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Real-time Train Information System

  • 19 Mar 2020
  • 2 min read

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The Real-time Train Information system is being installed in locomotives to enable better tracking of train movement.

  • The RTIS Project is being executed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • RTIS is an example of ‘Make In India’ as it has been entirely designed, developed and manufactured within the country.

Benefits of RTIS

  • RTIS enables automatic acquisition of train movement timings at the stations, including that of arrival & departure or run-through.
  • It also helps in automatic plotting of control charts in ICT based Control Office Application (COA) on all divisions of Indian Railways.
  • It also enables the train controllers to track the location and speed of locomotives/trains more closely, without any manual intervention, which helps in improving the efficiency of train control.
    • Further, it is extremely handy for emergency messaging from locomotive to control centre, helping in faster response in case of any breakdown or disaster.
  • The real time data of RTIS is also linked with the National Train Enquiry System (NTES). Thus, more accurate train running information is being passed to the passengers, which helps them to conveniently plan their arrival at the stations.

Centre for Railway Information Systems

  • The Ministry of Railways set up CRIS as a Society in July 1986. It is the Information Technology (IT) wing of Indian Railways.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi.
  • It performs the functions of Indian Railways such as passenger ticketing, freight operations, train dispatching and control, crew management, e-procurement, etc.
    • NTES was developed by the CRIS.

Source: PIB

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