and guards to be evaluated on real-time performance parameters.

This entire reach of digital information could go a long way in streamlining the country’s largest public carrier.


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