Newspatrolling: In yet another move that highlights its commitment to improving its services, the railways will soon be deploying satellite-based chip systems on trains. Developed by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization), the satellite-based chip system is one of the most advanced in the world. It will serve two primary purposes. Firstly, it will be used to warn people at unmanned level crossings and secondly, it will also be used to track real time status of trains. The satellite-based chip systems will first be deployed on a pilot basis on Mumbai and Guwahati Rajdhani trains. Once perfected, it will be introduced in other trains as well.
At unmanned level crossings, the satellite-based chip system will activate a hooter when the train is 500 meters from the crossing. This will warn people about the approaching train. This system would help save many lives since around 40% of all railway accidents occur at unmanned railway crossings. There are around 10,000 unmanned railways crossings in the country. The satellite-based system will also help rail authorities to take prompt action in case of train accidents occurring in remote areas.