New Delhi, November 14: Safety at unmanned level crossings is a cause of serious concern for railways. It is finding solutions for this issue and here it is, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is helping the Indian Railways use its satellite-based system to check accidents at unmanned railway crossings and track train movements on a real-time basis.
The railways will install ISRO-developed integrated circuit (IC) chips on 10,000 locomotives of trains. About 500 meters before the level crossings, the hooter will be activated through a signal from the IC chip, warning road users as well as the train drivers near the crossing. The hooter will become louder as the level crossing nears, and will fall silent after the train has passed.
The satellite-based system will also help railways in mapping the area, and the technology will come in handy at the time of accidents when it can be used to ascertain the exact location of trains and topography.
There are around 10000 unmanned railway crossing across the country. This system will be beneficial for the whole transport system and will ensure more safety to the public.