Enabling train tracking in real time with GPS

The service begins for the routes of Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai by February-end, spreading across the entire nation in later stages.

INDIA Updated: Nov 30, 2017 14:40 IST Hindustan Times, New Delhi

In an attempt to ensure 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.

GPS-enabled tracking devices

GPS-enabled tracking devices

This provision is intended to be made available in real-time basis for overcoming the slower manual system and instead provide accurate train timings. MapmyIndia is delighted to be a part of this collaboration as this would aid in avoiding delays and rather show a good punctuality record.
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. PiyushGoyal 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 range of digital information could go a long way in streamlining the country’s largest public carrier.
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