Saankhya Labs in partnership with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) and Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) has deployed 2,600 Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) terminals on locomotives of Indian Railways.
The Minister of State for Railways, Suresh Angadi has said that the Indian Railways will be well served by the deployment of 2,600 Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) terminals on railway locomotives designed and developed by Saankhya Labs in partnership with ISRO and BEL.
Real-time Train Information System (RTIS) project is being executed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) in collaboration with ISRO. As part of the phase I implementation of RTIS, BEL has commissioned the RTIS network deploying over 2,600 MSS terminals on locomotives of Indian Railways. Saankhya Labs is the satcom technology partner for BEL in the RTIS project.
RTIS is primarily used for acquisition of train movement data, including that of arrival, departure and run-through timings at the stations enroute. The trains hauled by RTIS enabled locomotives gets tracked and plotted automatically in the Control Office Application (COA) at central control office.
Saankhya Labs supplied the satcom modems and hub-side equipment for RTIS project. The end-to-end solution was indigenously designed, developed and manufactured in India, all powered by Saankhya’s patented Software Defined Radio (SDR) chipsets.
Highlighting the development, Suresh Angadi said, “The benefits of this will be far-reaching and help the railways improve upon its operational efficiency which includes timing and safety. The system generates huge volumes of data in real time that will further help streamline operations of the Indian Railways.”
Parag Naik, Co-founder and CEO of Saankhya Labs said, “Over 8 billion passengers commute on Indian railways annually and RTIS is bound to have a profound impact on the efficient running of the network. We are glad to be part of it. Saankhya Labs looks forward to bringing unique technology and solutions enabling ongoing transformation of Indian Railways, all powered by indigenous technology.”
The system provides railway authorities with large amounts of data. At present it generates more than 14 million daily updates on train locations, which helps the railways to develop better modules for train operations. It also helps to regulate traffic when increased number of trains, especially during the festive season.
The RTIS is integrated with New Train Enquiry System (NTES) and the commuters are benefited as they get accurate information regarding the arrival/departure and delays of the trains.